Athletic Elite: 30 Amazing Facts About the World’s Top Athletes

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26Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

The most recent of Wayne Gretzky’s 60 NHL records was set sometime after his 1999 retirement. His points-per-game average of 1.921 was second only to Mario Lemieux (2.005), who later came out of retirement and lowered his own average, moving Gretzky to the number 1 spot.

27. Michael Jordan once tipped a waitress a $5 chip for bringing him a drink. Wayne Gretzky stopped the waitress, removed the $5 chip, grabbed one of the many $100 chips on Jordan’s side of the table, and gave it to her. Then he said, “That’s how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael.”

28. American professional golfer Phil Mickelson is actually right-handed in everything he does. He only golfs as a lefty because he would mirror his dad’s swing as a child.

29. As a child, Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph from his boxing idol Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prized fighter he vowed to never deny an autograph request, which he honored throughout his entire career. He even had a special P.O. box for anyone who wanted his autograph.

30. If Wayne Gretzky had never taken a single shot in his career, he would still be the all-time points leader. In other words, he had more assists than anybody has ever had goals and assists.

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