One of television's most respected journalists, Al Michaels has covered more major sports events since he joined ABC Sports in 1976 than any sportscaster. He has been widely acclaimed for his knowledgeable and insightful reporting in his primary assignment for ABC Sports since 1986 ," play-by-play announcer for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful sports series in television history.
Bela Karolyi, 2000 USA Gymnastics Women's National Team Coordinator, was born in Cluj, Romania. Bela Karolyi has become the most successful coach in the history of gymnastics. During his thirty-year career, Bela Karolyi has produced 28 Olympians, nine Olympic Champions, 15 World Champions, 12 European medallists and 6 U.S. National Champions
His family, including older sister Kyla, younger sister Genesis and younger brother Chelone, lived on 500 acres (2 km's) of land in the forest, where his parents celebrated the Solstices, in a log cabin without electricity or indoor plumbing.
Speed skater Bonnie Blair exemplifies success under pressure - the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports, but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time - such as speed skater Bonnie Blair.
Winner of the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating; Inducted into the World and US Figure Skating Halls of Fame as well as the USOC Hall of Fame; Host of "What Would Bryan Make?" on Food Network
Chris Klug captured the bronze medal in the Giant Slalom event at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Chris is the first-ever American to compete in the Olympics with an organ transplant.
Member of the 2008 U.S. Men's 4x100m Olympic Gold Medalist relay team at the Beijing Olympics; Gold Medalist in the 4x100m free relay and Silver medalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships
Dan Gable, the 2000 USA Olympic wrestling coach, enters his fifth season as the color analyst on Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling Series. Gable won the National Wrestling Media Association's "Broadcaster of the Year" award his first year on the air.
1994 Olympic gold medallist Dan Jansen is a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance. He first captured attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hearts went out to him when the world learned that his sister, whose last words were ones urging him to victory, had died mere hours before his first race.
Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Eric Arthur Heiden (born June 15, 1958) is an American speed skater who won an unprecedented five gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
Lysacek is the 2009 World champion, 2009 Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time World bronze medalist (2005-06), a two-time U.S. champion (2007-08) and a two-time Four Continents champion (2005, 2007) .
2-time Olympic 100m champion (92, 96); 3-time World 100H champion (93, 95, 99); 1993 World 100m champion; 3-time World Indoor 60m champion (93, 97, 04); 2003 World Indoor 60H champion; 10-time U.S. 100mH champ (91, 92, 95, 96, 99, 00, 2001-04); 1996 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist
Greg Louganis is more than just an Olympic Champion - he stands out as an exceptional human being who has led an extraordinary life. He exhibited sheer grace and a winning style as the world's greatest diver, but beyond the professional accolades, Greg Louganis was battling a number of personal difficulties.
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
2007 Davis Cup Winner and Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team; Author of the NY Times best-seller "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life"
Unusually slender for a swimmer at 5-foot-5 and only 102 pounds, Evans dominated the 1987 U. S. championships by winning four events, the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. She was the first woman to break the 16-minute barrier for 1,500 meters.
Jonny won the gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in the freestyle mogul event. He revolutionized skiing by bringing a non-traditional, "extreme" style to the event and became world famous for his "360 mute grab". He came home a national hero, and has been competing in other events and enjoying his celebrity status since then.
The boy who became "Dr. J" began life in a public housing project but his talent, hard work and determination were to take him a long way. One of the most exciting and talented players in the history of professional basketball, Julius Erving literally changed how the game is played.
Kerri Strug (born November 19, 1977) is an American gymnast from Tucson, Arizona. Strug was trained by the legendary coach Bela Karolyi, and joined the United States national team in 1991.
Kerri Lee Walsh (Born August 15, 1978) is an American beach volleyball player. Walsh was born in the U.S. state of California to Tim and Margie Walsh, and grew up in Saratoga.
"Always dream," says Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi always dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion and her dedication to that dream paid off. Through her hard work and determination, Kristi won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Landon Donovan is the most electrifying soccer player America has ever produced. Once a well-kept secret, the 20-year-old scoring machine exploded on to the global scene during World Cup 2002
Arguably the most dominant snowboardcross rider (male or female) in the business, Lindsey Jacobellis started at age 11 racing snowboardcross at a local event held at Stratton Mountain.
American swimmer Mark Spitz achieved an Olympic record in 1972 that may never be equalled: seven gold medals. Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself.
To the chants and screams of thousands across the nation, Mia Hamm and her U.S. team played and won the 1999 Women's World Cup. Featured in Women's Soccer World Magazine and Sports Illustrated, named the Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year (1997), and one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in People Magazine (1997), she now dominates the growing world of women's sport.
Michelle Kwan is one of the most popular winter Olympians of all-time. An Olympic silver and bronze medalist, Kwan earned her seventh World medal in March (a silver) to become the most decorated figure skater in World Championship history, including four titles.
The enthusiastic captain who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory, Eruzione served as a sportscaster for both the 1984 and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Mirai Nagasu is an American figure skater. She is the 2008 U.S. national champion, the 2010 U.S. silver medalist, and the 2007-2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.
Misty May-Treanor is a professional beach volleyball player in the United States. She was born on July 30, 1977 in Costa Mesa, CA. She currently resides in Long Beach, CA, a hub for beach volleyball. May graduated from California State University,
At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, the world met "Nadia." At age 14, this Romanian dynamo captured the hearts and minds of the world with her daring and perfection. As contributing editor of International Gymnast Magazine, she is still very involved in her sport. She speaks five languages and is a commentator at major gymnastics competitions for several television networks.
One of America's most popular and versatile performers, Nancy Kerrigan is known for her beauty and great artistry on ice. U.S. Champion and winner of two Olympic and World medals, she is a rare talent and a true delight to watch, and has become an audience favorite wherever she appears.
Oscar has one an olympic gold medal, numerous professional championship belts in different weight divisions. Until recent losses he was (and still is by some) regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
When Peter Vidmar was eleven years old, his parents found an ad in the newspaper for a new "experimental gymnastics program designed to develop future Olympic champions."
The name Picabo Street is synonymous with excellence in the sport of downhill skiing. Leading up to and following her exceptional gold medal performance at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Picabo's career on the mountain has no doubt been jagged and covered with obstacles; however, her resilience and sheer determination has earned her the title of one of today's most talented female athletes.
One of the most consistent ladies figure skaters in the world over the past three seasons, Hughes continues to progress technically and artistically at each event. A veteran of two U.S. World Teams, Hughes secured her third U.S. World Team berth with a silver medal performance at the 2001 U.S. Championships in Boston. Hughes favorite quote is "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
cottie Maurice Pippen was born September 25, 1965 and is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association .
American Shani Davis heads to Vancouver as the overwhelming favorite in the 1000m and 1500m. During the 2009-10 World Cup season, Davis won all four 1000m races.
Since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997, Swoopes has stormed onto the sports scene as one of the nation's most skilled and impressive athletes, earning the nickname that testifies to her speed and grace on the court, "Wind."
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Summer Sanders emerged as the most decorated U. S. swimmer, winning two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. The California native captured three gold medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games before embarking on her collegiate career at Stanford University.
One of the most popular and outspoken figures in professional sports, Lasorda has been associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 50 years'as a player, scout, coach, manager, and an executive. During his 20 years as manager, this Hall-of-Famer led the Dodgers to two World Series championships, four pennants, and six division crowns. An entertaining and powerful speaker, he captivates, educates, and energizes his audiences with his colorful stories, humor, and lessons for life.
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