Nicknamed “Captain Fantastic,” Mahendra Singh Dhoni—more popularly known as M.S. Dhoni—is a very popular cricket player in India, having broken numerous records and captained teams to many victories in different competitions. He is also the person who led the Indian team to top the ICC rankings in Test cricket, the first ever top ranking that the team has ever received.
Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur that never calls for time out, working 24/7 to run his businesses that include Dallas Mavericks, AXS TV, Landmark Theaters, and Magnolia Pictures. In his own words, “I look at a business as a sport and in football you play 60 minutes, basketball you play 48 minutes. In business its 24 by 7 by 365 and the world’s trying to kick your ass.”
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, former Los Angeles Lakers player known as “Magic Johnson,” was diagnosed with HIV in 1991. He was also known for his epic basketball rivalry with Celtics’ Larry Bird. The first player to sell license NBA products, Magic founded the Johnson Development Corporation and won an Olympic Gold medal when he competed in the 1992 US Olympic with the dream team.
Swiss fighter pilot, A380 Captain, Guinness Book record holder and first man to fly a jet propelled wing, Yves Rossy A.K.A. Fusion Man, Jetman is no kamikaze however he does love to live life to the fullest. Yves Rossy has flown between England and France with his wing jet, flown alongside spitfire fighter planes. F18’s, he has also flown in Rio, Switzerland, and even attempted a flight between Morocco and Spain with his jet propelled wing.
Michael Jordan is known to the world as the greatest basketball player of all time. His achievements include five Most Valuable Player Awards, dual Olympic Gold Medalist, Six NBA Finals (National Basketball Association), Most valuable Player Award, Athlete of the 20th Century title from ESPN, held the highest career playoff scoring card (averaging 33.45 points per game), and getting inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Alex Zanardi, F1 racer, two–time championship winner of CART Series, World Tour Car Racer, Olympic Gold medalist, author, founder of the Alex Zanardi Foundation, motivational speaker and hero to millions, is the Italian stallion of comebacks. In 2001, Alex was involved in a horrific motor racing incident—a crash at the Euro Speedway in Lausitz, Germany—that resulted in the amputation of both his legs. Prior to this, he had a successful racing career in Open Wheel Racing (CART) winning back–to–back championships in 1997 and 1998.
Layne Beachley, AKA “Gidget”, holds the World record of seven times women’s ASP Surfing World Champion, six of them back to back titles; she is the founder of the charity, Aim For the Stars, Richest Women’s Surf Championship in the World event organizer, a motivational and public speaker, author, mentor, and high profile television personality who began her professional career as a surfer when she was just sixteen years old.
Team Hoyt, the father and son triathlon and marathon tandem, inspired triathletes and marathon runners around the globe after they posted their video of completing the Hawaiian Ironman together. They have been profiled on 60 Minutes USA and Australia and competed in over 1000 marathon and triathlon international events over the last 30 years.
Diana Nyad was one of the greatest long-distance swimmers in the world. She reigned for a decade from 1969 to 1979. Diana is an athlete, an intriguing and accomplished lady, and a riveting speaker. In 1979, she performed the longest swim in history from Biminis to Florida, a journey of 102.5 miles and set a world record for a continuous swim without wetsuit.
Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold and 10 World Championship medals and became the Track and Field News Athlete of the Year for three years. He was also recognized by Sports Illustrated Magazine as the Olympian of the Century and the International Olympic Committee as the Sportsman of the Century. Carl Lewis always amazed us by being a running and jumping sensation for the longest time. Lewis’ unsurpassed talent in long jump and sprints have put him on the high pedestal of success like no one ever did in this generation.