Famous Sports Personalities

Famous Sports Personalities

Jul 09, 2022

FAMOUS SPORTSPEOPLE

QUESTIONS

1. This German former tennis star was ranked at World Number 1 for a record 377 weeks, won 22 Major Singles titles and was the first to win the Golden Slam (All four major singles titles in a year). She is also the only male or female tennis player, as of 2022, to have won each major tournament at least four times. What is her name?

2. This Australian Hall of Fame cricketer played on the international stage from 1991 to 2007 as a leg spin bowler which saw him regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever bowlers. He has a statue in his honour outside the Melbourne Cricket ground and he was honoured with a state memorial service there after his untimely death in March 2022. Who is he?

3. This Somali born long distance runner is the most successful British track athlete in Modern Olympic Games history. He holds four Olympic and six World Title gold medals and he won both the 5,000m and the 10,000m titles at successive Olympic games in 2012 and 2016. He was knighted in 2017 and in 2020 appeared on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’ Who is he?

4. Between 1984 and 2000, this person won five Olympic Gold Medals and is the most successful male rower in Olympic history. He carried the British flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on two occasions and was knighted in 2001 for services to rowing. Who is he?

5. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, this Brazilian footballer is regarded as the best to have played on the international stage. He appeared in the 1981 film, ‘Escape to Victory’ alongside other great footballers from the 60’s and ‘70s, as well as Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone. He holds the records for most hat-tricks in World football and holds three FIFA World Cup final winners medals. Who is he?

6. Born in 1942, this American professional boxer was one of the most significant sportspeople of the 20th Century. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and in 1960 won the Olympic gold medal in the light heavyweight division. He changed his name in 1964 after beating Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight title in a major upset. His fights included, the Fight of the Century, the thriller in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle. Who is this icon of sport?

7. Nicknamed, ‘The Flying Fish’, this American swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, 23 of them gold. He won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing games. He retired in 2012 but made a comeback in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro games and was flag bearer during the Parade of Nations. In 2008, Mark Spitz said he was the greatest swimmer of all time and possibly the greatest athlete. Who is this swimmer?

8. This Romanian born gymnast won five Olympic gold medals and at the age of 14 scored a perfect 10 in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. The first gymnast ever to receive the perfect score. What is her name?

9. This extraordinary man played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six of them with the Chicago Bulls. He was a trail breaker when it came to endorsements for professional athletes and the range of Nike training shoes, introduced in 1984, are still popular and collectible today. He appeared as himself in the 1996 film, ‘Space Jam’ and in 2016 became the first billionaire in NBA history. Who is he?

10. In 1948 this 30 year old, mother of two, Dutch woman won four gold medals (the first woman to do so at a single Olympic Games) at the London Olympic Games and earned the nickname, ‘The Flying Housewife’. She competed in the High Jump and the 4x100m on the same day in the 1936 Olympics and also managed to get an autograph from Jesse Owens, which she later claimed was her prized possession. Her last major competition was in 1955 where she won the Dutch title for the Shot-put. She died in 2004 and there are statues to her memory in Rotterdam and Hengelo. Who was this remarkable woman?

 

................................................ANSWERS BELOW..............................

ANSWERS

1. This German former tennis star was ranked at World Number 1 for a record 377 weeks, won 22 Major Singles titles and was the first to win the Golden Slam (All four major singles titles in a year). She is also the only male or female tennis player, as of 2022, to have won each major tournament at least four times. What is her name?
STEFFI GRAF

2. This Australian Hall of Fame cricketer played on the international stage from 1991 to 2007 as a leg spin bowler which saw him regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever bowlers. He has a statue in his honour outside the Melbourne Cricket ground and he was honoured with a state memorial service there after his untimely death in March 2022. Who is he?
SHANE WARNE

3. This Somali born long distance runner is the most successful British track athlete in Modern Olympic Games history. He holds four Olympic and six World Title gold medals and he won both the 5,000m and the 10,000m titles at successive Olympic games in 2012 and 2016. He was knighted in 2017 and in 2020 appeared on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’ Who is he?
SIR MO FARAH

4. Between 1984 and 2000, this person won five Olympic Gold Medals and is the most successful male rower in Olympic history. He carried the British flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on two occasions and was knighted in 2001 for services to rowing. Who is he?
SIR STEVE REDGRAVE

5. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, this Brazilian footballer is regarded as the best to have played on the international stage. He appeared in the 1981 film, ‘Escape to Victory’ alongside other great footballers from the 60’s and ‘70s, as well as Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone. He holds the records for most hat-tricks in World football and holds three FIFA World Cup final winners medals. Who is he?
PELE

6. Born in 1942, this American professional boxer was one of the most significant sportspeople of the 20th Century. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and in 1960 won the Olympic gold medal in the light heavyweight division. He changed his name in 1964 after beating Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight title in a major upset. His fights included, the Fight of the Century, the thriller in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle. Who is this icon of sport?
MUHAMMAD ALI (Will also accept Cassius Clay if that was your answer)

7. Nicknamed, ‘The Flying Fish’, this American swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, 23 of them gold. He won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing games. He retired in 2012 but made a comeback in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro games and was flag bearer during the Parade of Nations. In 2008, Mark Spitz said he was the greatest swimmer of all time and possibly the greatest athlete. Who is this swimmer?
MICHAEL PHELPS

8. This Romanian born gymnast won five Olympic gold medals and at the age of 14 scored a perfect 10 in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. The first gymnast ever to receive the perfect score. What is her name?
NADIA COMANECI

9. This extraordinary man played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six of them with the Chicago Bulls. He was a trail breaker when it came to endorsements for professional athletes and the range of Nike training shoes, introduced in 1984, are still popular and collectible today. He appeared as himself in the 1996 film, ‘Space Jam’ and in 2016 became the first billionaire in NBA history. Who is he?
MICHAEL JORDAN

10. In 1948 this 30 year old, mother of two, Dutch woman won four gold medals (the first woman to do so at a single Olympic Games) at the London Olympic Games and earned the nickname, ‘The Flying Housewife’. She competed in the High Jump and the 4x100m on the same day in the 1936 Olympics and also managed to get an autograph from Jesse Owens, which she later claimed was her prized possession. Her last major competition was in 1955 where she won the Dutch title for the Shot-put. She died in 2004 and there are statues to her memory in Rotterdam and Hengelo. Who was this remarkable woman?
FANNY BLANKERS KOEN

 

Enjoy this post?

Buy Daily Quiz Questions a coffee

More from Daily Quiz Questions