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Athletes Who Excelled in More than One Sport

Athletes Who Excelled in More than One Sport

Many of the world's renowned athletes have made a name for themselves by achieving success in one particular sport. But some others have excelled in two or more sports. This SportsAspire article gives you the names and disciplines of the top multi-sport athletes of all time.
Sharmistha Sarkar
Did You Know?

Bob Hayes is the first man to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.

Bo Jackson is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was also named as the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.

The world of sports is extremely competitive and therefore it is not easy to excel in this field, and that too, in more than one sport. However, some versatile athletes have made a name for themselves in multiple sports simultaneously. Overcoming obstacles and facing the fierce competition, they have managed to succeed in more than one sport. Some of them have competed in high school and college, while others have competed professionally. Athletes such as Brian Jordan, Bob Hayes, Jim Thorpe, Bo Jackson, Marion Jones, and Deion Sanders are some such athletes who have learned and mastered the skills of other sports just as their main sport. They have earned a place among the best athletes in history. Take a look at some of the greatest multi-sport athletes.

Jim Thorpe ( May 22, 1887 - March 28, 1953)
One of the most versatile players in history, Jim Thorpe, bagged Olympic gold medals for pentathlon and decathlon in 1912. He played American football in college and as a professional. He also played baseball and basketball professionally. He lost his Olympic titles when it was discovered that he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball. The International Olympic Committee restored his Olympic medals after his death.

Daniel Ainge (born March 17, 1959)
Daniel Ray Ainge, a multi-sport star, is a retired professional basketball and baseball player. This great athlete is the only one to be called a high school first team All-American in football, basketball, and baseball. He is now the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962)
"Bo" Jackson, an American former baseball and football player, is the only athlete to be known as an All-Star in two major American sports. He gained recognition in the 1980s as a multifaceted athlete, who excelled in baseball and football at an early age. He was named as the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.

Deion Luwynn Sanders, Sr. (born August 9, 1967)
Deion Luwynn Sanders is an outstanding American athlete who played football and baseball at the professional level during the same time period. He is the only person to play in both a Super Bowl and the World Series. Sanders won the Jim Thorpe Award in 1988. He now works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

Ellyse Perry (born November 3, 1990)
Ellyse Perry is the youngest sportswoman to represent Australia in senior international cricket. She is also the first Australian woman to have appeared in both cricket and association football World Cups.

Marion Lois Jones (born October 12, 1975)
Marion Jones is a former American world champion track and field athlete and a professional basketball player. She was considered as the number-one female athlete in track and field when she was in her early 20s. Jones achieved success in all her athletic endeavors which includes the track and the long jump pit. She bagged three gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. However, she was later stripped of the titles when she admitted of having used steroids.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963)
Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player. Considered as the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He won five regular season MVP awards, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP awards, six NBA championships, and a defensive player of the year award.

Jeffrey "Goldie" William Wilson (born October 24, 1973)
Jeffrey William or Jeff Wilson, one of the most gifted all-round sportsmen of New Zealand, has represented his country in both rugby union and cricket. He also plays basketball and has won national secondary school titles in track and field.

Katie Taylor (born July 2, 1986)
The hugely popular and outstanding Katie Taylor is a boxer from Ireland. Currently, she is the Irish, European, World and Olympic boxing Champion at 60 kg division. She is well-known as the best female boxer in the World.

 Taylor has also represented her country in association football. She was the flag bearer for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London. She bagged an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division, and was named as the Sportsperson of the Year at the 2012 People of the Year Awards in September 2012.

John Albert Elway, Jr. (born June 28, 1960)
John Elway is a former American football quarterback. He played college football in Stanford and played professionally for the Denver Broncos for 16 years, which was highly successful. Elway won two Super Bowl titles during his playing career with the Denver Broncos. He is currently the General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Elway also excelled in baseball. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1981 MLB Draft.
Others on the List of Multi-sport Athletes
Lottie Dod
Tennis, Golf, Field Hockey, Archery

Mary Browne
Tennis, Golf

Margaret Curtis
Tennis, Golf

Ellsworth Vines

Tennis, Golf

Althea Gibson
Tennis, Golf

Willie Davenport
Track and Field, Bobsledding

Glenn Davis
Football, Track and Field

Gary Gubner
Track and Field, Weightlifting

Adam Gemili
Track and Field, Football

Lolo Jones
Track and Field, Bobsledding

Renaldo Nehemiah
Track and Field, Football

Gérard Blitz
Swimming, Water Polo

Otto Herschmann
Swimming, Fencing

Robert Hughes
Swimming, Water Polo

Johnny Weissmuller
Swimming, Water Polo

Shaun Palmer
Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Motocross

Karmichael Hunt
Rugby Union, Football

Sonny William 'Sonny Bill' Williams
Rugby, Boxing

Tim Buzaglo

Football, Cricket

Monty Betham
Boxing, Rugby League

John Surtees
Motorcycle racing, Formula One

John Hopoate

Rugby League, Boxing

Anthony Mundine

Boxing, Rugby League

Herschel Walker

Football, Bobsledding, Mixed Martial Arts

Jarryd Lee Hayne
Football, Rugby League

Donna Wilkins
Netball, Basketball

Nasser Salih Nasser Abdullah Al-Attiyah
Rallying, Shooter

Travis Alan Pastrana
Motocross, Rallying

Alessandro Zanardi
Racing, Para-cycling

Paul Tracy
Automobile Racing, Mountain Biking

Kenneth Wayne Shamrock
Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling

Nickolas Robert "Nick" Diaz
Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing

Adam John Hollioake
Cricket, Mixed Martial Arts

Keith Jardine
Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing

Brock Edward Lesnar
Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts

Alistair Cees Overeem
Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing

Robert Malcolm "Bob" Sapp
Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

David Michael "Dave" Bautista Jr.
Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling

Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley
Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling

Gary Roberts
Ice hockey, Lacrosse

Hayley Wickenheiser
Softball, Ice hockey

Peter Zezel
Ice hockey, Soccer

Lionel Conacher
Ice hockey, Football

Bill Ezinicki
Ice hockey, Golf

Jon Mirasty
Ice hockey, Mixed Martial Arts

Joe Nieuwendyk
Hockey, Lacrosse

Sven Tumba
Ice hockey, Golf

Carl Voss
Ice hockey, Football

Ralph McKittrick
Golf, Tennis

Masashi Ozaki
Golf, Baseball

Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Golf, Basketball, Track and Field

Alison Shanks
Cycling, Netball

Clara Hughes
Cycling, Skating

Eric Arthur Heiden
Cycling, Skating

Christa Luding-Rothenburger
Cycling, Speed skating

Rebecca Romero
Cycling, Rowing

Lance Armstrong
Cycling, Swimming

Albert Alderman
Cricket, Football

Andrew Flintoff
Cricket, Boxing

C. B. Fry
Cricket, Football

Chris Balderstone
Cricket, Football

Denis Charles Scott Compton
Cricket, Football

Leslie Compton
Cricket, Football

Ian Botham
Cricket, Football

Rudie van Vuuren
Cricket, Rugby Union

Johnny Douglas
Cricket, Boxing

Simen Agdestein
Chess, Football

Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet
Chess, Badminton, Tennis

Jesse Lumsden
Football, Bobsledding

Eddie Eagan
Boxing, Bobsledding

Tom Zbikowski
American Football, Boxing

Mihai Leu
Boxing, Rallying

Michael Westbrook
American Football, Mixed Martial Arts

Wilt Chamberlain
Basketball, Volleyball

Nathaniel Clifton

Basketball, Baseball

Dave DeBusschere
Basketball, Baseball

Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan
Basketball, Swimming

Greg Lee
Basketball, Beach Volleyball

John Lucas II
Basketball, Tennis

Charlie Ward
Basketball, Tennis

Sammy Byrd

Baseball, Golf

Gene Conley

Baseball, Basketball

Pat Connaughton
Baseball, Basketball

Chuck Connors
Baseball, Basketball

Steve Hamilton
Baseball, Basketball

Mark Hendrickson

Baseball, Basketball

Wes Shivers
American Football, Mixed Martial Arts

Brian Jordan
Baseball, Football

Rick Rhoden
Baseball, Golf

Tim Stoddard
Baseball, Basketball

Wayne Athorne
Australian Rules Football, Track and Field

Dean Brogan
Australian Rules Football, Basketball

Bob Edmond
Australian Rules Football, Weightlifting

Jim A. Matthews

Australian Rules Football, Tennis

Mike Pyke

Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union

Ken Slater
Australian Rules Football, Tennis

Ron Taylor
Australian Rules Football, Boxing

Bruce Arena
Soccer, Lacrosse

Chuni Goswami
Cricket, Football

Harold Jarman
Cricket, Association Football

Ron Tindall
Cricket, Football

Curtis Woodhouse

Football, Boxing

Knut Anders Fostervold
Football, Cycling

Gary Neville
Cricket, Football

John Brodie
American Football, Golf

Ron Brown
Track and Field, American Football

Michael Carter
American Football, Track and Field

Ray Edwards
American Football, Boxing

John Elway
American Football, Baseball

Darren Fells
American Football, Basketball

Turner Gill
American Football, Baseball

Herbert Goodman
American Football, Mixed Martial Arts

Otto Graham
American Football, Basketball

Bud Grant
American Football, Basketball

Bob Hayes
American Football, Track and Field

Drew Henson
American Football, Baseball

James Jett
American Football, Track and Field

Ernie Ladd
American Football, Wrestling