A role model is a person whose behavior, or success is or can be copied by others, in most cases, the younger people. Sportsmen and women are the community of role models in today's age.The endurance, speed, accuracy, determination and hard work put in by these athletes in winning various sports makes them very admirable. In fact, they are idolized and many wish they were them.
Following are the 5 Most Admired Gay & Straight Athletes of 2016:
1. Tom Daley
Tomy Daley is a 22 year old Olympic diver of British Origin. He started diving nationally and internationally at the a tender age of only nine. Daley has won several medals including the Common Wealth Games, FINA World Championships and the recent 2016 Summer Olympics Games among many others.
He made waves in 2013 by publicly declaring to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community (LGBT) that he is gay. His courage and determination has made many to admire him, he even broke the tweeter internwt record for his declaration.
Tom Daley is one of the most physically admired athletes of our time. Makes me want to put money down on Advance Elements inflatable kayak and make my way to the pool!
2. Michael Phelps
Also known as 'the flying fish' or 'Gomer', Michael is a 31 year old was who has won a total of 28 medals in his swimming career, with 8 of them being won in the 2008 Beijing Games.
In a recent interview at the parade, Phelps said that he swims two to five hours a day, six to seven days a week to prepare for the Olympics.His hard work has earned him respect among many.He is currently coaching the US team.
Since I am a poor swimmer, maybe I'll start with some inflatable kayak reviews and make my way up?
3. Serena Williams
Serena gained awe for being the best female tennis player and has been credited for ushering in the power of women as professional tennis players. At only 35, she was ranked the highest paid female athlete in 2016 earning 28.9 US Dollars in prize money and endorsements.
4. Usain Bolt
Also known as 'the lightening bolt', Usain is the best athlete in the world right now.The Jamaican Sprinter began his career over a lunch bet and has since then won many records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and in being part of 4 × 100 meters relay. He has a gaming app called bolt. At 31, he is a role model to many young and the young at heart.
5. Caster Semenya Mokgadi
Caster is a 29 year old South African middle-distance runner. She recently took place in the 2016 Olympic Games and won a gold medalist. In 2009,Semenya won a gold medal in the women's 800 meters at the World Championships in a record time of 1:55.45.
Her victory was controversial and this led to her being subjected to gender testing. She was later withdrawn from international competition until 6th July,2010 when the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.
Conclusion: Is That It?
Of course not! More to come. We will be including dozens of great examples of gay and straight athletes that should be admired for their athletics, no matter what their sexuality.
In conclusion, sports champions have a bigger role to play in society especially when it comes to positively influencing the younger generation. The above five are just but a few admired athletes of all time from the past and present who make you stand in awe. They have made an impact not only to their respective sports, but to fans, both young and old, all across the world. Remember that respect is not given, it is earned.