The usual sports heroes include Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and more. These athletes truly dominated their respective sports but the ones that came after are on the move.
Meet two rising athletes of today to be inspired by.
The Greek Freak of NBA. Antetokounmpo is only in his 20s and is already making a mark in the NBA. He is now being aligned as one of the best players in the league and he just continues on reaching one achievement after another.
Antetokounmpo grew up in poverty. When he was young playing basketball in his hometown, he would often attend practice with an empty stomach.
The coach who mentored him before, Spiros Velliniatis, said Antetokounmpo was a hardworking man and that he practiced relentlessly to become the player he is today.
Velliniatis said that Antetokounmpo was not that good a basketball player but he had the mind of steel and that was the key for him to earn his nickname and his spot in the NBA.
Claressa “T-Rex” Shields
One of the rising female boxers in boxing right now. In her early 20s, Shields had more than 70 victories as an amateur boxer and she is now in the pro ring. Shields is dominating the middleweight category right now and she’s is showing no signs of stopping.
Shields inspire other boxers especially kids not with words, but with her fighting skills. Her angles, her footwork, her speed and her willpower is on another level. Check out her 2019 fight against German superstar Nikki Adler.
Greek Freak and T-Rex are just some of the athletes inspiring millions of young people out there. You’ll never know, after years of training, you might face off against these professionals. From idols to rivals.