Can You Name the Sport From the Athlete?

Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

What does it take for an athlete to make it to the highest level of their respective sport: training, dedication, talent or a combination of many skills and attributes? For athletes who do reach the peak in their professions, there's little doubt that they put the time in to be as gifted as they are. Now, you can take the time to match those athletes to the sport they play with this quiz. Are you up for the challenge?

From a young age, sports is one of the first activities we are introduced to. They are ingrained in our culture and have been for thousands of years. After all, ancient civilizations were playing ballgames and combat sports all the way back to the BCE. These sports, of course, had stars of their own. You might even have heard of Milo of Croton, an ancient Olympic wrestler, or Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a Roman chariot racer. 

In the modern world, the popularity of these athletes has only increased. Have you been paying enough attention to sports to know who these athletes are? Here's your chance to find out.

If you think you know enough about the world of sports, jump into this quiz and see how competitive you actually are. 

LeBron James has earned just about every accomplishment imaginable in his sport. What does he play?

LeBron James called his 2016 title victory in Cleveland the greatest accomplishment of his career. The three time NBA champion is probably right considering he had to lead the Cavaliers back from a 3-1 hole against the Golden State Warriors.

Even as he ages, Tom Brady continues to mesmerize fans of which sport?

Tom Brady's six Super Bowl rings make him the greatest champion at the quarterback position that the NFL has ever seen. Love him or hate him, as many do, it's hard to deny that Brady has earned the respect of the entire football world.

In which profession did Mike Trout just sign one of the richest contracts in history?

Barring a trade, Mike Trout will be with the Los Angeles Angels until 2030. Considering he's already a two-time AL MVP and seven time All Star, the Angels are surely happy to have secured him on their roster.

Which sport is missing one of its biggest stars when Tiger Woods isn't competing for a championship?

Tiger Woods fell from the top of the golf world after winning the U.S. Open in 2008. With back problems and personal issues weighing on him, analysts thought Tiger Woods was done winning majors until he won the Masters Tournament in 2019.

Serena Williams has become known for her emotional outbursts when she gets heated playing what sport?

Eight different times throughout her career, Serena Williams was ranked No. 1 in the women's singles division. In total, she held that position for 319 weeks, which puts her third all time in the Open Era.

Few players have the ball skills of Lionel Messi, who has taken it upon himself to master which profession?

Born in Argentina, Lionel Messi was part of the team that won gold during the 2008 Olympics. Messi performed extremely well during the tournament and even assisted on the only goal scored in the gold medal match against Nigeria.

Do you know which Olympic sport helped launch Lindsey Vonn to stardom?

Lindsey Vonn is one of only two females with four World Cup championships in skiing. Of those four championships, she won three in a row between 2008 and 2010. Her final title on this stage came in 2012.

Promoters of what sport love Canelo Álvarez because of his ability to draw fans?

Canelo Álvarez has only one loss on his record, which came against Floyd Mayweather Jr. when Alvarez was a much younger fighter. Alvarez lasted the entire fight, but the decision was given to Mayweather, whose defense proved to be too much.

Concussions almost knocked Sidney Crosby out of which sport early in his career?

Sidney Crosby was a major reason the Pittsburgh Penguins reached back to back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, where they faced the Detroit Redwings both years. The Penguins lost the 2008 Finals but got their revenge the next season, giving Crosby the first title of his career.

Never afraid of his competition, Conor McGregor is currently one of the biggest stars in what profession?

Conor McGregor rose to the top of the MMA world by trash talking his opponents to build hype for a match. Future stars in the sport followed his script, but none of them have been able to promote a fight quite like McGregor.

Odell Beckham Jr. found a new home recently after a team in which sport traded him?

In 2018, Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL when he signed a five year contract with the New York Giants. However, over the course of the season, Beckham became a team distraction and was traded to the Cleveland Browns when the year ended.

At a young age, Lydia Ko showed the entire world that she was the future of what sport?

Even though she's only 22 years old, Lydia Ko already has two major championships under her belt and has finished in the top three of each major at least once. Her victory at the 2015 Evian Championship made her the youngest women's major champion ever.

Can you identify the game that Steph Curry has helped revolutionize the past few seasons?

Steph Curry won back to back NBA MVPs in 2015 and 2016, mainly because of his three point shooting ability. Curry has been so good beyond the arc that he's on pace to break Ray Allen's record for three pointers in a career.

Gennady Golovkin has one controversial loss on his resume in which combat sport?

Gennady Golovkin was 37-0 when he went up against Canelo Alvarez in 2017. In a fight that Golovkin seemed to control, the judges called it a draw, leaving many to question if the match was fair from the beginning.

Are you familiar enough with Connor McDavid to know what sport he captains a team for?

A testament to his talent, Connor McDavid was taken with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft. McDavid has not disappointed since then, twice leading the league in points while earning the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2017.

A powerhouse player in his field, what does Aaron Judge do professionally?

Aaron Judge set the rookie record for home runs when he sent 52 balls out of the park in 2017. His play earned him a trip to the All Star Game as well as the AL Rookie of the Year award.

What has Roger Federer been playing so long that he has more title than anyone else?

Since reaching the top ten in tennis rankings in 2002, Roger Federer has become one of the greatest major champions to ever step foot on the court. He has been particularly great at Wimbledon, where he currently holds eight titles.

Holly Holm has proven that even the underdog can come out victorious in which sport?

Holly Holm surprised the sports world when she defeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Both women went into the fight undefeated, but Rousey was viewed as the better fighter because of her submission skills. Those skills didn't save her from a head kick in the second round, though.

Peers of Cristiano Ronaldo recognize him as one of the greatest players of all time in what profession?

So far in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the Balloon d'Or, an award given to the best soccer player each year, 15 times. He won the award five times, which puts him in a tie with Lionel Messi for the most ever.

Competitors in what sport fear the speed of Usain Bolt?

Since Usain Bolt set the men's 100 meters record in 2008, the only challenger for the record has been Bolt himself. After completed the sprint in 9.72 seconds, Bolt upped the ante by finishing it in 9.69 seconds and then in 9.58 seconds, which is the current record.

A former first round draft pick, Bryce Harper entered the highest level of which profession at only 19 years old?

Bryce Harper played the first seven years of his majors career with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him with the first pick in the 2010 MLB draft. At the start of the 2019 season, Harper signed a 13 year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, ending his time in the nation's capital.

Which sport needed a star like Diana Taurasi to elevate its popularity?

After leaving UConn in 2004, Diana Taurasi participated in the Olympics for the first time, winning gold with the U.S. Women's Basketball Team. She would win gold again in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

In recent years, Vasyl Lomachenko has been on a tear in what sport?

In only his second professional fight, Vasyl Lomachenko competed against Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title. In a match that went all 12 rounds, Lomachenko landed more punches but lost in a split decision because of his timidness early in the fight.

What game does Giannis Antetokounmpo play where he earned the nickname the "Greek Freak"?

Though he stood 6 foot 11 inches, Giannis Antetokounmpo came into the NBA undersized in terms of muscle mass, which led to some struggles in his first season. Antetokounmpo quickly turned that around, bulking up significantly while increasing his presence under the rim.

Aaron Rodgers has proven himself to be an elite passer playing what?

After winning Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers have failed to surround Aaron Rodgers with enough playmakers to get back to the title game. They did make the playoffs each of the following seasons until 2017 when the team finished 7-9.

Do you know which sport is happy to have Maria Sharapova as one of its top competitors?

Maria Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam when she won the French Open in 2012. At the time, it was the only major tournament that had eluded her, but it's also the only tournament she's won twice after she earned another title in 2014.

Nothing has stopped Jon Jones from stomping through the opposition in which profession?

Jon Jones' only loss in the UFC came against Matt Hamill, who Jones dominated for most of the fight. However, he used illegal elbows near the end of the first round, forcing the referee to call a disqualification.

Alex Morgan helped the United States win gold in the 2012 Olympics in what field?

After leaving college, Alex Morgan competed in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup as the youngest player on the team at 22 years old. The team finished second behind Japan, giving Morgan the first silver medal of her career.

Ireland is proud to have Rory McIlroy representing their country as part of which sport?

Rory McIlroy is one Masters Tournament win away from completing a career Grand Slam. His best finish at the tournament was fourth place in 2015, and considering he hasn't won a major since 2014, he has an uphill climb ahead of him.

In what sport has Alexander Ovechkin been one of the leading scorers throughout his career?

Alexander Ovechkin has been putting up big numbers since he entered the NHL in 2005. That season, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy after scoring 52 goals while also assisting on 54 shots.

You might look to Damian Lillard if you need a big play in which sport?

Damian Lillard's path to being one of the best shot makers in the NBA was a long one that started as a two star prospect coming out of high school. Lillard wouldn't receive offers from any major universities, settling at Weber State, where it took him four years to establish himself as an NBA prospect.

What profession has Clayton Kershaw been tearing through since 2008?

Few MLB pitchers over the past decade are as accomplished as Clayton Kershaw, who has three NL Cy Young Awards and earned a Triple Crown in 2011. However, Kershaw has yet to win a championship despite two appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Todd Gurley has been a star since his rookie season playing what?

Todd Gurley was coming off an ACL tear when he entered the NFL in 2015, but the injury did little to slow the running back down. In his rookie season, Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and ten touchdowns, earning him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Female competitors in which sport fear Cris Cyborg because of her skill level?

When Cris Cyborg signed with Strikeforce in 2009, her popularity soared, but she failed to make weight in her first fight against Hitomi Akano. Akano took the fight anyways, but Cyborg defeated her in the third round with a technical knockout victory, setting up one of the biggest fights of Cyborg's career against Gina Carano.

Jordan Spieth played what in college before turning to the sport professionally?

Once Jordan Spieth turned professional in 2012, he quickly became one of golf's brightest young stars. In 2015, he had one of the best years of his career, winning two majors and finishing second in a third major.

In which Olympic game did Abby Wambach win a gold medal?

Abby Wambach will forever be remembered for her last second goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. The goal earned her an ESPY for Best Play of the Year.

After overcoming personal issues, Tyson Fury made one of the greatest comebacks in what athletic field?

After a three year absence from boxing, Tyson Fury returned to the ring in 2018, where he participated in three fights including a much anticipated bout against Deontay Wilder. Fury proved to be the better boxer for most of the fight, but a knockdown in the 12th round forced the judges to rule a draw.

Do you recall what Michael Phelps did to make a living?

With 23 gold medals, no Olympic athlete in the history of the games is as accomplished as Michael Phelps. His best Olympic performance came at the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he won eight gold medals.

Joel Embiid is a joy to watch both on and off the court in which sport?

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the 2019 Playoffs after a last second shot from Kawhi Leonard in Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals. After losing the game, Embiid's emotions took over, and he wept on the shoulder of the opposing team's center, showing just how much he cares about winning.

Coming off a championship loss in 2018, Manny Machado signed a ten year contract so he can keep playing what?

Though he's a consistent batter, Manny Machado has proven that he's just as valuable on the defensive side of the ball, where he's split time between third base and shortstop. His fielding ability on defense has earned him two Gold Glove Awards and four All Star appearances.

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