Laila Ali is a former pro boxer who holds both middleweight and light heavyweight titles. She retired in 2007 undefeated. If her last name sounds familiar, then you’re absolutely correct, as she’s the daughter of former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, who is arguably the greatest boxer of all times. In the photo below, Laila Ali is seen posing with her father after defeating Erin Toughill by knockout on June 11, 2005.
Fun fact, Laila Ali worked as a manicurist when she was 16, and she even owned her own salon. Despite growing up with a boxing champion as a father, her interest in boxing didn’t spark until she was 18 after watching a women’s boxing match. What a career change! Her father wasn’t thrilled with the idea of her dangerous new venture, but he would eventually show his support and attend her boxing matches, and he definitely did not disappoint.
Peppers Like A Boss
We are so in love with this picture. In a display of brilliant timing, the photographer managed to capture these players in a perfect star formation. It almost looks more like they’re in the middle of some choreographed dance routine than a basketball game!
What you’re actually seeing here is Julius Peppers (yes, the football player) making a valiant attempt at a difficult shot, guarded by a rival player. Before his football career kicked off, Peppers played college basketball for North Carolina. While his athletic ability is clear in this image, his Duke counterpart has an insanely graceful defensive game.
A Running Champion
This image was captured during the finals of the 100m dash at the 1988 Olympics. At this elite level, athletes are completing the race in a matter of seconds, so it seems impossible for anyone sprinter to pull that far ahead of the pack. Winners are often determined by fractions of a second.
Yet in this image, we see the incredible Ben Johnson blitzing the rest of the runners on his way to a gold medal at these Olympics, held in South Korea. In the process, he set a new world record. If you’re thinking this skill level looks impossible, well, you’re kind of right. Johnson was later found to be using performance-enhancing drugs and had the gold medal stripped from him.
The Incredible Maradona
How many soccer players does it take to block Maradona from scoring? Apparently, more than six. The late Diego Maradona, one of the best soccer players in history and the most phenomenal World Cup performers ever, is seen below dribbling in between six(!) Belgian players on their way to scoring a coast-to-coast goal in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The goal is widely considered to be one of the best in the history of the sport.
There is much debate about a better soccer player, Maradona, who played for Argentinian or his arch-rival, the Brazilian soccer player, Pelé. The FIFA committee couldn't decide either, as they were joint titled FIFA Player of the 20th Century.
Styling On The Running Track
Sprinter and track star Florence Griffith Joyner, also known by the moniker Flo-jo, wasn't only known for her unbelievable speed but also her flamboyant fashion sense. She was known for showing up to track meets in vibrant colored two pieces, her iconic one-legged track-suites, and long acrylic nails, as seen in the photos below.
Griffith's 1988 record-breaking times for the 100 m and 200 m dashes still stand today. Thus in 2019, she is still regarded as the fastest woman of all time.