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Sports by Athlete

We give you the athlete, you tell us the sport they are known for.
Each sport is used only once
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: October 11, 2022
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First submittedDecember 10, 2010
Times taken295,713
Average score46.7%
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Athlete
Sport
Roger Federer
Tennis
Lionel Messi
Association football
Michael Jordan
Basketball
Babe Ruth
Baseball
Tiger Woods
Golf
Joe Montana
American football
Nadia Comăneci
Gymnastics
Wayne Gretzky
Ice hockey
Conor McGregor
Mixed martial arts
Michael Phelps
Swimming
Athlete
Sport
Sachin Tendulkar
Cricket
Usain Bolt
Athletics
Tony Hawk
Skateboarding
Yuna Kim
Figure skating
Muhammad Ali
Boxing
Eddy Merckx
Cycling
Misty May-Treanor
Beach volleyball
Hermann Maier
Alpine skiing
Shaun White
Snowboarding
Duke Kahanamoku
Surfing
Athlete
Sport
Alexander Karelin
Wrestling
Ma Long
Table tennis
Alex Honnold
Rock climbing
Jonah Lomu
Rugby union
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker
Lewis Hamilton
Auto racing
Greg Louganis
Diving
Phil Taylor
Darts
Nikola Karabatic
Handball
Secretariat
Horse racing
89 Comments
+3
Level 27
Jan 23, 2014
maybe accept surfboarding?
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Level 67
Oct 27, 2022
Seconded, for whatever reason that's the term that came to mind and I didn't try to think of alternatives because I was just hazarding a guess
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Level 28
Jan 23, 2014
Can you please accept bicyclist?
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Level 28
Jan 23, 2014
And gymnast for gymnastics?
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Level 48
Nov 3, 2016
And 'sports'? For every answer?
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Level 61
Oct 31, 2022
And bicycling
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Level 36
Jan 24, 2014
You should add Ultimate and put Brodie Smith as the famous Ultimate player!!
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Level ∞
Oct 11, 2022
Now that he's gone pro in disc golf it wouldn't work!
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Level 76
Jul 24, 2014
I bet Joe Montana, great athlete that he was, was crap at kicking a round ball.
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Level 47
Jan 31, 2018
I wouldn't be so sure of that. A lot of football stars played in other sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and track and field
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Level 61
Aug 6, 2023
I can tell you with absolute certainty though that Joe Montana growing up in 1960s America did not play soccer. Nobody did.
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Level 47
Jun 17, 2016
Please consider adding:

Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, or Jorge Lorenzo for MotoGP!

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Level 48
Nov 3, 2016
Yeah, after getting the roughly 15 I knew I typed in random sports. However, I am quite stunned and proud of not needing to guess Sachin Tendulkar, says an American.
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Level 23
Apr 13, 2023
Fellow American here, I didn't know who he was but given his Indian name I was able to put him and Cricket together.
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2024
This quiz should be updated with the times and Steve Smith should replace Sachin, just to make things interesting.
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Level 54
Apr 2, 2024
not because he was a better player right? because Sachin is definitely the greatest IMO. But the recognizability of an Indian names correlation with Cricket (exactly how I got table tennis for Ma Long) can be a good reason to replace Tendulkar with Smith
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Level 27
Nov 3, 2016
woo i got 21/30

considering I'm 11, not bad.

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Level 44
Jan 19, 2017
What amazes me is how more people guessed tiger woods than michael jordan. And woods being at the very top doesn't make a difference
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Level 66
Sep 8, 2017
Jordan has been retired for awhile now.
+4
Level 79
Oct 12, 2022
Golf is significantly better known world wide than basketball.
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Level 52
Apr 24, 2017
didn't read Michael Phelps so I didn't answer it... feel so stupid right now
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Level 43
Nov 10, 2017
You should totally add bowling to this list. Maybe lacrosse too.
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Level 61
Aug 6, 2023
I might be wrong but I don't think lacrosse has enough of a presence outside of the US to warrant inclusion.
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Level 52
May 15, 2024
I mean it's Canada's other national sport and also big in the Czech republic
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Level 46
Oct 15, 2018
Didn't know a lot of the people on the list, but faired well enough just going through different sports.
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Level 20
Mar 17, 2019
Ahahaha gymnastics is spelt with a "y"
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Level 68
Mar 12, 2020
Please add Chess - Vishwanathan Anand/Magnus Carlsen/Garry Kasparov
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Level 71
Oct 12, 2022
Is chess really a sport though?
+5
Level 80
Oct 12, 2022
Is darts?
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Level 76
Oct 15, 2022
And playing computer games is a sport now, too... they tell me.
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Level 63
Dec 15, 2023
I would argue that esports have as much of a claim to being a sport as chess does. Not that I think either of them really need to be classified as sports, though. They stand just fine on their own.
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Level 60
Jul 16, 2020
Any activity where the outcome or result is decided SOLELY on the opinion of judges, instead of measureable differences in performance, are NOT a sport in my opinion. Gymnastics, diving, figure skating etc are little more than novelty acts while others, such as boxing or judo which have more than one way if deciding a winner, should be regarded as sports.
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Level 78
Oct 12, 2022
In complete disagreement. It is a sport as long as there is physical activity under a predefined set of rules. When a group of friends get together for a morning run they are doing sport, even if they don't bother to keep track of the timings or who comes first.
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Level 56
Oct 27, 2022
Gymnastics, diving and figure skating do have measurable differences, which is why there are always two components to the scoring: the "technical merit" one is entirely about those measurable differences. There is a subjective bit combined with that, but that doesn't make it any less true that one contestant can be clearly better than another. Just look at the men's high bar final at the 2012 Olympics for a very clear-cut example.
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Level 69
Sep 13, 2020
can you accept skating, for scatboarding and figure skating
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Level 76
Oct 15, 2022
:D Now I want to know the rules to this scatboarding. Does it include jazz singing and/or fecal dropping? How do you win?
+1
Level 64
Jan 26, 2021
Choose a different athlete for football (Like Tom Brady or something)
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Level 64
Jan 26, 2021
oh i didn't pay attention and missed golf...
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Level 41
Aug 2, 2021
29% for snooker? Wow!
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2021
I got 19 but how the f did I miss football
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Level 36
Apr 2, 2022
Accept pool for snooker
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Level 87
Oct 11, 2022
This should only be allowed as Rocket Ronnie loves to play pool. Or at least the money that he can win from doing so!
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Level 74
Oct 27, 2022
He wasn't that great at it and he admitted later that he disliked it, in an interview.
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Level 74
Oct 27, 2022
NOPE! not the same game my friend. Sorry... diehard snooker fan right here.
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Level 90
Apr 17, 2022
Add ferret-legging
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Level 84
Oct 15, 2022
LLLLLLOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!

A very simple sport to play, too. Apparently all you need is a pair of baggy trousers, secured tightly at the ankles, and 2 live ferrets. Veterans of the sport say it's highly advisable to be sure your ferrets are well-fed before playing.

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Level 57
Jul 20, 2022
Why complain because the sports/names are obscure? If everything was as easy as "Michael Jordan" and "Wayne Gretzky," then everyone would get 100% wouldn't they? Part of the whole trivia thing is that you either know it or not. AND, I did get a couple by just by guessing sports.

I, for one, got 26 and quite enjoyed the quiz. Good job creating this one!

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Level 89
Oct 12, 2022
Exactly. Sports that are big in one country are not necessarily in others so a 'world champion' in a sport that is played in only 10 countries won't be as famous as a world champion in a sport played in 100 countries.
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Level 68
Oct 11, 2022
Can you accept racing and/or driving?
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Level 79
Oct 13, 2022
Great quiz, I love the range of sports, truly international, great job
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Level 78
Oct 13, 2022
Seriously? People know the most famous handball player? Is that even a spectator sport?
+3
Level 76
Oct 15, 2022
It's pretty big in some parts of Europe.
+4
Level 56
Oct 27, 2022
Yes, I believe it's much bigger internationally than (say) gridiron...
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Level 61
Nov 8, 2022
It's very popular in parts of Europe and is becoming more popular worldwide - the US national team is set to participate in the World Championship next year.

And if you know anything about handball, you'll know Karabatic, his name is pretty much synonymous with the sport.

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Level 84
Oct 15, 2022
How in the world did Aziz Ahmad not make this quiz?!! Best Buzkashi player in the world.

We like to play Buzkashi at family reunions. Fun for the whole family...as long as someone remembers to bring a dead goat.

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Level 60
Oct 18, 2022
Accept 'halfpipe' for snowboarding?
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Level 72
Oct 27, 2022
Halfpipe is not a sport, it's an event. Snowboarding, freestyle skiing, rollerblading and skateboarding are the sports that can go in a halfpipe.
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Level 89
Oct 18, 2022
Just take the most English name you don't know and type "darts".
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Level 37
Oct 27, 2022
Lol or cricket or rugby.
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Level 78
Oct 27, 2022
Only got 15 but I must still give special kudos for including a horse in the list :D
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Level 74
Oct 28, 2022
Yes, one horse and two women. Super inclusive XD
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Level 37
Oct 27, 2022
Ruffian was way better than secretariat. The heroic female horse who best secretariat and then tragically broke het leg. Such a beautiful horse!
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Level 63
Dec 15, 2023
This quiz is about the most well known athlete from each sport. That often coincides with being the best, but not always. I've never heard of Ruffian before but I certainly know Secretariat.
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
Maybe add pro wrestling and have the name be Hulk Hogan or John Cena.
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Level 52
Oct 27, 2022
Phil Taylor should also be football was DT for Cleveland Browns haha
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Level 89
Oct 27, 2022
He was also the drummer for Motorhead...and drumming is as much a sport as darts! ;)
+1
Level 68
Oct 27, 2022
Good quiz. I typed Skating for the Figure Skating - any way this could be accepted too? Would be good to feature a Rugby League player too. Billy Slater, Darren Lockyer, Billy Boston?
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2022
Can you accept skating for skateboarding? I know Tony Hawk but didn't get the answer.
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Level 74
Oct 27, 2022
Duke Kahanamoku also won olympic swimming medals. I know, I know, every sport used only once.

A better clue might be Kelly Slater or Laird Hamilton.

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Level 35
Oct 27, 2022
Am I the only one who knew Secretariat because of Bojack Horseman?
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Level 53
Feb 5, 2023
No you're not but I missed it because I typed horse riding
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Level 53
Oct 27, 2022
Should equestrian work for horse racing or are those different things
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Level 70
Oct 28, 2022
Alex Honnold is famous for a particular and very dangerous style of climbing known as free soloing. He climbs with no safety gear whatsoever.

He was already well known within the sport, but became famous outside of it after his free solo climb of Yosemite's Half Dome. While still a respectable journalist, Lara Logan covered the event for 60 Minutes. It's worth a watch.

He later went on to complete a much more technical and physically demanding free solo ascent of El Capitan. It was made into an aptly named documentary called Free Solo.

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Level 63
Dec 15, 2023
Yes, but to the general public he's almost certainly still the most well-known climber.
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Level 76
Oct 28, 2022
I feel like some of the clues are kinda obscure. I get that can be intentional and add to the difficulty, but I feel like for example:

Tom Daley would be a much better example than Greg Louganis, someone whose main notoriety is from hitting their head on the diving board.

Comăneci could be someone more recent like Biles.

Karabatic's sport is also kinda unknown at least compared to the others so maybe someone like Kasparov or Carlsen.

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Level 60
Oct 29, 2022
What a pity that so few women play sport in your world.
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Level 69
Nov 2, 2022
please accept racecardriving, racing or driving for Hamilton, tried all three and gave up
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Level 65
Mar 28, 2024
Same
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Level 91
Feb 9, 2023
Golf, auto racing, snooker, and darts aren't sports.
+2
Level 63
Dec 15, 2023
Then go make your own quiz.
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2024
I'd love to see you try driving a gokart (fast) for at least 15 minutes
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Level 53
Feb 9, 2023
Racing or Nascar doesn't cut it?
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Level 56
Feb 16, 2023
Nascar is hardly a world sport, is it?
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2024
Nascar as for Hamilton? You do realise he never drove in Nascar?
+1
Level 62
Mar 24, 2023
Maybe you can consider add badminton in this quiz.
+2
Level 55
Oct 30, 2023
Accept Equestrian for Horce Racing?
+1
Level 24
Jan 31, 2024
should accept racing for Lewis Hamilton
+2
Level 47
Mar 22, 2024
Should accept skating bro.
+1
Level 23
May 31, 2024
Nino Schurter deserves to be in this list for Mountainbiking.