Chris Froome Biography (part 2)

Due to his unbelievable high level of performance, there were doubts about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. In an effort to deny those doubts, Froome showed out the results of his physiological tests after the 2015 Tour.

One year later, he became the first Tour de France winner in more than 20 years to defend his title successfully in spite of crashing twice, having to sprint uphill on foot since his bike was damaged in an accident, as well as engaging in a daredevil downhill attack.

In 2017, Froome won Tour de France title again and later became the first British rider to win the Vuelta a España. He also was the first rider in the most recent four decades to win those two races in the same year. But he failed a drug test during the later race since his urine showed to have had double the allowed amount of the asthma drug salbutamol. Froome claimed that he had increased the dosage when his asthma was worsened, he hadn’t surpassed the permitted amount.

Due to that, an investigation was launched subsequently while Froome was allowed to continue competing. In May 2018, he continued to make history by winning the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia) and became the third cyclist to win three Grand Tours consecutively. The doping case against Froome was dropped two months later.

While competing in the Critérium du Dauphiné in France in June 2019, he was involved in a serious crash causing him several injuries, including a broken hip. He couldn’t come back to racing until February 2020, when he competed in the UAE Tour, which was then canceled mid-race due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it comes to Olympic competition, Froome won consecutive bronze medals in the men’s time trial at the London Games in 2012 and the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. His autobiography, The Climb, was published in 2014 and he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016.

Andrea Pirlo Biography

Today, we will continue learning about the biography of Andrea Pirlo, an Italian professional football player. 

Childhood & Early Life

Andrea Pirlo was born in Flero commune, Brescia province, Italy, on May 19, 1979. His partners are Luigi and Lidia. Andrea Pirlo has only a brother named Ivan.

When growing up, Andrea Pirlo used to play football with his brother and friends in the seaside resort Viareggio in Tuscany, where his family spent on the holidays.

He attracted international attention for the first time when he and his team, ‘Voluntas Brescia U15s,’ took part in the 1992 Dana Cup when he was 13 years old. The teams went to the semi-finals before being knocked out.

Awards & Achievements

In 2014, Andrea Pirlo was awarded the “Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the rank of a Knight. Two years later, he was honored at the “Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the rank of an Officer.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Pirlo won the Bronze Ball and the Top Assist Provider award.

Notably, he received the 2011-2012 Pallone d’Argento for having the fairest play and for football talent, sporting correctness, good morality, and for generosity towards the weak. Such titles were judged by the Italian Sports Press Union (Unione Stampa Sportiva Italiana or USSI).

He was lauded as the Serie A Footballer of the Year for the 2012-2014 period.

Personal Life & Legacy

Andrea Pirlo got married to Deborah Roversi in 2001. They have two kids, including a son Niccolo bin 2003 and daughter Angela in 2006. However, they suddenly divorced in 2014 after over a decade of marriage. Some sources said that Andrea Pirlo had an affair with a real-estate agent named Valentina Baldini, who he met at his golf club.

Earlier on April 30, 2013, he published his Valentina Baldini autobiography “Penso Quindi Gioco,” which means “I Think, Therefore I Play.” With the endlessly quotable and a charm, the book was welcomed by critics and fans.

Chris Froome Biography (part 1)

Born: May 20, 1985, Nairobi

Nationality: British, Kenya, South African

Team: Team INEOS

Chris Froome, in full Christopher Clive Froome, is a Kenyan-born British cyclist. He has won the Tour de France for four times (in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017).

Froome was born in Nairobi to British parents. When his father filed for bankruptcy, his parents divorced. He moved to South Africa with his mother, who encouraged his riding. He started training at the age of 12 with Kenyan cyclist David Kinjah, who included Froome in excursions with older native Kenyan riders through the dusty rural highlands near Nairobi. After studying economics for two years at the University of Johannesburg, he decided to pursue a cycling career, unlike his two brothers who were both accountants.

In 2007, the 22-year-old Froome turned professional and raced for the South African Team Konica Minolta. One year later, he joined the South African-sponsored cycling Team Barloworld to compete in the Tour de France, where he finished 84th.

Froome was attended by Rod Ellingworth, a British coach, who was impressed by his climbing skills. Ellingworth was willing to overlook his inexperience and tendency to crash during twisty Alpine descents. Froome raced for Kenya but also held a British passport, so Ellingworth encouraged him to apply for a British racing license in order to benefit from the experience of British teams. In 2010, Froome joined Team Sky but he suffered from the effects of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease, for much of that year. In 2011, he finished second in the Tour of Spain (Vuelta a España), and the year after, he placed behind Bradley Wiggins, the British Team Sky winner, in the Tour de France.

In 2013, Froome won his first Tour de France, received the Velo d’Or award for best rider of the year, and was also designated leader of Team Sky. Two years later, he won the Tour de France again.

Roger Federer Biography

Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis player, was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel to Robert Federer and Lynette Federer. Raised up as Roman Catholic, Federer played tennis and soccer at an early age.

Although all his family members enjoyed the game, he was the only one to show promise of making it big. When he was 11 years old, Roger Federer became one of the Top 3 Junior Tennis Players in Switzerland.

When he was 14 years old, Federer began playing tournaments and practicing to become a professional tennis player. Thanks to his efforts, he won the “National Junior Championship” in Switzerland after that.

His talents and playing skills helped him gain sponsorship at the Swiss National Tennis Center. In 1996, he participated in the International Tennis Federation junior tennis circuit. 

Before launching himself professionally, Federer left his mark as an amateur by winning the Orange Bowl and the junior Wimbledon title in 1998. 

Awards & Achievements

In 2003-2018, Federer was felicitated with the Fans’ Favorite Award by the ATPWorldTour.com.

He won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for 13 seasons from 2004 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2017 thanks to the votes of his colleagues, rivals, and competitors.

Federer was a proud recipient of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for five occasions from 2005 to 2008 and in 2018.

He also gained the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013.

Personal Life & Legacy

Roger Federer got married to a former member of the Women’s Tennis Associations Mirka Vavrinec, on April 11, 2009 after they had met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The couple had their first identical twins namely Myla Rose and Charlene Riva on July 23, 2009 and another set of twins namely Lenny and Leo on May 6, 2014.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Biography

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a famous Gabonese football player, was born in France on June 18, 1989. He started playing football at the age of six and was described as a superhuman speed since he was young. He and his two brothers used to spend hours playing football in their house and on-road. Then, both also pursued a career in professional football.

In 2007, he gained the first chance to participate in Milan’s youth team. His team achieved the fourth position in the opening Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia. During the season, he scored six goals and attracted the attention of many talent scouts.

In a bid to earn more experience, Pierre took part in the Dijon team in France. When he was 18 years old, he turned out one of the leading goal scorers for his team in Coup de la Ligue.

In 2011, he signed a permanent deal with Saint Etienne, the first major deal of his career. By February 2012, he proved his worth by having a hat-trick at a match with Lorient. He ended up the Couple de la Ligue with 16 goals, halving the total scored by his team.

In the next season, Pierre achieved the continuous success after having ranked the second top goal scorer with 19 goals in 37 games.

In July 2013, Pierre made his debut for Dortmund in a match against Bayern Munich in DFL-Supercup. He then made his debut for Bundesliga in a competition against FC Augsburg and won a hat-trick. It was the first time a Gabonese player has ever played in Bundesliga.

In July 2015, he decided to extend his contract with his team until 2020 and vowed that he would never want to leave it. By September 2015, he had become the first player of the Bundesliga history to score goals in the first six consecutive matches.

However, he broke some rules in the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season and had to suspend from the team.

To know more about the next steps of Pierre’s career, please wait for another article.

Michael Phelps Biography (part 1)

2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

In 2000, the 15-year-old Michael Phelps became the youngest American male swimmer to participate in an Olympics in 68 years. Although he didn’t win a medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, he would soon become a major force in professional swimming.

First World Records

In 2001, setting the world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the age of 15 years and 9 months, Phelps became the youngest male swimmer to ever set a world record. At the 2001 World Championships in Japan, Phelps broke his own record with a time of 1:54:58 and earned his first international medal.

At the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phelps continued to set new world record for the 400-meter individual medley and new U.S. records as well. In 2003, at the same event, Phelps broke his own world record with a time of 4:09.09 in the 400-meter individual medley.

Just after graduating from Towson in 2003 when he was 17 years old, Phelps set five world records, consisting of the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:56:04 at the World Championships in Barcelona. During the U.S. trials for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, he broke his own world record once again in the 400 meter individual medley with a time of 4:08:41.

2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece

The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens witnessed Phelps become a superstar after winning eight medals (six gold), tying with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin for the most medals in a single Olympics.

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Phelps won his 14th gold medal, the most gold won by any Olympian. By winning eight gold medals, he also set the world record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics.

2012 Summer Olympics in London, the UK

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Phelps set a new record for most Olympic medals after winning a total of 22 medals.

Temporary Retirement in 2012

After the 2012 London Olympic Games, Phelps announced his retirement from swimming but gave some indication of a possible return in 2013. In April 2014, Phelps announced his plans to come back at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

On June 29, 2016, the world saw Phelps celebrated a hot comeback as he became the first American male swimmer to have a spot on five Olympic teams. We then saw the Olympic legend break history from the stands in Rio.

Michael Phelps Biography (part 1)

Michael Fred Phelps is an American swimmer who currently holds the world record for the most Olympics medals won by any athlete at 28. He has won 23 gold medals and 13 individual golds. Phelps was the first male swimmer to earn a spot on five Olympic teams of the US and also made history as the oldest individual gold medalist in the history of Olympic swimming at the age of 28.

Early Life and Family

Michael Phelps was born in 1985 in Maryland. His father was an all-around athlete and his mother was a middle-school principal. When his parents divorced in 1994, he lived with his mother and his two older sisters, Whitney (born 1978) and Hilary (born 1980).

Phelps started swimming when his two sisters joined a local swimming team. In 1996, Whitney tried out for the U.S. Olympic team at the age of 15, but her career was derailed due to injuries. Since the 7-year-old boy was still a little scared to be underwater, his instructors allowed him to float around on his back. The first stroke Phelps mastered was the backstroke.

Starting his dream of becoming a champion after he saw Tom Dolan and Tom Malchow compete at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, Phelps launched his swimming career at the pool of Loyola High School. When training at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center, he met his coach, Bob Bowman, who immediately recognized his talents and fierce sense of competition. They started an intense training regime together. Phelps had made the U.S. National B Team by 1999.

University of Michigan

Phelps followed Bob Bowman to the University of Michigan, where Bowman coached the Wolverines’ swim team. There he studied sports marketing and management, meanwhile, continued to establish world records at the Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria in 2006 and the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, in 2007.

Dennis Rodman-Childhood & Personal Life (P1)

Born on May 13, 1961, Dennis Keith Rodman is a former professional basketball player in the United States.

Childhood & Early Life

His father Shriley worked for the Air Force and participated in the Vietnam War. However, he left the family and settle in the Philippines after that.

After his father’s leave, Mr. Rodman grew up with his mother and two sisters namely Debra and Kim in Dallas. His mother Philander had to take up several jobs to make ends meet and bring up the three.

Rodman joined South Oak Cliff High School and could come in contact with the future basketball coach of Texas A&M. Gary Blair was a gym teacher of Rodman and a basketball coach of his sisters Debra and Kim.

While his sisters were talents, Rodman was considered as an average athlete and was always on the bench despite the participation in the list of the school team.

He was not chosen for the basketball team because the height of 5 feet 11 inches. Rodman was dropped from the football team.

Rodman hit the height of 6 feet 7 inches during the puberty. He then attended Cooke County College in Texas and soon outdid everyone on the basketball team. In the first semester, he gained the average of 17.6 points and 13.3 rebounds. However, he had to quit the college due to the poor academic performance.

Rodman participated in the Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In the three consecutive years, he became the NAIA All-American with an average of 25 points and about 16 bonds per game.

He even won the Most Valuable Player awards at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is described as a pre-draft camp for those who want to pursue the professional basketball.

Personal Life

Rodman married to Annie Bakes and had a daughter Alexis in 1988. They separated in early 1990. Rodman then married the second wife Carmen Electra in November 1998. However, the model cum actress filed for divorce the following year.

He then married to Moyer in 2003 after having two kids. However, the marriage could not last for a long time as his wife filed for divorce in 2004.

Serena Williams Biography

Starting her tennis career in the late 1990s, Serena Williams quickly became one of the most talented and exciting tennis players in the world. Thanks to her outgoing personality, striking good looks, and unique fashion sense, Williams would be able to command attention even if she wasn’t a top-ranked professional tennis player.

With years of training, natural ability, and a powerful determination to win, her skills on the court is extraordinary. As an African American athlete in a sport that is generally dominated by white players, Williams has gained more attention. Her singles victory at the 1999 U.S. Open made her the second black woman to have ever won a Grand Slam title, after Althea Gibson (1927–2003). The Grand Slam tournaments, including the Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Roland Garros, are some of the sport’s most visible and significant events for pros.

By Williams’s side has always been her older sister, Venus, an equally commanding player. Venus and Selena spent some years at the top rankings of the tennis world, reaching the number-one position in 2002. Up to 2004, Serena had won six singles Grand Slam titles and numerous doubles titles, including a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Williams is an ambitious, multitalented person. In addition to tennis, she has also explored acting, appearing in some TV episodes and pursuing film roles since 2002. In addition, along with her sister, she has studied fashion design, too.

Grand Slam Victories

As mentioned before, Serena Williams has won many singles and doubles titles at Grand Slam events, including the Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Australian Open, and Roland Garros. Below, we have listed her most notable victories:

Singles:

U.S. Open, 1999, 2002

French Open, 2002

Wimbledon, 2002, 2003

Australian Open, 2003

Doubles (all with sister Venus):

U.S. Open, 1999

French Open, 1999

Wimbledon, 2000, 2002

Australian Open, 2001, 2003

Mixed Doubles (both with Max Mirnyi):

U.S. Open, 1998

Wimbledon, 1998

Michael Jordan Biography-Career (P2)

In the previous article, we learn about the childhood and personal life of Michael Jordan, a professional basketball player in the United States. Today, we will continue part two of his biography with his career and achievement.

Jordan dropped out of university in 1984 with the aim of participating in the “NBA Draft.” However, he was chosen by the Chicago Bulls.

In the Summer Olympics in 1984, he and his teammates such as Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, and Patrick Ewing won a gold medal.

Two years later, he came back to college and graduated from the University of North Carolina.

In the 1984-1987 period, although his team Chicago Bulls did not have much luck with champion, Jordan still proved his mettle with an average ppg of 28.2.

In the 1987-1990, some new stars of Chicago Bulls helped his team pass the first round of NBA Playoffs in the first season.

In the 1990-1991 season, his team defeated Detroit Pistons at the Eastern Conference finals and played against the Los Angeles Lakers at the NBA Finals to gain the first victory in the history of the game. The team then continued defeating Blazers and Phoenix Suns to win the three consecutive championships.

In the Summer Olympics 1992, he and his teammates namely Magic Johnson, David Robinson, and Larry Bird one again achieved a gold medal.

In 1993, he was observed gambling in an interview on the 60 Minutes show and publicly declared his decision to retire, saying that his father’s murder was one of the reasons.

In the following year, he decided to sign a baseball contract with Chicago White Sox to realize his father’s dream to see his son playing baseball.

In the same year, he played baseball for other minor teams including Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions.

To know other stages of Jordan’s career and his achievements and awards, please wait for the next article. We hoped that our articles are all informative and useful for readers.