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Best athletes of the last decade

The top athletes of the last decade deserve approbation as they won tough matches, major competitions and big championships, making the most of the past decade by raising the bar, setting new records and establishing themselves at the top of their respective disciplines.

In the process they have entertained people with their excellent and ceaseless physical activity. They are widely emulated and their discipline is greatly appreciated.

Lewis Hamilton

After watching Sebastian Vettel dominate the early 2010s, Lewis Hamilton stepped up to take the lead during the second half of the decade. Since 2014, the English race-car driver has won four Formula 1 Championships for a career total of five.

Currently, Hamilton holds a very comfortable lead in the current championship making it quite possible that he will clinch his fifth title of the decade.

A win would make him the second most victorious driver of all time, just behind Michael Schumacher.

 

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Roger Federer

While the 2010s were not as glorious as the 2000s for Roger Federer, his achievements over the past ten years will undoubtedly secure his legendary status in the sport.

First, he added five Grand Slam victories to his 15 existing titles. Add to that an appearance in the 2012 London Olympic finals and a 2014 Davis Cup win as a member of the Swiss team, big steps toward re-establishing his brilliant track record.

Federer remains the only player in history to have won three Grand Slam tournaments five times, namely the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. With a little luck, he will surpass Jimmy Connors in total wins on the ATP circuit within the next year.

 

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Michael Phelps

Considered by many to be the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps spent the 2010s surpassing his already amazing accomplishments of the 2000s.

Between the London and Rio Olympic Games, Phelps added no fewer than nine gold medals and three
silver medals to his credentials. By the end of the decade, he won more swimming World Championships than anyone in history. On top of that, Phelps currently holds the world record in the 400-metre individual medley and the 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay.

 

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Mikaël Kingsbury

While acrobatic skier Alexandre Bilodeau dominated the 2000s, it was Mikaël Kingsbury’s turn to rule in the 2010s. After first winning a silver medal during the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, Kingsbury won gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

On the international stage, Kingsbury has absolutely prevailed, reaching the podium at 80 World Cup competitions, taking top spot at 56 of them and setting an all-time record.

To date, he has won eight overall World Cup titles earning him the big crystal globe and his sport’s highest honour each time.

Lionel Messi

While he never managed to lead his nation’s team to the top spot, Lionel Messi made a huge impact during the 2010s and is hailed as one of history’s greatest soccer players.

FC Barcelona’s success during this period remains unparalleled in Spain: seven La Liga championships, five Supercopa de España victories and two Champions League titles. On a personal level, Messi has been awarded four FIFA Golden Balls, one Adidas Golden Ball, and six European Golden Shoes, placing him far ahead of his eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the race to set all-time records.

 

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Simone Biles

Simone Biles may only be twenty-two years old, but many already consider her the best gymnast of all time, and with good reason! Since 2013 when she began competing as a senior, she has won no fewer than 19 World Championship gold medals, three silver medals, and three bronze medals.

At her first Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, this American superstar added four gold medals and one bronze medal to her collection. Despite her youth, she has already become history’s most decorated gymnast, a status that will only grow more firmly established in the coming years.

 

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