Notable Athletes

This list is comprised of some of the most recognizable names in sport. See also the list of Olympians for those who have competed in the Olympics and won medals.
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NameLifespanSportOther Names
Sam Vokes1989-soccer
Ben Volavola1991-rugby
Yochanan Vollach1945-soccer
Sjoerd Vollebregt1954-boating
Rudi Völler1960-soccer
Steve von Bergen1983-soccer
Markéta Vondroušová1999-tennis
Renata Voráčová1983-tennis
Michel Vorm1983-soccer
Vyacheslav Voronin1974-track
Evgeny Voronov1986-basketball
Joey Votto1983-baseball
Ognjen Vranješ1989-soccer
Stojko Vranković1964-basketball
Renato Vrbičić1970-water polo
Zdeslav Vrdoljak1971-water polo
Martien Vreijsen1955-soccer
Avdija Vršajević1986-soccer
Šime Vrsaljko1992-soccer
Budimir Vujačić1964-soccer
Miljan Vukadinović1992-soccer
Vlastimir Vukadinović1982-basketball
Vukadin Vukadinović1990-soccer
Bernard Vukas1927-1983soccer
Marina Vukčević1993-handball
Ljubiša Vukelja1983-soccer
Ognjen Vukojević1983-soccer
Drago Vuković1983-handball
Cooper Vuna1987-rugby
Billy Vunipola1992-rugby
Elisi Vunipola1967-rugby
Feʻao Vunipola1969-rugby
Mako Vunipola1991-rugby
Manu Vunipola1967-rugby
Samuela Vunisa1988-rugby
Loukas Vyntra1981-soccer
Yevheniya Vysotska1975-cycling
Ed Wachter1883-1966basketball
Rube Waddell1876-1914baseball
LaAdrian Waddle1991-football
Dwyane Wade1982-basketball
Trevin Wade1989-football
Ajit Wadekar1941-2018cricket
Honus Wagner1874-1955baseball
Rini Wagtmans1946-cycling
Waisea Nayacalevu1990-rugby(Vuidravuwalu)
Mubarak Wakaso1990-soccer
Ralf Waldmann1966-2018driving
Chet Walker1940-basketball
Delanie Walker1984-football
Doak Walker1927-1998football
Eli Walker1992-rugby
Jack Walker1888-1950ice hockey
Kurt Walker1954-2018ice hockey
Kyle Walker1990-soccer
Larry Walker1966-baseball
Tray Walker1992-football
Tyrunn Walker1990-football
Vance Walker1987-football
Bobby Wallace1873-1960baseball
Cody Wallace1984-football
Mike Wallace1986-football
Darrin Walls1988-football
Ed Walsh1881-1959baseball
Marty Walsh1883-1915ice hockey
Fritz Walter1920-2002soccer
Bucky Walters1909-1991baseball
Jonathan Walters1983-soccer
Bill Walton1952-basketball
Chadwick Walton1985-cricket
Leterrius Walton1992-football
Lloyd Waner1906-1982baseball
Paul Waner1903-1965baseball
Wang Qiang1992-tennis
Bobby Wanzer1921-2016basketball
Dominiko Waqaniburotu1986-rugby
Alexander Ward1990-tennis
Danny Ward1993-soccer
Jamie Ward1986-soccer
John Montgomery Ward1860-1925baseball
Stephen Ward1985-soccer
Terron Ward1992-football
DeMarcus Ware1982-football
Spencer Ware1991-football
Paul Warfield1942-football
Abdul Majeed Waris1991-soccer
Chance Warmack1991-football
Shane Warne1969-cricket
Kurt Warner1971-football
Sjoerd Wartena1939-boating
Conor Washington1992-soccer
Cornelius Washington1989-football
Ora Washingtonc. 1899-1971basketball
Yoshiichi Watanabe1954-soccer
Bob Waterfield1920-1983football
Seren Waters1990-cricket
Swayze Waters1987-football
Jaylen Watkins1992-football
Anthony Watson1994-rugby
Dekoda Watson1988-football
Harry "Moose" Watson1898-1957ice hockey
Harry "Whipper" Watson1923-2002ice hockey
Heather Watson1992-tennis
Menelik Watson1988-football
Tom Watson1949-golf
Trey Watts1991-football
Stan Wawrinka1985-tennis
Jakub Wawrzyniak1983-soccer
Tress Way1990-football
Trae Waynes1992-football
Casey Weathers1985-baseball
Sean Weatherspoon1987-football
Teresa Weatherspoon1965-basketball
J'Marcus Webb1988-football
Joe Webb1986-football
Lardarius Webb1985-football
Rhys Webb1988-rugby
Rob Webber1986-rugby
Pierre Webó1982-soccer(Kouamo)
Kayvon Webster1991-football
Mike Webster1952-2002football
Everton Weekes1925-cricket
Darrion Weems1988-football
Roger Wehrli1947-football
Andrew Weibrecht1986-skiing
Roman Weidenfeller1980-soccer
Günther Weidlinger1978-track
Julian Weigl1995-soccer
Ralph "Cooney" Weiland1904-1985ice hockey
Arnie Weinmeister1923-2000football
Duncan Weir1991-rugby
Vladimír Weiss1989-soccer
Johnny Weissmuller1904-1984swimming
Danny Welbeck1990-soccer
Mickey Welch1859-1941baseball
Chauncy Welliver1983-boxing
Willie Wells1906-1989baseball
Jon Welsh1986-rugby
Arsène Wenger1949-soccer
Pontus Wernbloom1986-soccer
Dante Wesley1979-football
De'Ondre Wesley1992-football
Kepler Wessels1957-cricket
Charcandrick West1991-football
Jerry West1938-basketball
Russell Westbrook1988-basketball
Sander Westerveld1974-soccer
Paul Westphal1950-basketball
Harry "Rat" Westwick1876-1957ice hockey
Keiren Westwood1984-soccer
Lindsay Whalen1982-basketball
Dav Whatmore1954-cricket
Zack Wheat1888-1972baseball
Markus Wheaton1991-football
Manch Wheeler1939-2018football
Zelous Wheeler1987-baseball
Glenn Whelan1984-soccer
Frederick Whitcroft1882-1931ice hockey
Charlie White1987-skating
Deacon White1847-1939baseball
DeAndrew White1991-football
Jo Jo White1946-2018basketball
Melvin White1990-football
Myles White1990-football
Nathan White1981-rugby
Nera White1935-basketball
Randy White1953-football
Reggie White1961-2004football
Sam Whitelock1988-rugby
Taylor Whitley1980-2018football
Nikita Whitlock1991-football
Donte Whitner1985-football
Fozzy Whittaker1989-football
Pernilla Wiberg1970-skiing
Hayley Wickenheiser1978-ice hockey
Yanina Wickmayer1989-tennis
Kobus Wiese1964-rugby
Richard Wigglesworth1983-rugby
Georginio Wijnaldum1990-soccer
Ben Wijnstekers1955-soccer
Dave Wilcox1942-football
Deontay Wilder1985-boxing
Piet Wildschut1957-soccer
Hoyt Wilhelm1922-2002baseball
Lenny Wilkens1937-basketball
Jamaal Wilkes1953-basketball(Abdul-Lateef)
Dominique Wilkins1960-basketball
Ray Wilkins1956-2018soccer
Alex Wilkinson1984-soccer
Chris Wilkinson1970-tennis
Jetro Willems1994-soccer
Alan Willey1956-soccer
Carl Willey1931-2009baseball
Neil Willey1976-swimming
Norm Willey1927-2011football
Aeneas Williams1968-football
Andre Williams1992-football
Ashley Williams1984-soccer
Billy Williams1938-baseball
Brandon Williams1987-football
Chester Williams1970-rugby
Deron Williams1984-basketball
George Williams1995-soccer
Jonny Williams1993-soccer
Karlos Williams1993-football
Kasen Williams1992-football
Kerwynn Williams1991-football
K'Waun Williams1991-football
Liam Williams1991-rugby
Lloyd Williams1989-rugby
Maxx Williams1994-football
Rhys Williams1988-soccer
Scott Williams1990-rugby
Serena Williams1981-tennis
Shammond Williams1975-basketball
Sherman Williams1972-boxing
Sonny Bill Williams1985-rugby
Steve Williams1991-football
Ted Williams1918-2002baseball
Terrance Williams1989-football
Tourek Williams1991-football
Tramon Williams1983-football
Venus Williams1980-tennis
Willie Williams1931-2019track
Avery Williamson1992-football
Carlton Williamson1958-football
Corliss Williamson1973-basketball
DaVarryl Williamson1968-boxing
Eryk Williamson1997-soccer
Kane Williamson1990-cricket
Leah Williamson1997-soccer
Mac Williamson1990-baseball
Zion Williamson2000-basketball
Willian1988-soccer(Borges, da Silva)
Matt Willig1969-football
Bill Willis1921-2007football
Marcus Willis1990-tennis
Vic Willis1876-1947baseball
Helen Wills1905-1998tennis
Maury Wills1932-baseball
Jack Wilshere1992-soccer
Damien Wilson1993-football
Darroll Wilson1966-boxing
David Wilson1985-rugby
Doug Wilson1957-ice hockey
Gord "Phat" Wilson1895-1970ice hockey
Hack Wilson1900-1948baseball
Jud Wilson1894-1963baseball
Larry Wilson1938-football
Marquess Wilson1992-football
Ramik Wilson1992-football
Russell Wilson1988-football
Ryan Wilson1989-rugby
Tavon Wilson1990-football
Kevin Wimmer1992-soccer
Dave Winfield1951-baseball
Craig Wing1979-rugby
Sjoerd Winkens1983-soccer
Kellen Winslow1957-football
Jameis Winston1994-football
Aron Winter1967-soccer
Michael Wiringi1985-rugby
Stefen Wisniewski1989-football
Richard Witschge1969-soccer
Rob Witschge1966-soccer
Axel Witsel1989-soccer
Carina Witthöft1995-tennis
Alex Wojciechowicz1915-1992football
Paea Wolfgramm1969-boxing
Chris Wondolowski1983-soccer
Cierre Wood1991-football
Tom Wood1986-rugby
Willie Wood1936-2020football
Lynette Woodard1959-basketball
Todd Woodbridge1971-tennis
Tony Woodcock1981-rugby
John Wooden1910-2010basketball
Mark Woodforde1965-tennis
Gary Woodland1984-golf
LaMarr Woodley1984-football
Tiger Woods1975-golf
Rod Woodson1965-football
Doug Wooldridge1985-rugby
Lorne "Gump" Worsley1929-2007ice hockey
Roy Worters1900-1957ice hockey
Chandler Worthy1993-football
James Worthy1961-basketball
Jerel Worthy1990-football
Jan Wouters1960-soccer
Caroline Wozniacki1990-tennis
Blidi Wreh-Wilson1989-football
Bailey Wright1992-soccer
George Wright1847-1937baseball
Jarius Wright1989-football
Major Wright1988-football
Rayfield Wright1945-football
Shareece Wright1987-football
Chris Wyles1983-rugby
Early Wynn1920-1999baseball
Jarius Wynn1986-football
Kerry Wynn1991-football
Granit Xhaka1992-soccer
Taulant Xhaka1991-soccer
Xu Yifan1988-tennis
Pikky Ya France1990-cricket
Isabelle Yacoubou1986-basketball
Kuldeep Yadav1994-cricket
Umesh Yadav1987-cricket
Nail Yakupov1993-ice hockey
Alexander Yakushev1947-ice hockey
Akihito Yamada1985-rugby
Takayoshi Yamano1955-soccer
Hiroshi Yamashita1986-rugby
Marshal Yanda1984-football
David Yankey1992-football
Kisho Yano1984-soccer
Yao Jinnan1995-gymnastics
Yao Ming1980-basketball
Dilshod Yarbekov1974-boxing
George Yardley1928-2004basketball
Andriy Yarmolenko1989-soccer
Ron Yary1946-football
Lev Yashin1929-1990soccer
Carl Yastrzemski1939-baseball
Peceli Yato1993-rugby
Hassan Yebda1984-soccer
DeAndre Yedlin1993-soccer
Christian Yelich1991-baseball
Arman Yeremyan1986-martial arts
Andrey Yeshchenko1984-soccer
Samed Yeşil1994-soccer
Faruk Yiğit1968-soccer
Mithat Yıldırım1966-skiing
Rukiye Yıldırım1991-martial arts
Sercan Yıldırım1990-soccer
Betül Cemre Yıldız1989-chess
Yaser Yıldız1988-soccer
Betül Yılmaz1988-handball
Burak Yılmaz1985-soccer
Yip Man1893-1972martial arts(Ip)
Joseph Yobo1980-soccer
Hanae Yokoya1978-skating
Cy Young1867-1955baseball
Darrel Young1987-football
Delmon Young1985-baseball
Donald Young1989-tennis
Steve Young1961-football
Jack Youngblood1950-football
Ben Youngs1989-rugby
Ross Youngs1897-1927baseball
Tom Youngs1987-rugby
Waqar Younis1971-cricket
Robin Yount1955-baseball
Mikhail Youzhny1982-tennis
Nedim Yücel1979-basketball
Hiroki Yuhara1984-rugby
Yun Suk-young1990-soccer
Artur Yusupov1989-soccer
Steve Yzerman1965-ice hockey
Pablo Zabaleta1985-soccer
Mattias Zachrisson1990-handball
Ruben Zadkovich1986-soccer
Momi Zafran1956-soccer
Theodoros Zagorakis1971-soccer
Denis Zakaria1996-soccer
Ricardo Zamora1901-1978soccer
Maryna Zanevska1993-tennis
Alessandro Zanni1984-rugby
Cristián Zapata1986-soccer(Valencia)
Emil Zátopek1922-2000track
Jesús Zavala1987-soccer(Castañeda)
Simone Zaza1991-soccer
Wladek Zbyszko1891-1968wrestling
Horacio Zeballos1985-tennis
Maja Zebić1982-handball
Simon Zebo1990-rugby
Género Zeefuik1990-soccer
Oliver Zelenika1993-soccer
Indrek Zelinski1974-soccer
Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche1985-soccer
Boudewijn Zenden1976-soccer
Erfan Zeneli1986-soccer
Erkan Zengin1985-soccer
Toufik Zerara1986-soccer
Jorge Zerbino1991-rugby
Halime Zülal Zeren1995-swimming
Kathrin Zettel1986-skiing
Zhang Shuai1989-tennis
Zheng Saisai1994-tennis
Yuri Zhirkov1983-soccer
Zico1953-soccer(Antunes, Coimbra)
Zinedine Zidane1972-soccer
Reto Ziegler1986-soccer
Ron-Robert Zieler1989-soccer
Piotr Zieliński1994-soccer
Laima Zilporytė1967-cycling
Lukáš Zima1994-soccer
Yevgeni Zimin1947-ice hockey
Gary Zimmerman1961-football
Krzysztof Zimnoch1983-boxing
Nenad Zimonjić1976-tennis
Oleksandr Zinchenko1996-soccer
Annelore Zinke1958-gymnastics
Davit Zirakashvili1983-rugby
Cătălin Zmărăndescu1973-boxing
Jeroen Zoet1991-soccer
Dino Zoff1942-soccer
Roman Zozulya1989-soccer
Natko Zrnčić-Dim1986-skiing
Vedran Zrnić1979-handball
Filip Zubčić1993-skiing
Sergei Zubov1970-ice hockey
Fulgencio Zúñiga1977-boxing
Juan Camilo Zúñiga1985-soccer(Mosquera)
Graham Zusi1986-soccer
Jeremy Zuttah1986-football
Viktar Zuyev1983-boxing
Kristaps Zvejnieks1992-skiing
Roberts Zvejnieks1997-skating
Alexander Zverev Jr.1997-tennis
Mischa Zverev1987-tennis
Anes Zverotić1985-soccer
Stavroula Zygouri1968-wrestling