The athletes who made Time's 100 Most Influential
New York, New York - Time magazine released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People on Monday, and a number of notable athletes earned a spot among this year's prestigious trailblazers.
Each year, Time magazine assembles a list of the 100 most influential people around this world.
This year, a number of extraordinary athletes made the cut for their achievements, contributions, and impact on changing sports, society, and the world around us.
Divided into the four categories – Artist, Titans, Icons, and Pioneers – and chosen by a distinguished board, here are the key players who made this year's 100 Most Influential People:
- US Olympic Champion figure skater Nathan Chen, who took home Olympic gold in Beijing in February.
- US Soccer players Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, and the US Women’s soccer team, who won victory this month in equalizing gender compensation for the first time in history.
- Rafael Nadal, who, after winning the Australian Open, became the first man to collect 21 Grand Slam titles.
- Peng Shuai, who raised concerns with her story about overcoming sexual assault from a top Chinese Government Official, despite facing societal and government backlash.
- Two-time Olympic Champion Candace Parker, who this year became the oldest women's basketball player to record a triple-double, and the first to have achieved the record twice in a regular season.
- Olympic Champion skier Eileen Gu, who in February became the first freestyle skier to win three medals at a single Winter Olympics.
As some of sports' biggest names, each athlete was honored by their fellow peers through a written excerpt of praise in the issue. They joined icons in pop culture, music, activism, and politics on 2022's list.
Cover photo: Collage: OSCAR DEL POZO / MIKE MATTINA / GREG BAKER / ELSA / BEN STANSALL / MANAN VATSYAYANA / GETTY IMAGES / AFP