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Can You Recognize These Star Athletes in Their Street Clothes?
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About This Quiz
One of the best things about sports is the competition -- you know, pitting two teams or athletes against each other just gets our blood racing. The uniforms that are worn not only help us differentiate the teams, but the players' numbers (and names) let us know who is who. In a cluster of purple and yellow, it can be hard to determine whether we're looking at LeBron James or Lance Stephenson, but we manage based on the specific ways in which they play. Sports fans can recognize which player is which, even if every other member of their team is wearing the same thing.
But what if we remove their uniforms and put them in everyday clothing? Would you know some of your favorites then? Because we don't usually see them when they're out and about, they can look like total strangers when they're not in their team colors. In this quiz, we want to test whether you can identify these all-stars when they're on the street instead of the court.
Which of these men plays forward for the Portuguese national team?
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for both the Italian club, Juventus, and the Portugal national team. Often called the greatest player of all time, he currently holds the record in five European Leagues for most goals scored.
Which of these famous tennis stars is seen in the picture?
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player, who according to the Association of Tennis Professionals, is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. He has a total of 14 Grand Slam single titles as wells as 32 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series titles.
One of these men is a famous Croatian footballer. Who is it?
Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for the Spanish team, Real Madrid, and is also the captain for the Croatian national team. He has been called one of the best midfielders of his generation and from his country.
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This woman is a threat behind the wheel. What is her name?
Danica Sue Patrick is an American former professional race car driver who is known as the most successful woman in the history of open-wheeling racing. In 2008, she won the Indy Japan 300, making her the only woman ever to win an IndyCar Series race.
This man is currently ranked third in men's singles tennis. What is his name?
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked third in the men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He currently holds the record for having won the most Grand Slam titles by any man (20), and also held the No. 1 spot for a record 310 weeks.
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One of these people comes from Brazil. What is his name?
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a Brazilian professional footballer who is currently signed with the French club, Paris Saint-Germain, and also plays for the Brazilian national team. Making his professional debut at the age of 17, he is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Which of these professional tennis players is pictured here?
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked 16th in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association but has been ranked No. 1 on eight different occasions. She has a total of 23 Grand Slam Singles titles, the most in the Open era and second of all time.
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Which of these people currently plays for a Spanish football club?
Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for the Spanish club, Real Madrid, as well as the French national team. Although he is known for being involved in many scandals, he is also a great player.
Which of these women is a professional tennis player?
Angelique Kerber is a German professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 2 in the world, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. She has a total of three Grand Slam titles, including the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open.
He has been called the greatest basketball player of all time. What is his name?
LeBron James Sr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. He has been called the greatest basketball player in the world with a record of four NBA MVP awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals, to name a few.
One one of these men is an Argentine professional footballer?
Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays forward for the Spanish club, Barcelona, and the Argentina national team, both of which he captains. His numerous award wins, including the Ballon d’Or (five times), make him one of the best in the world.
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What is the name of the youngest woman to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding?
Chloe Kim is an American snowboarder who at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and at the age of 17, became the youngest woman to win an Olympic medal medal in snowboarding, a gold in snowboard halfpipe. She is also a four-time X Games gold medalist.
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He currently plays basketball for the Golden Gate Warriors. Which of these men is it?
Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association. The three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has been called the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Which of these American football players is shown here?
Thomas Brady Jr. is an American football player who is the quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. He has often been called one of the best players in the history of the sport and he is only one of two players to have won five Super Bowls.
Which of the people shown here is a Belgian footballer?
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional football player who currently plays for the English team, Chelsea FC, and is also the captain for the Belgium national team where he plays as attacking and wide midfielder. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he captained his team to third place and received the Silver Ball for his performance.
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One of these people is an Olympic gymnast. What is her name?
Simone Biles is an American gymnast who throughout her career as a senior gymnast, has won a combined total of 20 gold medals at the Olympic Games, the World Championships, and the Pacific Rim Championships.
The athlete seen here is an alpine ski racer. What is her name?
Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American alpine ski racer on the U.S. ski team. She has won a total of four World Cup championships, making her one of two female skiers to have ever done so. She has also won a record eight World Cup season titles.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
One one of these athletes plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. What is his name?
Russell Westbrook is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thus far, he has been an NBA Most Valuable Player, a two-time All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and a seven-time NBA All-Star.
This athlete plays basketball. What is his name?
James Harden is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for Arizona State, he was selected as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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What is the name of the only mixed martial arts fighter in this question?
Ronda Rousey is an American professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, and judoka who is currently signed to the WWE where she is the current Raw Women’s Champion. She was the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo, and she also had an undefeated streak of 2.5 years in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight.
One of these people is a golfer who held the No. 1 spot for 95 weeks. What is his name?
Rory McIlroy is an Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the PGA and the European Tour. He is a four-time major champion who held the world No.1 spot for more than 95 weeks. He is also one of four players in the world to win three majors before the age of 25.
Which of these women has won 30 Women's Tennis Association titles?
Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish professional tennis player who was the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold a top-ranking position in the Open Era. In total, she has 30 Women’s Tennis Association titles.
Which of these people is a former professional ice hockey player?
Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and head coach. During his career in the National Hockey League, he played 20 seasons for several teams and held 61 NHL records, earning him the title of “the greatest hockey player ever.”
One one of these men is a professional French football player. Who is he?
Paul Labile Pogba is a French professional football player who currently plays for the English club, Manchester United, as well as the French national team as a central midfielder. He made his first appearance in the FIFA World Cup in 2014 where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award.
This person has been called the fastest person in the world. What is his name?
Usain Bolt is a retired Jamaican sprinter and the current world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x100 meter relay. He is a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and 11-time World Champion who has been called the greatest sprinter of all time.
One of these women is one of few to appear at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. What is her name?
Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones is an American hurdler and bobsledder who specializes in 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She is one of very few athletes to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.
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Which of these people was nicknamed Lefty?
Phil Mickelson, whose nickname is Lefty, is an American professional golfer who in his career, has won 43 events on the PGA Tour, five of which are major championships. The World Golf Hall of Famer has spent more than 700 weeks in the top 10, his highest ranking being No. 2.
One of these professional athletes plays for the Golden Gate Warriors. What is his name?
Kevin Durant is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden Gate Warriors in the National Basketball Association. He has won two NBA Championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, and two Olympic gold medals, to name a few.
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He recently retired from competitive swimming. What is his name?
Michael Phelps is a retired American competitive swimmer who is currently the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, having a total of 28 medals, eight of which he won in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, breaking swimmer Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics.
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Which of these women is an ice hockey forward for the United States national team?
Hilary Knight is an American ice hockey forward who is currently a member of the United States national team and Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Along with her team, she won the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Which of these women is a professional swimmer?
Katie Ledecky is an American competitive swimmer who has a total of five Olympic gold medals and 14 World Championship gold medals, the most by any female swimmer in history. She is also the current world-record holder for the fastest-ever time in women’s 500-,1000-, and 1650-yard freestyle.
What is the name of the Irish professional mixed martial artist?
Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer and former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion. He is the biggest pay-per-view draw-in, in the history of MMA.
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Which of these men is a three-time Cy Young Award winner?
Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball player who currently pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball. He is a seven-time All-Star, a three-time NL Cy Young Award Winner, a Golden Glove Award Winner, and an NL MVP.
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One one of these people is a professional tennis player. What is their name?
Sloan Stephens is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked sixth in the Women’s Tennis Association. She rose to prominence when was only 19 years old, placing third in the Australian Open. She has six singles titles, including the 2017 U.S. Open championship.
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Only one of these men is a six-time Silver Slugger award winner. Which is it?
Mike Trout, nicknamed “The Millville Meteor,” is an American professional baseball player who is currently the center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels. He is a seven-time All-Star, six-time Silver Slugger Award winner and two-time MVP.
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Which of these people is currently a free agent right fielder?
Bryce Harper is an American professional baseball player who is currently a free agent right fielder. The 6-time All-Star and Rookie of the Year, has played for the Washington Nationals in the Major League Baseball.
She has 18 Women's Tennis Association singles under her belt. What is her name?
Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player who currently ranks No.1 in the Women’s Tennis Association. She has won 18 WTA singles titles and the 2018 French Open. She also won the WTA’s Fan Favorite Singles Player in 2017.
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Which of these people is a Swedish footballer?
Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish footballer who currently plays forward for the LA Galaxy. He is currently the third most decorated active footballer in the world, having won more than 30 trophies and scored more than 500 career goals for clubs and countries.
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He currently races in Formula One. What is his name?
Lewis Hamilton is a British race car driver who currently races in Formula One for Mercedes AMG Petronas. He is a five-time Formula One World Champion and has been called one of the best drivers of both his generation and the sport.
Which of these athletes plays for the New Orleans Saints?
Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. He has been called one of the greatest passers of all time because of his many career records and accomplishments.
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