John McEnroe, formerly number one in the world, dominated men's tennis from 1981-84. He won 77 singles titles in his tennis career including three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open. He also had a stand out doubles career with nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles. He has represented the United States in the Davis Cup and contributed to five U.S. Cup titles.
Amanda Beard, seven-time Olympic medalist, broke onto the worldwide scene at 14 years old. She launched her career on the world's biggest stage, the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. Amanda is considered a superstar in the world of swimming, being featured on Jay Leno and the Oxygen network. Amanda is also one of the most sought after models in the Olympic movement, being named America's Hottest Female Athlete by FHM magazine this year.
Martina Navratilova is a former No. 1 women's tennis player and is considered to be one of the greatest female players of all time. She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She reached the Wimbledon singles final 12 times and won the title a record of nine times. She also holds the record for the longest winning streak in tennis history with 74 consecutive matches.
Aaron Peirsol is 8-time world record-holder, American record-holder, 4-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one silver) and the first man ever to race under 1 minute 40 seconds in the 200y backstroke. Aaron has become the man to watch with appearances on the Today Show, Access Hollywood and many others.
Jim Courier is a tennis pro who spent 58 weeks at No. 1 in the world. As a junior, he dominated the competition with Orange Bowl titles in both 1986 and 1987 before turning professional in 1988. Throughout his ATP career he has won 23 singles titles including two Grand Slam titles at both the Australian and French Open. He also captured six doubles titles and was ATP Tour Player of the Year in 1992.
Janet Evans, three-time Olympian, is considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time. Evans has earned five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver) and joins Mark Spitz as the only two Americans at the time to have earned four individual gold medals. Her world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m still stand today.
Kevin Curren became a professional tennis player after winning a NCAA singles title at the University of Texas in 1979. The native South African has captured five singles titles, reached two Grand Slam singles finals and won 26 doubles titles including Grand Slam wins in mixed doubles at the U.S. Open in 1981 and 1982, mixed doubles at Wimbledon and men's doubles at the U.S. Open. His career ranking reached its height at No. 3 in doubles and No. 5 in singles. Curren also served as Captain to South Africa's Davis Cup team.
Kate Ziegler, 18-year-old premier distance star, holds three American records and recently became the second woman in history to break the 16-minute barrier in the 1,500-meter freestyle. She is a two-time World Champion, five- time National Champion and has become the top distance swimmer in the United States.
Henri LeConte won a French Open men's double title in 1984 and reached the French Open singles final in 1988. Throughout his professional career, LeConte won nine singles titles and 10 doubles titles. He played for the French Davis Cup team for 13 consecutive years compiling a 41-25 record and contributing to a French victory in 1991.
Brendan Hansen, three-time Olympic medalist (one gold, one silver, one bronze) is the first American to simultaneously hold the 100m and 200m breaststroke world records since John Hecken in 1974. While swimming for the University of Texas, Hansen was the National Champion in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke all four years. Hansen was recently named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year.
Olympic hopeful Cullen Jones set the swimming world spinning with his 50m freestyle swim at the 2005 World University Games, posting a 22.17 in prelims to set a Universiade record. He became the first African-American male to win a gold medal at the World University Games. At the 2006 Pan-Pacific Games, Cullen became the first African-American to break a world record in swimming in an Olympic-contested event as a part of the USA's 4 X 100 Freestyle Relay Team. Cullen is a four-time ACC Champion and 2006 NCAA Champion from North Carolina State University.
Tara Kirk, Olympic silver medalist, is known as one of the world's top breaststrokers with incredible talent. Tara ranks among the elite swimmers in Stanford history, having won the NCAA title in the 100-yard breaststroke during each of her first three years on ″The Farm″. Tara became the first swimmer to ever win an NCAA title in a breaststroke event for four consecutive years in 2004.