Pets provide more than just company; they often become unofficial team members. Athletes have long been known to be fiercely competitive, always looking for an edge. With a little motivation from their furry (or not furry) sidekicks, we watch these champions accomplish amazing feats.
Carli Lloyd is a former American professional soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion (2015 and 2019), two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a four-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2021). Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Brittany Mahomes, formerly Matthews, is a former American soccer player. She gained widespread popularity as the wife of Patrick Mahomes. Brittany Matthews has launched her own fitness program under the name Brittany Lynne Fitness.
Kiko Alonso is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. After a stellar rookie season with the Bills, Alonso missed his second season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and was then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for halfback LeSean McCoy.
Charles Oakley is an American former professional basketball player. Oakley played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, he consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.
A. J. Green is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL ). He played college football at the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals fourth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, where he spent ten seasons prior to joining the Cardinal
Ken Anderson is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) and later returned as a position coach.
Randy Couture is an American actor, former U.S. Army sergeant, former mixed martial artist and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), he became a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light heavyweight Champion, an interim UFC Light heavyweight Champion, making him a six-time UFC Champion and the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament winner.
Jet Li is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen. Li’s first role in a non-Chinese film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die (2000).
Jean-Claude Van Damme is a Belgian actor, martial artist, filmmaker, and fight choreographer. Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, at the age of ten his father enrolled him in martial arts classes, which led to Van Damme entering several competitions. With the desire of becoming an actor, he moved to the United States in 1982, where he did odd jobs and worked on several films, until he got his break as the lead in the martial arts film Bloodsport (1988).
Lamar Odom is a former American professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. As a restricted free agent, he then signed with the Miami Heat, where he played the 2003–04 season before being traded to the Lakers.