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.
Adam Rippon is an American former figure skater. He won the 2010 Four Continents Championships and the 2016 U.S. National Championships.
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked as world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Djokovic has been No. 1 for a record total of 352 weeks, and has finished as ATP Year-End No. 1 on a record seven occasions.
Phil Mickelson, nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 45 events on the PGA Tour, including six major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), two PGA Championships (2005, 2021), and one Open Championship (2013). With his win at the 2021 PGA Championship, Mickelson became the oldest major championship winner in history at the age of 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old.
Kirk Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft as a backup to fellow rookie Robert Griffin III. Cousins occasionally appeared in games during his first three seasons before replacing Griffin following an injury in 2015, where he remained the team’s starter until 2017.
Jared Goff is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, where he was a first-team All-Pac-12, and was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2016 NFL Draft. After an unsuccessful rookie season, Goff rebounded in his sophomore year when he helped lead the Rams to their first winning season in 14 years and their first playoff appearance in 13 years.
Tyson Fury is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBC and The Ring magazine titles since defeating Deontay Wilder from 2020 to December 2021. previously he held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid, on loan from Barcelona, and the France national team.
Daniel Alves is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for La Liga club Barcelona and the Brazil national team. Considered one of the greatest defenders of all time, Alves is the most decorated player in the history of football with 43 trophies at senior level.
James Rodríguez is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan and the Colombia national team. He has been praised for his technique, vision and playmaking skills, and is often considered the successor to his compatriot Carlos Valderrama. James started his international career with the Colombia under-20 team, with which he won the 2011 Toulon Tournament.
Mario Balotelli is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Süper Lig club Adana Demirspor. Balotelli started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at Barcelona, and subsequently joining Inter Milan in 2007. He had a strained relationship with new manager José Mourinho and was suspended from Inter’s first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.