Jeremy Lin biography

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Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. In the beginning of 2012, Lin led an unexpected winning streak for New York. This set off a popular following that was termed as “Linsanity.” The recognition of Lin’s talent soon found him signing a 3-year contract with Houston Rockets.


Born on August 23, 1988 in Los Angeles, Lin was raised in San Francisco Bay Area city in Palo Alto. Jeremy was born to Shirley Lin and Lin Gie-Ming, emigrants from Taiwan, who first settled in Virginia and then moved to Indiana. Even though, Lin demonstrated his skills on the court, he was unable to get a basketball scholarship. He started attending Harvard University and become one of the leading players in their team. Here, Jeremy played 115 games with an average of 12.9 points. During his final 2 years, he was added to the All-Ivy League First Team for his performance.


Lin has two brothers in the family, with his younger brother playing basketball for Hamilton College and the elder brother being a dental student at the New York University. Lin is around 6’3” tall and weighs 200 pounds. An interesting part of Lin’s game is his unique pre-game ritual with teammate Landry Fields. It consists of pretending to be reading and then taking off their glasses.


Jeremy Lin was one of the leaders in Asian American Christian Fellowship at Harvard. He is a devout evangelical Christian, and he sees his future as a pastor. He has also expressed his interest in working for communities for helping the underprivileged.


During his 5 Summer League games with Dallas Mavericks, Lin played both guard positions and averaged around 9.8 points and his shot was more than 54% from the floor, the best in the team. He went on to outplay John Wall, who was in fact the first pick in the team. Wall may have been receiving the biggest cheer at the beginning of the game, but by the end of the game, it was Lin that received most of the cheers. Post summer league, Lin started getting offers from Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and even from a team from the Eastern Conference.

YEAR 2011

During the 2011 off-season, Lin suffered from an injury during the NBA lockout and worked for improving his jump shot. He also worked on increasing his strength and his weight. Because of the lockout, he was unable to get an opportunity to work for Mark Jackson, the Warriors coach. However, Lin was waived by the Warriors at the training camp. Even though, he was Lacob’s favorite, the Warriors had other plans for DeAndre Jordan.

Lin played his first game for New York Knicks at the end of 2011. The Knicks claimed the talented player off waivers, but placed him for backup after Iman Shumpert was injured. The lockout coaches didn’t get much of a chance to look at his play and he was placed 4th on the point guard chart. Lin didn’t get disappointed by arrived first for practice and worked hard with the coaches for improving his judgment and footwork.

YEAR 2012

While the Knicks were encouraging Lin to look for other offers, there were speculations that Knicks could match an offer. However, soon Houston Rockets mad an offer of $28.5 million for 4 years with a commitment of $19.5 million of 3 years. When the Knicks matched it, the Rockets raised the 3-year offer to $25 million. According to specialists, Lin would cost the Knicks at around $43 million in 2014. That they failed to match Rockets’ offer was a big surprise for everyone, as the team already had some of the highest payrolls in history. If they were to sign Jeremy, he would have been only the 4th highest-paid player for the team.

The Houston Rockets began their season with 5-7 record. While Lin averaged 10 points, he had trouble with his shooting. This was because he was doing less of handling as he was doing with the Knicks. It was James Harden, his Houston teammate, who was doing most of the handling, while Lin remained on the wing. In November 2012, Lin faced the New York Knicks for the first time. Even though, the Knicks made a good entry at 8-2, the Rockets beat them at 131-103 at home. Lin made 13 points, 3 assists and 7 rebounds in the game.

Jeremy shot 6 for 12 and made 50% of his shorts in 8 games, the first time he ever did this. He went on to break his own 5-game lack without getting a 3-pointer. On December 10, Harden had to sit out due to injury. Lin went on to score 38 points in the 134-126 game against San Antonio Spurs. This performance reminded everyone of his game during Linsanity. The talented player put in a performance with 9 to 16 jump shots at 56.2%. When he entered the contest, his jump shots made only 26.1% of the time. A year ago, he was only 40.2%.

The figures through the 2012 season soon proved that Lin and Harden were more useful if they played independently. Before Knick went against the Knicks in the first game in New York, he said that he was not at his best and was playing poorly. However, at the end of the game, the Houston Rockets beat the Knicks at 109-96, the first time in 11 games that Knicks lost at home. Jeremy Lin scored 22 points against his former team. Even though he was cheered at the introductions, the local fans started booing him as they saw their team going down, with a former free agent scoring most of the points against them. Today, Jeremy Lin is a talented professional player, who is expected to become a bigger ‘brand’ in near future.

Roger Federer biography

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Roger Federer is a professional tennis player from Switzerland who is currently ranked by the ATP as the World No.2. According to most tennis critics, analysts and current and former players Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger Federer has many Open Era world records to his name with the World No.1 title being held for overall 302 weeks and 237 weeks at a continuous stretch from 2004 to 2008.

Roger Federer has won 17 Grand Slams and has reached the finals of record 5 Grand Slam tournaments. In addition, he has reached the finals of Wimbledon 8 times. He is only 1 out of 4 in the Open Era and 1 out of 7 men to have captured the career Grand Slam. In addition, Federer is only 1 of the 3 players to do it separately on grass, clay and hard courts, with the other two players being Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.


Roger Federer was born on 8th August, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland to Robert Federer and Lynette Du Rand. Roger’s mother is a South African and his parents met each other on a business trip. Federer became the national junior champion at just 14 and was selected to be trained at the Swiss National Tennis Center, Ecublens. He was sponsored at 16 and enrolled with the International Tennis Federation in 1996. In 1998, Federer won the Orange Bowl and junior Wimbledon before he became a pro. This year, he was also awarded as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion.


Starting 1989, Federer was coached by Seppli Kacovsky. Roger has acknowledged that he has learnt many of his tactics from Seppli that helped him through his entire career. The most influential coach in his career was Peter Carter. Under his supervision, Federer went on to win 4 ITF junior trophies and completed the 1998 season as the top-rank junior player.

During the 1999 season, Federer trained under Peter Lundgren, the form ATP tennis star. Others who trained Federer later on include Tony Roche, Severin Luthi and Paul Annacone. Paul Annacone is the famous coach of Pete Sampras and Federer hired his service to put his career and game on the right path. Under Annacone’s supervision, he re-achieved his World. No. 1 ranking and also won his 7th Wimbledon Championship title.


Roger Federer is married to Mirka Vavrinec, who is a former tennis player but retired after a foot injury in 2002. Both met each other in the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they were in the same team playing for Switzerland. They were married in Riehen in April 2009 and currently have two girls.


Federer was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and he also met the Pope during one of the tournaments in Rome in 2006. Before taking to tennis, Federer also underwent military service with the Swiss army.


Roger Federer is the first man from Switzerland to have won the Grand Slam. He holds the Wimbledon Championship for a record 7 times, and tied with Pete Sampras for his 286-week World No.1 ranking.

Federer became a sensation at the 2001 Wimbledon when be knocked out the reigning champion Pete Sampras. It was in 2003 that he achieved the first Grand Slam for any Swiss man when he won the Wimbledon singles. When the year 2004 started, Federer ranking No.2 went on to win the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the ATP Masters and defended his Wimbledon title. This helped him become the World No.1 at the beginning of 2005. The Ace went on to remain at the No.1 position between 2004 and 2008. In 2012, the 30-year old tennis legend went on to defeat the current World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Wimbledon and Andy Murray in the finals.


The 2012 season began for Federer with the ATP World Tour. Even though he could achieve only a semifinals finish, losing to Rafael Nadal, he went on to win 3 consecutive titles at the BNP Paribas Open, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The biggest feat was winning his 7th Wimbledon title. Federer had a season record of 71 to 12 during the 2012 season.

YEAR 2011

Even though, the 2011 was great for Roger compared to most of the other players, but it was still a lean year compared to his own career. Novak Djokovic defeated him in the Australian Open. This was the first time in 9 years that Federer didn’t hold any of the 4 Major titles. However, Djokovic’s consecutive 43-win streak came to an end at the hands of none other than Roger Federer at the 2011 French Open. However, he couldn’t beat Rafael Nadal at the finals.

YEAR 2012

Having withdrawn from the 2012 Qatar Open, Federer lost at the Australian Open semifinals to Rafael Nadal. The Swiss team was also eliminated at the 2012 Davis Cup World Cup, with Federer losing his singles match to John Isner. However, Federer went on to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament beating Juan Martin del Potro in Rotterdam. Then, he won the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championships beating Andy Murray in the finals. He won the 2012 Indian Wells Masters title for the 4th time beating Nadal in the semifinals and Isner in the finals. His winning streak during the Miami Masters helped him regain his World No.2 rank from Nadal.


According to Roger Federer, he wouldn’t be playing as often in the coming years. However, he is looking forward to play in the 2016 Olympics. The fact that the 31-year-old player continues to display streaks of greatness even at this age makes him a legend. Through his over-a-decade old pro career, he has achieved more titles to his name than any other tennis player has. Federer says that he would be watchful of the tournaments that he chooses in the future so that he can keep playing at the highest level.

Novak Djokovic biography

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Novak Djokovic is the ATP World No. 1 tennis player currently and has been ranked the World No. 1 at the end of both years, 2011 and 2012. Djokovic, born on May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia started playing tennis when he was 4. He began his international career at the age of 13. By 16, he had won 5 ITF tournaments and was recognized as 40th in the list of the top junior tennis players. The year 2010 saw Djokovic spearhead the Serbian team to record its first Davis Cup win.

Djokovic has the longest record of 43-unbroken wins, which he achieved in 2011. His biggest achievement in 2011 was winning at Wimbledon and achieving the World No. 1 ranking. Djokovic again made it to the Wimbledon semifinals in 2012 after winning the Australian Open, only to be stopped by Roger Federer.


Novak Djokovic was spotted by Jelena Gencic, the legendary Yugoslavian tennis player, when he was 6 years old. Gencic spent 6 years working with Djokovic to improve his game. It was during this time that war broke out in former Yugoslavia. Djokovic has been noted to say that the hardships of the war hardened his determination to play the game better. When he was 13, Gencic made him join the Pilic Academy, Munich for higher level competition, and at 14, Djokovic started his international career.


Jelena Gencic was the first coach to Djokovic. After spending 6 years under her coaching, he joined the Pilic Academy, Munich at the age of 13. He ended his 2011 season as a triple European champion in all forms of the game. Novak won his first ATP Challenger in Budapest in 2004. The next year, he qualified for the Wimbledon and made it to the 3rd round. This helped him move up his rankings, enabling him to come in the Top 100.


Novak Djokovic was born to Srdjan and Dijana Djokovic. He has two younger brothers, who are also professional tennis players. Novak resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Jelena Ristic is Novak’s girlfriend since 2005. Even though, the World No.1 has a world-class training schedule to follow, he has found time to learn other languages including English, Italian and German along with his native language, Serbian.

Djokovic has keen interest in football, with Red Star Belgrade being his favorite home team, and other European favorites being A.C. Milan and S.L. Benfica. Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, the fellow Serbian tennis player are good friends, as they have known each other since childhood.


Novak Djokovic is a devout Serbian Orthodox Christian. In April 2011, he was awarded the Serbian Orthodox Church’s highest decoration, the Order of St. Sava I class. This was in recognition of his demonstration of love for the church and helping the Serbian people.


According to Andre Agassi, Djokovic along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is considered to be among the 3 greatest tennis players ever. Rod Laver considers Djokovic as the No. 6 player on his list of Top 10 Open Era male tennis players, while Tim Henman places him among the Top 8 in the history of the game.

During the 2007 season, Novak reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon and French Open. He went on to bag his second masters title by beating all the Top 3 ranking players – Federer, Nadal and Andy Roddick. This feat saw him become the World No. 3. At the 2008 Olympics, Djokovic played for the Serbian national team and won the bronze medal in the singles category. However, in 2010, he led the national team to win the Davis Cup for the first time.


In 2012, Djokovic’s season began on 2nd January at the 2012 ATP World Tour. He had a season record of 87 wins against only 12 losses. Even though, Federer toppled him from the top ATP ranking after his Wimbledon success, Djokovic reclaimed the ranking with his success at the Paris Masters.

YEAR 2011

In 2011, Djokovic’s win-loss record was 70 to 6. His 2011 season is considered as one of the top tennis seasons in the history of men’s tennis. He continued his undefeated streak into the semifinals of the French Open in June 2011, which helped him compile a record 43-match consecutive wins.

The year 2011 saw Djokovic win 10 tournaments that included 3 Grand Slams – the Wimbledon Championships, the Australian Open and the US Open. He went on to win a record 5 Masters Series 1000 titles including Canada, Miami and Indian Wells, on hard courts, and on clay in Rome and Madrid.

He made his 2011 more memorable by winning the Serbia Open and at Dubai. The 2011 season also saw him defeat Rafael Nadal in 6 finals. The first time he achieved the World No. 1 ranking was in July 2011, and he continued to remain at the top until the end of the season. In addition, Novak Djokovic also set a new record for a season by winning $ 12.6 million in prize money for the ATP World Tour.

YEAR 2012

According to Djokovic, his 2012-season achievements were higher than what he achieved during the 2011 season, even though he won 3 Grand Slams in 2011 and became the World No. 1. In 2012, he beat Roger Federer to remain at the top by bagging the ATP World Tour Finals title. Djokovic dedicated the victory to his father.


Novak Djokovic has been the top tennis player for 2011 and 2012, having toppled the long-term dominance of Roger Federer. The 2013 tennis season begins with the first major game at Melbourne. According to tennis experts, the next few years would see Djokovic continuing his dominance in the game. The year 2013 is expected to consolidate his dominance that has been seen in the last year. As his form has shown no decline recently, it is considered that he is yet to break many world records.

Lindsey Caroline Vonn biography

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Lindsey Caroline Vonn, born October 18, 1984, is one of the top American alpine ski racers of all time, and is part of the United States Ski Team. She is the winner of 4 overall World Cup championships, being one of the only 2 female players in the sports to achieve it. She won the World Cup championship consecutively between 2008 and 2010 and then in 2012. Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female ski racer in the sport.

Lindsey was born as Lindsey Caroline Kildow to Linda Anee and Alan Lee Kildow in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the age of 10, Vonn met Picabo Street, the Olympic gold medalist. Lindsey considers Street as her role model. On the other hand, Street was also impressed by the young girl and served as her skiing mentor.


Lindsey Vonn was raised in Twin Cities, Burnsville and started skiing when she was just 2. At age 11, she and her family moved to Colorado where she trained at the Ski Club Vail. She first qualified for the Olympics in 2002 at the age of 17, where she achieved the 6th position in the combined event at Salt Lake City. From there, she went on to be one of the most celebrated American skiers.

The year 1999 saw Vonn becoming the first female from the U.S. to win at Trofeo Topolino in Italy. She gradually grew in her status in the national Ski Team to make a World Cup debut at just 16 in Park City, Utah. In 2003, she won the silver medal in the Junior World Championship in France.


In 2007, Lindsey married the former U.S. Ski Team athlete and 2002 Olympian Thomas Vonn. After 4 years, there was news of divorce proceedings, which was finalized in the beginning of 2013. Lindsey regularly stays at the home of her competitor and friend, Maria Riesch in Germany. Lindsey and Thomas used to spend their Christmas Eve at Riesch’s home. In addition to English, Lindsey is also fluent in German. She enjoys a wide range of other activities with her leading hobbies being tennis, cycling and reading.


It is reported that Vonn visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She consider herself as a Christian, even though there is an opinion that it is not a Christian Church. The church has Jesus as its head and it is engaged in global charity.


Lindsey Vonn is only 1 among 5 women who have achieved the feat of having won the World Cup in all 5 forms of alpine skiing including downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super G and super combined. At the end of 2012, Lindsey had 57 World Cup races in her name. There are only two other players in the game who have won more World Cups in their career and both have already retired. Having won gold and bronze in Olympics, 2 World Championship gold medals, 3 World Championship silver medals and 4 World Cup titles, she is the most successful U.S. skier in alpine skiing.

In addition, she was honored with the 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman and the 2010 USOC sportswoman award.


Lindsey Vonn is the only American woman to have won 4 overall World Cup titles and the downhill gold in the Olympics. Vonn’s first World Cup victor came in Lake Louise, Alberta when she was just 20. Since then, she has added a record World Cup wins to her name.

YEAR 2011

Before 2011, Lindsey Vonn saw 3 consecutive World Cup winning years. In 2011, the competition came from her best friend and German competitor Maria Riesch. While Vonn was ahead in the speed race, Riesch made her mark in the slaloms and remained ahead in the ranking. Vonn’s 2011 World Cup season was broken up at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany when she suffered from a concussion. Due to this, she was able to start up in only 2 events.

YEAR 2012

However, Vonn’s 2012 season was a bright year in her career. She went on to make a record World Cup wins of 12 victories. She won the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup for a 4th time and the downhill World Cup for a straight 5th time. She also won her 3rd straight Super Combined Globe and 4th Super G. The year 2012 also saw Lindsey reset the women’s World Cup points total, which was only 20 points behind the men’s all time record.

Lindsey simply dominated the 2012 World Cup season. She went on to produce almost 2-second downhill wins, made 2 giant slalom wins and confirmed the overall title with 5 more races to go. It was in the 2012 season that she confirmed her name among the all-time greats in the sport. In fact, there is no one currently active in the game that is ahead of hear. The only ones that are ahead are already retired, and it is expected that she wouldn’t take long to surpass them.


Lindsey’s 2013 season began with slight slowing down due to illness. Due to this reason, she couldn’t achieve significant results at giant slalom. In addition, she also had to skip a few slalom races. However, she returned back quick in the speed events, and won all the 3 races including 1 Super G and 2 Downhills. This was the third hat-trick in her career and she found her most career wins record in a single resort increase to 14. These 3 wins helped her take her overall career wins to 56 that put her ahead of Vreni Schneider, with only Annemarie Moser-Proll remaining as the leading name.

According to Lindsey, she is having lots of fun in the team. She says that she is more relaxed than ever and is enjoying everything around her. She is enjoying not just the podiums and winnings, but everything. For her, the sport means getting out there and doing what she loves to do every day.