Introduction
Firsts
Olympians
Game Makers
More than Champions
Barrier Removers
Superstars
Additional Objects

To be first takes the imagination to attempt the impossible, the courage to go where others have never ventured, and the strength to succeed. Records can be broken, but to be first is a permanent distinction. Pioneering athletes bring monumental change to sports and beyond. They transform the world by changing minds.










 
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