We all have our favorite sports, but which sports are the most popular around the world? The problem is coming up with a clear defining meaning for popular - by popular do we mean most watched, the most played, or the sport with the most passionate. According to the list of the best-selling cars in America inpublished by Good Car Bad Car, the Dodge Charger is one of the most popular sports cars out there.
Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs More recently, the Williams sisters, Venus Williams 7 major singles titles and Serena Williams 23 major singles titles , have been a dominant force in the women's game, and the twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan have claimed almost all significant career records for men's doubles teams.
Amateur organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Amateur Athletic Union sanction cross-country running in fall, indoor track and field in winter, and outdoor track and field in spring.
Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the fastest woman of all time;    the world records she set in for both the m and m still stand. Americans have frequently set world standards in various disciplines of track and field for both male and female athletes.
Tyson Gay and Michael Johnson hold various sprint records for male athletes, while Florence Griffith Joyner set various world sprint records for female athletes. Mary Slaney set many world records for middle-distance disciplines. A turning point occurred in US track in the running boom of the s.
Many decades later, he transitioned to a woman and changed her a first name of Caitlyn. High school track in the United States became a unique foundation for creating the United States middle-distance running talent pool, and from to an average of 13 high school boys in the United States would run under in the mile per year.
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The number of high school boys running the mile under per year dropped abruptly from ,  and female participation in many distance events was forbidden by athletic authorities until the s. Carl Lewis is credited with "normalizing" the practice of having a lengthy track career as opposed to retiring once reaching the age when it is less realistic of gaining a personal best result.
The United States is home to school-sponsored track and field, a tradition in which most schools from middle school through college feature a track and field team. Owing to the number of American athletes who satisfy Olympic norm standards, the US holds national trials to select the best of its top-tier athletes for Olympic competition.
Combat sports[ edit ] Oscar De La Hoya won ten world titles in six different weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes and winning a gold medal in the lightweight division.
Boxing in the United States became the center of professional boxing in the early 20th century.
In the s and s, Muhammad Ali became an iconic figure, transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride, and transcended the sport by refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.
Mixed martial arts in the United States developed in the s, and has achieved popularity in the early 21st century.
Many companies promote MMA cards, with the U. Professional wrestling , which evolved into a mostly scripted kayfabe form of sports entertainment over the course of the 20th century, enjoys widespread popularity as a spectator sport.
Interest in pro wrestling peaked during the Monday Night Wars of the s and s. This was due to the competition between the World Wrestling Federation WWF and WCW , which were the two biggest professional wrestling organizations in the country during the last two decades of the 20th century, both backed by wealthy moguls with national media access, Vince McMahon and Ted Turner respectively.
It is also stated that, between the two companies, an estimated 16 million viewers tuned in every week.
Following the conclusion of the Wars and WCW's subsumption into WWF to become the modern WWE , professional wrestling's audience has diminished; however, it still pulls in some of cable television's highest weekly ratings.
WWE remains the dominant professional wrestling company in the U. Judo in the United States is not very popular and is eclipsed by more popular martial arts like karate and taekwondo.
Swimming and water sports[ edit ] Kelly Slater surfing in the Boost Mobile Pro at Trestles Swimming is a major competitive sport at high school and college level, but receives little mainstream media attention outside of the Olympics. Surfing in the United States and watersports are popular in the U.
California and Hawaii are the most popular locations for surfing. The Association of Surfing Professionals was founded in Other popular individual sports[ edit ] Tony Hawk skateboarding Skateboarding — Skateboarding culture was born in the U.
Hunting and fishing are popular in the U. Other popular outdoors activities in the country include hiking , mountain climbing , paintball and kayaking.
In winter, many Americans head to mountainous areas for skiing and snowboarding. Road bicycle racing has increased in popularity, fueled by the success of cyclists Greg LeMond and the eight consecutive Tours de France won by American contestants although all eight were discarded in the wake of doping revelations against the two winners, Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis.
Mountain biking is also widely practiced, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Rodeo — The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is the main professional rodeo organization in the world.
Bull riding , a subset of the rodeo, enjoys popularity as a standalone sport, especially the pro competition, Professional Bull Riders. Bowling — Bowling is the most popular participation "game" sport in the U. Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice.
It was the first winter sport included in the Olympics, in Cornhole is a recreational sport that gained popularity in the s.
Popular team sports[ edit ].