Our grandparents and parents may not have seen many Asian athletes in professional sports when they were growing up. However, the tides have changed and kids, today, have role models to look up to who look just like them! 🤩
Whether it’s across football, tennis, basketball, golf, or other sports, Asian athletes have been able to break down stereotypes in the top leagues and tournaments across the world. See our list below for the Top 5 Asian Athletes Today (2020 Version)!
1. Naomi Osaka
Naomi continues to amaze the tennis world. Let’s all take a moment to remember how she beat Serena Williams (the Serena Williams!) for her first US Open title back in 2018. She won her second US Open title in 2020 – check out the tournament highlights!
2. Younghoe Koo
Koo has had his fair share of adversity since joining the NFL. After getting cut from the Chargers in 2017, he has been able to turn it completely around. In the 2020 NFL season, he is on currently pace to lead the entire league in scoring and break the Atlanta Falcon’s franchise record for field goals in a single season. Watch him breaking a record for 3-straight onside kicks!
3. Collin Morikawa
Collin makes golf look way too easy. In 2020, the California-native has risen to the occasion on multiple occasions. He has already won 3 PGA Tours since going pro in 2019 and won the the 2020 PGA Championship. Check out his best moments from that tournament!
4. Son Heung-Min
Tottenham’s South Korean footballer Son Heung-Min became the first Asian player to score 50 goals in the Premier League. Yup, he’s good. Very good. He also won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year at the 2020 Best Fifa Football Awards. See the award winning goal!
5. Jeremy Lin
After winning the 2019 NBA Championship with the Toronto Raptors, Jeremy Lin joined the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. For the 2020 season, Jeremy averaged 22 points and 6 assists per game and led the Ducks to the playoff semifinals. He’s currently pursuing a NBA comeback, and let’s not forget what he did the last time there were doubters back in 2012… #Linsanity
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