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04 June 2020 | in FISU Athletes

Student-Athletes of the Decade


Every once in a while, some athletes come along who achieve the impossible and inspire generations. These are the athletes whose names are etched in memories and history books. University sport is no different, and just in the last decade alone, we have witnessed some incredible performances, superhuman feats and remarkably consistent success.   


This June, FISU is celebrating some outstanding student-athletes of the last decade. Largely based on results at the FISU World University Games – multiple editions in some cases – personal stories of courage and conviction and also subsequent achievements, we have put together five female and five male university sport athletes that set the field on fire in the last decade. This is in no way a definitive list but rather, a selection of some of the best.


Snowboard teaserStarting on Friday, 5 June, we will reveal the name of one incredible athlete every day. Ahead of the reveal, university sports fans will have the chance to guess the name based on hints which will be peppered on our social media channels through the day. It’s an excellent opportunity for fans to not only test their u-sports trivia, but also get to know some of the most inspiring college athletes of the last decade.


From a five-time world university champion in a team sport to a six-time individual gold medallist at the World University Games, the list of ten athletes includes all the major sports from athletics to swimming, football to gymnastics. There are also a couple of outstanding winter sports stars in the mix, one of whom happens to be a multiple Olympic champion.


Get set for the revelation of ten of the best student-athletes of the last decade. Through the next fortnight, we’ll also hear from some of them so stay tuned in to the FISU social media channels and watch this space.


Can you guess the first one? Hint: Snowboard.