Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. It’s one of the beauties of athletics: variety. The ideal size for every sport—every position, really—is so distinct, gifting us international sporting icons that range from the size of a 10-year-old to larger-than-life behemoths that defy any human limitations we thought existed. In appreciation of this wondrous diversity, we decided to list the best athletes right now at 28 different heights. Of course, such an ambitious list has more than a few regrettable omissions, and pinpointing an athlete’s exact height is virtually impossible. Still, this gathering of world-class athletes is, above all, a reminder that no one is too small, or too tall, to make it big.  - Daniel Rapaport


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