Caitlyn Jenner, Katie Ledecky, Lewis Hamilton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sania Mirza were other sports figures selected to the list.
Warriors star Stephen Curry and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey have been named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Curry led the Golden State Warriors to an NBA record-breaking 73-win season, surpassing Michael Jordan’s 1995–96 Chicago Bulls for the most wins in a single season. The Warriors finished with the best record in the league for the second consecutive season and are currently beating the Houston Rockets, 2–0, in their first-round playoff series.
“My definition of a role model is someone who maximizes their potential to push the boundaries of their circumstances with passion, purpose, integrity and the sensitivity to know they are setting an example for others along the way,” wrote Misty Copeland in the description of Curry. “Stephen Curry is a true role model.”
Rousey suffered the first loss of her MMA career when she was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193, dropping her record to 12–1. In the description of why Rousey was chosen as an Influential Person, actress Tina Fey explains it is the example the fighter sets for women with her “Do Nothing B----” catchphrase.
“Imagine if we could teach our daughters to value their bodies for what they can do, not for how others think they look,” Fey writes. “Could Ronda be the one to finally help us understand that as females, we define the word feminine and that it doesn’t define us?”
Jordan Spieth, Caitlyn Jenner, Usain Bolt, Katie Ledecky, Lewis Hamilton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sania Mirza and Ibtihaj Muhammad were other sports figures selected to the list.
Just four people from the sports world were honored on last year’s list.
To see the complete listing of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, click here.