In 1984, Mario Lemieux was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as the top pick in the NHL Draft. Lemieux—which means "the best" in French—later snapped Wayne Gretzky's seven-year hold on the scoring title and eight-year grip on the Hart Trophy (MVP). A Rookie of the Year, six-time NHL scoring leader, three-time MVP and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, "Super Mario" made miraculous comebacks from Hodgkin's disease and multiple back injuries and, as an encore, bought the Penguins and saved the team from bankruptcy in 1999. Lemieux led Pittsburgh to two consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92. Under his ownership, the Penguins won a third Cup in 2009 and a fourth in 2016. As "Le Magnifique" celebrates his 51st birthday on Oct. 5, 2016, we present SI's best photos of Mario Lemieux.
As Kevin Durant — the 2007-08 Rookie of the Year and 2013-14 MVP, four-time NBA scoring champion named to seven consecutive All-Star teams — celebrates his 28th birthday on Sept. 29, 2016, we present SI's best photos of KD through the years.
Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy dominated the NHL for 18 seasons while popularizing the butterfly style: pads to the ice, stick covering the five-hole as he dared shooters to find the slivers of space above his shoulders. Fearless, smart, technically precise, iron-willed and cocky, Roy is the all-time posteason leader in games (247) and wins (151). The 11-time All-Star also won three Vezina Trophies, three Conn Smythes and four Stanley Cups. As "Saint Patrick" celebrates his 51st birthday on Oct. 5, 2016, we present SI's 33 best photos of No. 33.
Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews went through one of the most difficult years of her life in 2016, and it was her experiences in sports that motivated her to keep fighting—as she dealt with a civil trial for an invasion of privacy lawsuit followed by her cervical cancer diagnosis. She underwent surgery in October and found out she was cancer free by November, all without missing a game. Here, we take a look back at SI's best photos of Erin Andrews.
For decades Don King was a driving force behind Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. He was the electric-haired, dynamite-voiced impresario introducing Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. He gave boxing the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila, spearheaded a heavyweight reunification series in the 1980s and milked every dollar out of a Tyson-worshipping public in the ’90s. No one understood the value of heavyweights like King; not coincidentally, no one made more money off them—in 2006, Forbes estimated that he’d taken in $1 billion off more than 600 bouts over 33 years and his personal worth was $350 million. As the legendary boxing promoter celebrates his 85th birthday on Aug. 20, 2016, we present SI's best photos of Don King.
1963 NL Rookie of the Year, 1973 NL MVP and 17-time All-Star Pete Rose turned 75 years old on April 14, 2016. Here are SI's best photos of "Charlie Hustle," the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and outs (10,328).
As Kerri Walsh Jennings—a three-time Olympic gold medalist with longtime teammate Misty May-Treanor, who retired after the London Olympics in 2012—celebrates her 38th birthday on Aug. 15, 2016, while competing for a fourth gold medal in Rio with teammate April Ross, we present SI's best photos of the professional beach volleyball player nicknamed "Six Feet of Sunshine."
Professional snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White has gold medals in halfpipe from the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and has also won 23 medals at the X Games, including a record 15 gold. As "The Flying Tomato" celebrates his 30th birthday on Sept. 3, 2016, we present SI's best photos of Shaun White.