Despite the disruption of the last couple of years, the world of sport continues to chug along nicely. And it’s still generating stars – people with seemingly superhuman performance.
In this post, we look at some of the emerging personalities you’ll want to keep on your radar in 2021.
Mick Schumacher has a lot to live up to in F1. His father was one of the true legends of the sport, dominating it for years.
Schumacher Jr. hasn’t had the same kind of impact on the sport as his father yet. But it is his first F1 season, so it is still early days for the young whipper-snapper. Remember, it took several years for Michael Schumacher to hit the big time.
Alice Tai is one of the most exciting athletes currently competing in women’s swimming. Tai won two medals at the last Olympics and is one of the world’s most iconic paralympic swimmers.
Despite the pandemic shutdown, Tai found new ways to train and compete, ensuring that she would be at her best the next time the games came around.
Dina Asher-Smith is a heptathlon star, looking to emulate some of the success that Jessica Ennis had for Britain in the sport. She stands alongside a range of other athletes currently at the forefront of British athletics, looking to transform it for the next decade. Many of the rising stars show Linford Christie-like levels of performance.
British Athletics have confirmed that Asher-Smith will head into the delayed Tokyo Olympics with a good chance of being the first female gold medal winner to stand on the podium.
English Championship footballer, Ivan Toney, made waves for Newcastle United last season, according to Sport in Depth. And, thanks to his hard work, he will be making his way into the Premier League next.
Toney is a sports star well worth watching in the year ahead. He’s a prolific finisher and moves with incredible pace and aggression.
Frazer Clarke is hoping that he will be able to emulate the prowess of stars such as Anthony Joshua and Audley Harrison in the ring. He exhibits characteristic self-confidence and always finds a way to shine when boxing in front of a crowd. He isn’t the strongest medal hope going into the Tokyo Olympics, but don’t count him out. This man certainly has the confidence he needs to succeed.
Jannik Sinner is one of the most exciting tennis players currently competing in major tournaments. At just 19 years of age, he was able to breeze through at the French Open and became the youngest player in twelve years to win an ATP title.
While Sinner is blossoming early, he is precisely the sort of player that the tennis world has been waiting for. The sport needs a personality who can break the Federer-Djokovic-Nadal reign that’s persisted over the last decade and a half. Perhaps he will be the player to do it. Maybe tennis fans will witness a genuine “change of the guard”.