13 Famous Athletes Who Live and Compete With Asthma


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Athletes With Asthma

13 Famous Athletes With Asthma

If you have asthma, it can sometimes be hard to imagine running a mile, much less running a marathon or playing a full game of hockey.

However, it is entirely possible to be an athlete while having asthma.

Numerous famous athletes have asthma. In fact, The Globe and Mail reported that 700 out of the 10,000 Olympians who competed in the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

Here’s a list of athletes with asthma.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, wasn’t diagnosed with asthma until she was a freshman at UCLA.

At the time, she was running track and playing basketball when she couldn’t catch her breath.

Per her report, it took her several years until she took her asthma medications as prescribed. In 2000, she told Sports Illustrated, “I finally learned I had to respect asthma as much as I would an opponent.”

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