6 Powerful Ted Talks All Sports Fans Must See

Where the transformation of sport meets the inspiration of Ted.

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BY Mandy Antoniacci - 01 Mar 2017

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Nike co-founder Bill Bowden famously said, "if you have a body, you are an athlete." Whether you love to swim, run, shoot hoops or simply walk, these talks will make you channel the inner athlete that lives inside us all.


Gonzalo Vilario: How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions

With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilario tells the captivating story of Argentina's blind soccer team -- and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions.


Billie Jean King: This tennis icon paved the way for women in sports

Tennis legend Billie Jean King isn't just a pioneer of women's tennis -- she's a pioneer for women getting paid. In this freewheeling conversation, she talks about identity, the role of sports in social justice and the famous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs.


David Epstein: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.


Lewis Pugh: My mind-shifting Everest swim

After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate change.


Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

An oldie but a goodie, this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.


John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

With grandfather-like simplicity and wisdom, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his dad's wisdom.