Is Spain the most athletic country?

by on Sep.14, 2010, under ALL, NBA, SOCCER, TENNIS, Tour de France

The European country known for its rich geographical history, its historical landmarks, and its influential culture is now a dynasty in sports? Yeah, you could say that. Recent events in global competitions have supported the idea that Spain is indeed a powerhouse in global sporting competitions.

Spain started making a name for itself, when it performed to the highest degree in the sports of basketball, soccer, cycling, and tennis.

BASKETBALL: Beginning in 2006, Spain started making noise in the sport always thought to have been dominated by the U.S.A., with a gold medal during the 2006 FIBA World Championships.В  Spain made its name as a basketball country when it defeated Greece in the 2006 finals causing other countries to take the Spanish seriously. В They are now considered to contain some of the most elite basketball athletes. В Notable Spanish players currently playing in the NBA include: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Jose Calderon, Rudy Fernandez, and Sergio Rodriquez.

SOCCER: Then there’s soccer.В  Always having been the most popular sport in Spain, soccer has grown to a point where the world now believes Spain as prominent. В The Spaniards have proven to the world they are prestigious through their victory’s in recent world competitions, recently victorious in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. В Of the 32 teams in the tournament, Spain became world champions bringingВ  home their first world title, and the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent.

CYLCING: Whoever said cycling wasn’t a sport didn’t know what they’re talking about.В  One of the more tiring sporting competitions, cycling has always been an important sport in Spain.В  But what has Spain accomplished in cycling? В Well, some of the world’s best cyclists are Spaniards; and it all began in 2008 when Carlos Sastre became the seventh and third consecutive Spaniard to win the Tour de France.В  Then in 2009 and 2010 Spanish Cyclist Alberto Contador won the Tour de France.

TENNIS: Finally, there’s the good old sport of tennis. В I don’t know if you know this, but Spain has produced some of the greatest tennis players of all time with athletes such as: Rafael Nadal, David FerrerВ , Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Feliciano Lopez, Felix Mantilla, Fernando Verdasco, Alberto Berasategui, etc. В These Spaniards are definitely claiming the sport; especially Nadal who recently defeated Djokovic for the 2010 U.S. Open title on September 13, 2010. В In addition, Nadal is the Gold Medalist at 2008 Summer OlympicsВ in Beijing, China. В The number 1 currently ranked tennis player in the world has nine grandslam titles to his name; five French Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, one US Open title and one Australia Open title.

Who knew Spain would blow up to become an elite sport country?

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