Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali only took 18 years to become an Olympic gold medalist. Only 4 years later, he made himself world heavyweight boxing champion. After being suspended for his refusal to join military service, he reclaimed the title two more times in the 1970s by defeating Joe Frazier and George Foreman. He often referred himself to as “the greatest”.
He was known not only for his impressive boxing skills and fancy foot works, but also his ability to express something with unique phrases. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984. He also earned Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.