Time's 100 Most Influential List Features Several Prominent Athletes
TIME magazine today unveiled its 15th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, and Gold Medal-winning U.S. snowboarder CHLOE KIM was one of several prominent sports figures were featured on the list. Celebrity chef DAVID CHANG wrote of Kim, "It’s hard for me to imagine the amount of pressure Chloe must have internalized." Fans "saddled her with four years’ worth of built-up expectations" and Asian-American fans "further piled on their hopes that she would shatter Asian stereotypes on her way to the podium." Chang: "She crushed it. Blew us all out of the water. Now the best thing Chloe Kim can do is be Chloe Kim." U.S. figure skater ADAM RIPPON also made the list, and CHER wrote Rippon "isn’t just a beautiful skater." Cher: "He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor." He "dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost." Gymnast RACHAEL DENHOLLANDER, the first woman to publicly say she was molested by former USA Gymnastics team doctor LARRY NASSAR, also was honored. U.S. gymnast ALY RAISMAN, herself a victim, wrote, "None of us could have anticipated or prepared for the onslaught of emotions we’d experience just by being in that courtroom." Yet Denhollander was in attendance for "each court session of that sentencing, each impact statement and each fellow survivor."
CHECKING THE LIST: Texans DE J.J. WATT made the list, and Houston Mayor SYLVESTER TURNER noted Watt raised more than $37M for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and "delivered water, food and supplies to storm victims." Watt "lifted the spirits of all Houstonians." Turner: "Every few years, a professional athlete touches the heart and soul of a city in a way that has nothing to do with athleticism." Such is the case with Watt -- a "star on and off the field." ROGER FEDERER also was recognized, with BILL GATES writing, "Roger and his team are working to improve the life prospects for poor children -- a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand." Federer "knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time." Apple Senior VP/Internet Software & Services EDDY CUE penned the piece on Warriors F KEVIN DURANT. From Durant's $10M commitment to the College Track program to "help disadvantaged kids receive higher education to building and renovating basketball courts around the world so at-risk youth have a safe place to learn and play," Durant is "giving those growing up in tough situations, like he did, a path to success." As an entrepreneur, Durant "brings the same relentless work ethic and pursuit of excellence that he has on the court, focusing on companies and products that are making lives better." Indian cricket player VIRAT KOHLI also made the list; former India National Cricket Team captain SACHIN TENDULKAR wrote today Kohli is a "household name and a champion in cricket" (TIME, 4/30 issue).