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18 AAPI Athletes Who Changed Professional Sports Forever

From the past and present.

1. Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama celebrates in green jacket

2. Vicki Manalo Draves

Vicki Manalo Draves standing on a springboard above a pool

3. Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno on ice

4. Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki holding a baseball bat and waiting for the pitch

5. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao wearing boxing gloves

6. Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin in a "We the North" shirt

7. Li Na

Li Na celebrating on court

8. Inbee Park

Inbee Park swinging a golf club

9. Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan ice skating

10. Yao Ming

Yao Ming in a Rockets uniform

11. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods swinging a golf club

12. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform

13. Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee flipping into a pool

14. Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi ice skating

15. Jim Paek

Jim Paek in a Penguins hockey jersey

16. Michael Chang

Michael Chang with a tennis racket

17. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee in a fighting stance

18. Asuka

Asuka on wrestling ring ropes

There are many of other great Asian/Pacific Islander athletes past and present. Comment below with any names that deserve major recognition!

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