We’ve all heard the expression size doesn’t matter, well that may be true in some cases, but not if you are up against one of the sports giants on our list. Here are the largest athletes in the game, people who know how to use their height and weight as an enormous advantage.
Konishiki Yasokichi – 633 lb
With nicknames like “Dump Truck” and “Meat Bomb,” Konishiki Yasokochi was a force to be reckoned with in the world of sumo wrestling. The massive sumo superstar reached a peak weight of 633 lbs. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Yasokochi surprised Japanese fans when he won the top division three times because they had yet to see a foreign sumo wrestler as successful and talented as Yasokochi. Unfortunately, the “Dump Truck” fell just short of becoming the first-ever foreign yokozuna, or grand champion.
Andre The Giant – 7’4″, 520 lb
Andre the Giant was a wrestling legend with legions of fans all over the world. He stood a staggering 7ft 4in tall and weighed over 500 lbs. He used his size and skills to fight three or four opponents at once and to defeat some WWE heavy hitters including big-name stars like Hulk Hogan and King Kong Bundy. He was also well known for his role as Fezzik, the good-hearted giant, in the iconic film “The Princess Bride”, which earned him plenty of new fans. Andre the Giant suffered from a condition in which his body had an excess of human growth hormone and this is the reason for his enhanced proportions and deep voice. Sadly, he passed away from heart failure in 1993 when he only 46 years old.
Maria Sharapova – 6’2″
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is one of the tallest women to ever play professional tennis. She moved to the United States from her home country of Russia in the early 1990’s to pursue her dream of being a champion. In the past three decades, she has worked hard and become a regular on the WTA, even holding the number one place in singles on five separate occasions. Sharapova is a prime example of determination and has bounced back from numerous injuries over her career. She is still at the top of the tennis game today and has recently released a book titled “Unstoppable”.
Margo Dydek – 7’2″
Hailing out of Warsaw, Poland, Margo Dydek was the tallest WNBA player of all-time. Before retiring to coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, Dydek dominated the court as a center on the Connecticut Sun. Dydek didn’t succeed just because of her height, however. She spent countless hours in the gym to hone her skills. Dydek passed away in 2011 after complications following a heart attack. Sadly, Dydek had been pregnant with her third child when she suffered her heart attack.
Sharran Alexander – 448 lb
Sharon Alexander didn’t discover her passion for sumo wrestling until she was 41 years old. Before taking the world of sumo wrestling by storm, Alexander worked as a nanny in England. The London native earned the Guinness World Record for the heaviest sportswoman in 2013. Alexander is actually just one of a select few women recognized by the British Sumo Federation as a professional sumo wrestler. Alexander boasts an impressive resume, having won a total of four gold medals in international tournaments.
Amazon Eve – 6’8″
Many have considered Amazon Eve to be the tallest model in the world, and her name is certainly appropriate for her stature. Standing at 6 foot 8 inches, Eve has garnered lots of attention for her unique size and confidence. The American model has spent time working as a professional fitness trainer, actress, and model. She has been featured on the cover of Zoo Weekly, an Australia magazine in addition to the popular FX television series, American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Yvetta Hlavacova – 6’4.5″
Croatian long-distance swimmer Yvetta Hlavacova made history in 2006 when she swam across the English Channel in the fastest time ever, clocking in at 7 hours and 25 minutes. Standing at 6 feet 4.5 inches tall, there is no doubt that Hlavacova’s long arms and big hands help to propel her through the water. Despite her physical prowess, Hlavacova had a difficult time finding a club to swim for until her English Channel record, which finally brought her some well-earned recognition.
Jorge Gonzalez – 8ft
Jorge Gonzales is another member of the elite and rare 8 feet club. As a wrestler in the WWE, the Argentinian-born Gonzales went by his wrestling alias, El Gigante. His big break came when he took the ring in 1993’s Royal Rumble as Giant Gonzales, matched up against a tough opponent in the Undertaker. When it was all said and done, Gonzales got the best of the Undertaker. However, the Undertaker got his revenge at WrestleMania IX when he took out El Gigante.
Laura Dijkema – 6ft
At 6 feet tall, Laura Dijkema is among the tallest professional female volleyball athletes in the world. She’s played for most of her career on Dresdner SC and has even played for the Netherlands national team, winning three medals over the course of just two years a the 2015 Montreux Masters, the 2015 CEV European Championship, as well as the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix. In 2017, she also took home the prestigious title of “Best Setter” in the 2017 European Championship.
Hong-Man Choi – 7’2″
Hong-Man Choi has gathered up his fair share of nicknames throughout his career, including “the Korean Colossus,” “Korean Monster,” and “Techno Goliath.” Choi is a kickboxing specialist who knows how to use his size to his advantage and deliver devastating blows. Unfortunately, Choi’s career may be on its last leg. Regardless, Choi is a beloved celebrity in South Korea. In recent years, he’s even appeared on Korean television in shows like 2 Days & 1 Night, Running Man, and Hey Ghost, Let’s Fight.
Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings – 6’3″
Kerri Walsh Jennings and her longtime team partner Misty May Treanor were one of the best beach volleyball teams in the history of the sport. This dynamic duo took home the gold in the Athens, Beijing and London Summer Olympics. Standing at an impressive height of 6ft 3in, Jennings is not only one of the tallest volleyball players in the world but also one of the best. She has worked incredibly hard for decades and her main goal is to bring more recognition to beach volleyball. These days, Jennings is training for the 2020 Olympics where she is sure she will bring home the gold.