Our favorite, superstar athletes all used to be tiny, little kids at one point in their lives. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact factors that jump-started them on their road to super-stardom. Logic points at all sorts of factors that pushes them higher and further. Whether it was being poor, or from broken homes, or fantastic coaching, or supportive parents, one thing seems obvious: there was no stopping them.
Here are 17 of the greatest athletes before they rose to stardom and sketched their names into sports history.