Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920, shortly after Marshal Jozef Pilsudski defeated the Soviet Red Army to gain Polish independence. Like most young boys, Karol enjoyed an active childhood, playing soccer and swimming often, although he was most known for his remarkable intelligence and respect at a very young age. When he was eight years old, his mother, Emilia, died of an infection of the heart, and shortly afterward, his only brother, a physician, contracted scarlet fever from a patient and passed away. When learning of the deaths of his mother and brother, witnesses recalled young Karol’s response to the news to be a simple remark: “Such was God’s will.” By the time he was 21, Hitler had already occupied his homeland, ending Poland’s only period of independence between 1772 and 1989. Shortly after the Nazi invasion, Karol’s father, Karol Senior, also passed away after a prolonged illness, leaving 20 year old Karol without family.
His father died of a heart attack in 1941. Karol was very athletic as a child. He normally played with the children there, whom had a large pool of Jewish and Catholics. Karol was a Christian, but that did not stop him from making friends with the Jewish children. In fact, he would usually play for the Jewish team when they had religiously divided football games.
Wojtyla was twelve years old. Wojtyla was like any other boy in his early life. He greatly enjoyed skiing and swimming, but he particularly loved playing soccer, especially as goalie. Ironically, though Catholic, Wojtyla grew up in a large Jewish community. Yet, he showed no favoritism to Catholics on the playing field and often was seen sporting with the Jewish team.
Then in 1964 he became the archbishop of Krakow which was one of the oldest cities in his homeland Poland. After Pope John Paul I’s short rule of the church Karol Wojtyla was selected as pope in 1978. He was the firs... ... middle of paper ... ...rldwide exposure. Pope John Paul II left a long lasting impact on the world. He played a key role in freeing Eastern Europe from communism, strengthened the Catholic Church by reaching out to youths, and making the pope a celebrity figure.
Many said Pelé would have been the best in any position he played. Pelé once insisted to the manager of Santos that he play goalkeeper. On January 19, 1964, he substituted Santos goalkeepr Gilmar, who had been ejected, in the semi-final game of the Brasil Cup. For five minutes, after scoring three goals, Pelé played with the number one jersey and made two spectacular saves that saved Santos the spot in the finals.
Michael says that he feels like his coach is like his older brother, but the two also know how to get each other going. “But just for example, if I really want a reaction out of him, I’ll just say, “Well, it’s obvious you don’t really wanna do this. Why don’t you just get out of here?” He’ll absolutely pitc... ... middle of paper ... ...istory (Smabl 10). Michael Phelps has had an amazing career in the sport of swimming and the stats can prove it. Phelps, at the age of 15, made it on an Olympic team, being the youngest male to have done that since 1932 (Busnak 32).
The men of Coos Bay were typically described as tough, a trait that Steve Prefontaine, would attain and apply to his running career. (Jordan,1997) When Pre was young he was often described as 'hyperactive'. (Jordan,1997)hyperactive meaning that he had a ginormous amount of energ.Although with his great energy, Pre didn't start running until he was a freshman in high school. (Daring, 2014) In 1965 at Marshfield High, Steve Prefontaine ended the school year as second best in his team. (prefontainerun,1998)When the summer came Pre trained diligently for the next season of cross country, he ran early in the morning, and sometimes more than twice a day.
Pope Benedict XVI’s birth name was Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. He was born on April 16th, 1927. His homeland is Bavaria, Germany and he was born in his parents’ home at 8:30 in the morning. Benedict served as pope from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. He was elected pope following the death of Pope John Paul II.
First off, he left the vatican, John Paul II was the first pope to ever leave the golden castle of the Holy See and venture into parts of the world that no pope had visited before. He did countless trips to the Americas, Asia, and Africa, 1.2 million people showed up to his public address in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. John Paul II was also the first to become a pop culture icon. The pope held concerts in the vatican to hosts the likes of Bob Dylan, B.B King, and Ricky Martin. He also frequently met with lead singer of U2 Bono to discuss on ways to end debt in third world countries, Bono has been quoted as Calling John Paul II “ The First Funky Pontiff”.
They all lived above the police station, where Gustav worked. Arnold had a one year older brother, Meinhard, who died in a car accident when he was in his twenties. They were both raised in a very strict catholic home. One day after seeing the Olympic swimchampion Johnny Weissmüller in Graz, Arnold was so inspired by Johnny's physique that he decided he wanted to become a champion athlete and started training. In the early years Arnold and his brother practiced a lot of different sports such as skating, skiing, hiking, swimming and table-tennis.