The year 2022 was a spectacular year for sports. Numerous records were broken, championships were won, and dreams were realized. Here’s a look at some of the most significant accomplishments of the year 2022.
After 18 successful seasons, Ben Roethlisberger made his final pass and announced his retirement, citing his desire to devote more time to his family.
Rafael Nadal won his 21st title in Australia before winning his 22nd in Paris five months later.
Novak Djokovic could not compete in the Australian Open due to being unvaccinated for Covid-19. However, he is now set to return in 2023 following the lifting of restrictions.
Antonio Brown’s meltdown was a major talking point. He refused to enter the game due to an ankle injury, prompting coach Bruce Arians to threaten to kick him off the team. Brown then took off his pads and shirt in a show of defiance, running around the field.
After an illustrious career in the NFL, Tom Brady announced his retirement to focus on his family life as a husband and father.
Nathan Chen set an Olympic record in the 2022 Winter Olympics for figure skating scoring 113.97 points for his short program. In addition, he performed five quad jumps in his long program to win the gold medal.
Erin Jackson made a triumphant return to the U.S. speedskating scene, winning the 500-meter gold medal and becoming the first Black woman to win individual winter gold in the process.
The LA Rams pulled off a miraculous victory against the Bengals, with quarterback Matthew Stafford. He threw a touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with just one minute and 25 seconds left on the clock.
Brittney Griner was arrested on drug smuggling charges while traveling to play in the Russian basketball league, having packed cannabis in her luggage.
Manchester United’s CR7 scored his 806th goal, surpassing Josef Bican as FIFA’s all-time leading scorer. Messi is currently 37 goals behind.
Tom Brady, however, has recently decided to unretire, seemingly driven by his own ego. Unfortunately, this decision has had a negative impact on his marriage, leading to divorce and subpar performance. Tampa Bay’s record is 6-8, far from the typical stats of the legendary TB12.
Tiger Woods went 1-under in the first round. This was his first official play since his car crash last November. Woods finished 13-over, placing him 47th.
Making history, Alyssa Nakken became Major League Baseball’s first female on-field coach when she stepped in for an ejected first-base coach for the San Francisco Giants. In addition, she made history again as the first woman to coach full-time.
Rich Strike, the longest shot in the Kentucky Derby with 80-1 odds, shocked the world. He was in 16th place on the final turn. But the jockey, Sonny Leone, created some kind of magic for the horse to surge through the pack crossing the finish line as the winner. It was the second-biggest underdog in the race’s history.
After years of struggle, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) has finally reached a historic equal pay deal with its federation, ending the long-standing battle for fair compensation.
Arch Manning, the highly touted high school quarterback prospect, committed to the University of Texas.
Katie Ledecky made history at the FINA World Championships, becoming the first swimmer to win five consecutive world titles in the 800-meter freestyle. Her victory marked an incredible 42nd consecutive win in the event.
A new golf tour LIV Tour, known as 54 in roman numerals, is the latest competition for the PGA. Many PGA top players defected to play in LIV. For instance, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooks Koepka. LIV golf rules are different. There are 12 teams, and each team has four players.
President Joe Biden honored two of America’s brightest stars with Medals of Freedom, praising Simone Biles for being a survivor of abuse and Megan Rapinoe’s fight for equal rights.
Ons Jabeur is the first Arab player to reach a Grand Slam final in tennis.
Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina defeated Jabeur, becoming the youngest women’s Wimbolton champion since 2011.
Novak Djokovic won his four consecutive Wimbledon title. He is now just one away from Roger Federer.
Sydney McLaughlin made a name for herself by breaking her own world record twice to win gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 51.46, lowering her world record by .44 seconds.
Serena Williams retires.
Rodger Federer retries
Carlos Alcaraz of Spain become the youngest ATP player to be No. 1 in the world. The 19-year-old rolled Casper Ruud in four sets to win the U.S. Open.
Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa experiences a second serious head injury four days after his first. It caused public outrage and prompted the NFL to add ataxia and pre-concussion protocols to its concussion list.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a rough start to the season. They had a 21-29 record when entering the month of June. However, the Phillies improved during their season to find themselves playing for the pennant. Bryce Harper hit an eighth inning homerun to clinch the win 4-3 over the Padres. Putting them into the World Series.
Houston Astros sweep the New York Yankees for the pennant.
The Houston Astros won the World Series. It was the first championship for manager Dusty Baker. The Astros defeated the Phillies in six games to win the World Series.
In a stunning upset, Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 2-1 in their opening World Cup game, though they were unable to advance past the group stage.
Japan also pulled off a surprise victory over Germany and Spain, sending Germany home early.
Christian Pulisic scores a crucial goal as the United States beat Iran 1-0 to advance to the next round of 16.
Referee Stephanie Frappart of France, assisted by Karen Diaz from Mexico, and Neuza Back from Brazil, became the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup game.
In soccer, Mexico has never missed the knockout phase before. However, the Qatar 2022 World Cup was the first time since 1978, resulting in the firing of coach Gerardo Tata Martino.
The Philadelphia Eagles team remained undefeated for eight straight weeks, with a final record of 13-1.
The New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, signs a record-breaking $360 million contract to remain in the Bronx for the next nine years.
Brittney Griner returns home.
Franco Harris dies a few days before the anniversary of his famous catch, the Immaculate Reception.
Overall, 2022 was a great year for sports. Athletes worldwide achieved numerous milestones, and in many ways, it was a defining year.