It takes an incredible amount of practice, talent, and discipline to compete in any sport at a national and international level. It takes a great deal more to not just compete in a sport, but to dominate and master a sport so perfectly as to be called 'The Great One.' Canadian hockey star Wayne Gretzky is an example of sports mastery so incredible that it's likely to never be replicated in history.
Born in Ontario, Canada, on January 26th, 1961, Wayne Gretzky showed an immediate interest in hockey as a young child. With Polish and Belarusian parents (although in his childhood, Belarus remained part of the Soviet Union), Gretzky has remarked on his ethnic background as being an important part of his 'feeling different' from other children in his neighborhood.