On Thursday, TIME Magazine released their annual list of the top 100 most influential people in the world. The list ranges from politics to science, humanitarian efforts to the arts.

Among the top 100 are three members of the sports world: United States women's soccer star Abby Wambach, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and professional surfer Gabriel Medina.

Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and was named the 2012 FIFA Women's Player of the Year. She is one of the most accomplished female athletes in American soccer history and is also highly involved in the awareness efforts of the LGBT community. Her TIME 100 excerpt was written by fellow soccer icon Mia Hamm:

Abby Wambach has always been fearless. Even as a rookie on the U.S. women’s national team, she would score goals that made me say, “Gosh, if she doesn’t win the ball, she’s probably going to get crushed.” She never blinked. If it is what her team needed, it is what she was going to do. How can you not cheer for that?

Adam Silver has been the NBA Commissioner for less than two years, but has cemented himself as the next great basketball visionary. The leadership he showed in the wake of the Donald Sterling controversy showed the players, owners, and NBA fans that the organization was in the right hands. His TIME 100 excerpt was written by NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

While it’s true that Adam has his eyes on the financial prize, it’s even more important that the NBA proves itself worthy of all the money, not just through offering the highest level of athleticism on the court but also by providing the highest level of professionalism off of it. For Adam, just as important as giving the fans great games is giving them great role models. Achieving that goal would be his greatest legacy.

The third entrant from the sports world is Brazilian surfer and budding action sports icon Gabriel Medina. The 21-year-old is quickly becoming the face of the sport, taking over the mantel left by greats Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton. TIME senior writer Sean Gregory provided Medina's excerpt:

South America’s leading economic power has long used athletics to broadcast

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its ambition. After hosting the 2014 World Cup, Rio will stage the 2016 Summer Olympics. And now a nation used to its soccer players’ being among the world’s best has a new phenom to cheer. By shaking up a sport typically dominated by Americans and Australians, Medina has become an icon in Brazil and is inspiring a new generation to make some waves.

Last year's list featured four members of the sports world: women's tennis icon Serena Williams, openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and female golfer Lydia Ko.