ath·lete /ˈæθˌlit, &dɪvɪdɛ;ˈæθəˌlit/
1. Antiq. One who contended for a prize in the public games of ancient Greece or Rome.
2. Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion.
3. One fitted for, or skilled in, intellectual contests; as, athletes of debate.
n : a person trained to compete in sports [syn: jock]