Caitlin Clark has become one of the most popular athletes in the United States, even surpassing Patrick Mahomes in terms of popularity with sports fans.

The 22-year-old, a rookie sensation for the Indiana Fever, was the No.1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft after breaking the all-time points scoring record in the NCAA with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Caitlin Clark in hilarious moment with her unexpected response to a reporter

But her rise from college athlete to WNBA mainstay is now secure, with fans following her all over America as she begins her career with the Fever.

According to ESPN’s data, Clark ranks as the fourth “most-favorited active athlete,” which puts her even ahead of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Mahomes. That is despite the fact Mahomes, 28, is a three-time Super Bowl champion and arguably the most high-profile QB in the NFL.

Clark has only been trumped by U.S sport stars such as NBA icon LeBron James, golfer and 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods, and another NBA hero, Steph Curry.

Her popularity at such a young age is remarkable, especially considering her recent transition from a college star at Iowa to a professional player in the WNBA. Clark’s impact has been profound, driving significant TV ratings and selling out arenas.

Her influence is reshaping the league, making the Fever’s games must-watch events, with other stars such as Angel Reese, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart propping up the league too.

Caitlin Clark’s influence in U.S sport

Beyond her basketball achievements, Clark’s influence extends into various aspects of sporting culture. She has been seen energizing crowds at NBA playoff games, engaging with fans, and even making appearances on prominent television shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’, embracing her new status as an A-list celebrity.

Her appeal is not just limited to her on-court prowess but also her charismatic personality and relatability, which have endeared her to fans across the country.

Of course, there are critics of how Clark’s rise has been prioritized over other black players who are regarded as being on a similar level of talent, but are overlooked due to their race.

But few can argue with her achievements in her youthful career so far, and she is well on the road to become the U.S’s most marketable athlete in the future.

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