There's nothing unusual or mean-spirited about the fact that most star athletes are best known for what they accomplish in their respective sports versus other areas of their life.
It's no different than when Ted from accounting is usually referred to in the office as "Ted from Accounting."
When the vast majority of our time and attention involves one thing—or at least the one that that matters to everyone else—there's little reason anyone but your friends and family would dig deep into your love of horticulture.
It's no different for the athletes we cheer for or root against—on occasion we may have our curiosity piqued by a certain athlete and journey down the Wikipedia rabbit hole to learn more about their life outside work, but the most relevant news is almost always focused on their stats, contract or other sports-related matter.
And when the subject does turn to their personal life, more often than not the story is much less about their secret talents than it is about their court docket.
But there are plenty examples of athletes who manage to focus on their career while taking on other interests that reveal that their talent doesn't begin and end on the field, on the track, on the ice or wherever they earn a paycheck.
These are the secret talents of athletes.