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Broader SportsPlay
Athlete' includes participants in a wide range of physical activities, not just traditional sports. SlideChess players are not typically considered athletes.
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Team or SoloPlay
'Athlete' can refer to both team players and individuals who compete alone. SlideTennis athletes are admired for their solo play.
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Professional ContextPlay
In professional contexts, 'athlete' implies rigorous training and competition. SlideShe signed a contract as a professional athlete.