Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Athletes, including Ross Rebagliati, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, Debi Thomas and Jesse Owens.
Usain BoltUsain Bolt
21 August 1986, Jamaican
Olympic athlete
Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius
22 November 1986, South African
Runner

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 

Jim ThorpeJim Thorpe
28 May 1888, American
Athlete

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924, American
Actor

Milkha SinghMilkha Singh
20 November 1929, Indian
Indian track and field athlete
Mo FarahMo Farah
23 March 1983, British
Athlete

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 

Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 
Frederik, Crown Prince of DenmarkFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
26 May 1968, Danish
Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II

Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946, American
Athlete
Steve PrefontaineSteve Prefontaine
25 January 1951, American
Long-distance Runner

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
03 March 1961, British
Javelin Thrower

Jay SilverheelsJay Silverheels
26 May 1912, Canadian
Actor

Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982, American
Sprinter

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First
Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985, American
Track and field athlete

Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe
29 September 1956, British
Middle Distance Runner, Politician

Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
16 February 1973, Australian
Sprinter
Hicham El GuerroujHicham El Guerrouj
14 September 1974, Moroccan
Athlete

Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976, American
Olympic Athlete
Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete

Magnús SchevingMagnús Scheving
10 November 1964, Icelander
Writer

Linford Cicero Christie Linford Christie
02 April 1960, British
Retired Sprinter
Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson
30 July 1958, British
Decathlete

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932, Ethiopian
Olympic marathon champion
Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988, American
Decathlete

Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka
04 December 1963, Ukrainian
Pole Vaulter

Steve CramSteve Cram
14 October 1960, British
Athlete
Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963, Finnish
Olympic athlete

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Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984, New Zealander
Shot Putter
Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964, American
Actress

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966, American
Athlete

Allan WellsAllan Wells
03 May 1952, British
Sprinter

Liz McColganLiz McColgan
24 May 1964, British, Scottish
Athlete
Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965, Bulgarian
Olympic athlete
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
30 December 1961, Canadian
Sprinter

Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
20 April 1938, Australian
Athlete

Keshorn WalcottKeshorn Walcott
02 April 1993, Trinidadian
Olympic athlete

Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
05 April 1980, Honduran
Journalist
Anna ChicherovaAnna Chicherova
22 July 1982, Armenian
Olympic athlete

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
12 November 1961, Romanian
Olympic Champion Gymnast

Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
23 January 1983, Panamanian
Long Jumper

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976, Iranian
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist
Maurice GreenMaurice Greene
23 July 1974, American
Track & Field Sprinter

Emil ZatopekEmil Zatopek
19 September 1922, Czech
Long Distance Runner
Eddie HallEddie Hall
15 January 1988, British
Athlete

Wim HofWim Hof
20 April 1959, Dutch
Athlete

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
23 March 1989, Indian
Actor
Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981, American
Entrepreneur, Rower

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter
Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972, American
Chief strategy officer

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
22 March 1989, American
Athlete

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter

Peter NormanPeter Norman
15 June 1942, Australian
Athletics competitor, Sprinter

Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
20 July 1976, American
Athlete
Sagarika GhatgeSagarika Ghatge
08 January 1986, Indian
Model

Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981, American
Artistic gymnast

Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974, American
Extreme sports athlete

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
07 January 1991, South African
Olympic Athlete
Tommie SmithTommie Smith
06 June 1944, American
Sprinter, American football player

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942, American
Musicians
Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
05 March 1986, British
Show jumper

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968, American
Artistic gymnast
Shavarsh KarapetyanShavarsh Karapetyan
19 May 1953, Armenian
swimmer

Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Platform diver, Autobiographer, Diver, Coach
Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
19 September 1967, Russian
Politician, Amateur wrestler

Mike TindallMike Tindall
18 October 1978, British
Rugby union player

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
01 July 1977, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
02 May 1962, British
Snooker player, Pool player, Screenwriter

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
17 February 1989, British
Swimmer
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
12 May 1983, Uzbekistan, Russian
Politician, Model, Artistic gymnast, Rhythmic

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
26 April 1994, Russian
Racecar driver

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954, Filipino
Pool player

Cael SandersonCael Sanderson
20 June 1979, American
Amateur wrestler, Coach
Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
26 December 1989, French, Jamaican
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
John CarlosJohn Carlos
05 June 1945, American
Sprinter, Athletics competitor, Association

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
27 December 1986, Jamaican
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
13 June 1982, Ethiopian
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor

Delilah DiCrescenzoDelilah DiCrescenzo
07 February 1983, American
Athletics competitor
Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
21 June 1951, American
Musician

Aliya MustafinaAliya Mustafina
30 September 1994, Russian
Artistic gymnast

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
27 June 1964, Indian
Athletics competitor

Casey StonerCasey Stoner
16 October 1985, Australian
Motorcycle racer, Racing driver

Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
09 January 1993, British
Athletics competitor
Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
26 October 1982, British
Boxer

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
17 December 1973, British
Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics
Dean KarnazesDean Karnazes
23 August 1962, American
Ultramarathon runner

Tyson GayTyson Gay
09 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Kelly HolmesKelly Holmes
19 April 1970, British
Middle-distance runner
Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
16 August 1971, American
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist