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

Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
16 February 1973, Australian
Sprinter

Milkha SinghMilkha Singh
20 November 1929, Indian
Indian track and field athlete
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924, American
Actor

Mo FarahMo Farah
23 March 1983, British
Athlete

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 
Frederik, Crown Prince of DenmarkFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
26 May 1968, Danish
Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II

Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 
Steve PrefontaineSteve Prefontaine
25 January 1951, American
Long-distance Runner

Jay SilverheelsJay Silverheels
26 May 1912, Canadian
Actor

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

Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin
10 February 1982, American
Sprinter

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
18 November 1985, American
Track and field athlete
Jim KellyJim Kelly
05 May 1946, American
Athlete

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Magnús SchevingMagnús Scheving
10 November 1964, Icelander
Writer

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete
Roger BannisterRoger Bannister
23 March 1929, British
Former British Athlete Who Ran The First

Linford Cicero Christie Linford Christie
02 April 1960, British
Retired Sprinter
Hicham El GuerroujHicham El Guerrouj
14 September 1974, Moroccan
Athlete

Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka
04 December 1963, Ukrainian
Pole Vaulter

Daley ThompsonDaley Thompson
30 July 1958, British
Decathlete
Breaux GreerBreaux Greer
19 October 1976, American
Olympic Athlete

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
07 August 1932, Ethiopian
Olympic marathon champion
Dot JonesDot Jones
04 January 1964, American
Actress

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984, New Zealander
Shot Putter

Steve CramSteve Cram
14 October 1960, British
Athlete
Ashton EatonAshton Eaton
21 January 1988, American
Decathlete

Continue Reading Below
Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
03 March 1961, British
Javelin Thrower
Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963, Finnish
Olympic athlete

Allan WellsAllan Wells
03 May 1952, British
Sprinter

Gail DeversGail Devers
19 November 1966, American
Athlete

Liz McColganLiz McColgan
24 May 1964, British, Scottish
Athlete
Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
25 March 1965, Bulgarian
Olympic athlete
Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
20 April 1938, Australian
Athlete

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
30 December 1961, Canadian
Sprinter

Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
05 April 1980, Honduran
Journalist

Anna ChicherovaAnna Chicherova
22 July 1982, Armenian
Olympic athlete
Irving Saladino Irving Saladino
23 January 1983, Panamanian
Long Jumper

Keshorn WalcottKeshorn Walcott
02 April 1993, Trinidadian
Olympic athlete

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
12 November 1961, Romanian
Olympic Champion Gymnast

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete

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

Emil ZatopekEmil Zatopek
19 September 1922, Czech
Long Distance Runner
Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
07 January 1991, South African
Olympic Athlete

Wim HofWim Hof
20 April 1959, Dutch
Athlete

Eddie HallEddie Hall
15 January 1988, British
Athlete
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter

Daniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
26 April 1994, Russian
Racecar driver
Jimmy WhiteJimmy White
02 May 1962, British
Snooker player, Pool player, Screenwriter

Allison StokkeAllison Stokke
22 March 1989, American
Athlete

Aleksandr KarelinAleksandr Karelin
19 September 1967, Russian
Politician, Amateur wrestler

Antonio RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
03 March 1993, German
Footballer

Paul DePodestaPaul DePodesta
16 December 1972, American
Chief strategy officer
Matthew PinsentMatthew Pinsent
10 October 1970, British
Rower

Callum RobinsonCallum Robinson
02 February 1995, British
Association football player

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
23 March 1989, Indian
Actor

Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter
Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
12 May 1983, Uzbekistan, Russian
Politician, Model, Artistic gymnast, Rhythmic

Aimee MullinsAimee Mullins
20 July 1976, American
Athlete
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
27 December 1981, Canadian
Ice hockey player

Cameron WinklevossCameron Winklevoss
21 August 1981, American
Entrepreneur, Rower

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
05 August 1982, American
Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor
Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
26 October 1982, British
Boxer

Clarence ClemonsClarence Clemons
11 January 1942, American
Musicians
Ding JunhuiDing Junhui
01 April 1987
Snooker player

Dave MirraDave Mirra
04 April 1974, American
Extreme sports athlete

Efren ReyesEfren Reyes
26 August 1954, Filipino
Pool player
Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
30 September 1981, American
Artistic gymnast

Jamie BennJamie Benn
18 July 1989, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
24 January 1968, American
Artistic gymnast

Mike TindallMike Tindall
18 October 1978, British
Rugby union player

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

Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
05 January 1947, American
Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction
Greg LouganisGreg Louganis
29 January 1960, American
Diver
Matt MiazgaMatt Miazga
19 July 1995, American
Association football player

Tommie SmithTommie Smith
06 June 1944, American
Sprinter, American football player

Carl FramptonCarl Frampton
21 February 1987, British
Boxer

Peter NormanPeter Norman
15 June 1942, Australian
Athletics competitor, Sprinter
Nicolas HamiltonNicolas Hamilton
28 March 1992, British
Racecar driver

Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
15 July 1985, Turkish
Football

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

Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren
21 June 1951, American
Musician

Esteban GutiérrezEsteban Gutiérrez
05 August 1991, Mexican
Formula One driver
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
17 February 1989, British
Swimmer

Max DomiMax Domi
02 March 1995, Canadian
Ice hockey player
Alexander RossiAlexander Rossi
25 September 1991, American
Racecar driver

Kenenisa BekeleKenenisa Bekele
13 June 1982, Ethiopian
Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Rulon GardnerRulon Gardner
16 August 1971, American
Amateur wrestler, Mixed martial artist
Sadako SasakiSadako Sasaki
07 January 1943, Japanese