American Female Athletes

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Florence Griffith Joyner
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Gold Medal in 100 m and 200 m in 1988 Olympics)
Florence Griffith Joyner
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Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

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Allyson Felix
(Retired American Track and Field Athlete Who Competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters)
Allyson Felix
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Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The most-decorated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix, once bullied for having skinny legs, now has a record 9 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she is also part of the board of Right to Play, which caters to children in underdeveloped countries.

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Allison Stokke
(American Pole Vaulter and Fitness Model)
Allison Stokke
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Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States

Allison Stokke became an internet sensation after a few of her images went viral when she was 17. The talented high-school pole vaulter earned the 2011 All-American honors. She later gained more fame as a fitness model and a sex symbol than as a sportsperson. She also failed her Olympic trials.

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Wilma Rudolph
(Sprinter and First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals at the Single Olympics)
Wilma Rudolph
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Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(One of the Greatest Female Athletes of All-Time)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

The first to score over 7,000 points in the heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by many as one of the greatest female athletes ever. While in school, she excelled in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track, and also did well in studies. She later won three Olympic golds medals.

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Lolo Jones
(American Hurdler and Bobsledder Who Specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter Hurdles)
Lolo Jones
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Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

While she believes missing out on the gold medal at the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was her most painful experience, American hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones is still quite a star. She has penned a memoir and has also appeared on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings
(Beach Volleyball player)
Kerri Walsh Jennings
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Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

American beach-volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings was born to a baseball player father and a volleyball player mother, and was naturally drawn toward sports. She later attended Stanford on a sports scholarship and won three gold medals at the Olympics. She is married to fellow beach-volleyball player Casey Jennings

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Aimee Mullins
(First Amputee to Compete Against Able-bodied Athletes in NCAA Events)
Aimee Mullins
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Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Born without fibular bones, Aimee Mullins had to have her legs amputated below the knee as an infant. Undeterred, she grew up to be a Paralympic record-breaker, competing as a track and field athlete with prosthetic legs. She has walked the ramp for Alexander McQueen and has starred in films, too.

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Dominique Dawes
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dominique Dawes
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Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Known as Awesome Dawesome, Dominique Dawes is a retired star gymnast from the U.S. who was part of the gold-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics. She also became the first African-American to earn an individual Olympic medal, with her bronze. She is also part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Simone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)
Simone Manuel
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Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Simone Manuel is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming, She achieved this feat at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She started swimming at the age of four and swam across the pool on her second day of swim lessons.At the 2016 Olympics, she won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley.

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Georgina Bloomberg
(Equestrian)
Georgina Bloomberg
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Birthdate: January 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

Born to former New York City mayor and media magnate Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg was no stranger to the glitz of an affluent lifestyle. An elite equestrian, she now owns the New York Empire team. She has also co-authored a few novels and is an animal rights activist and a philanthropist.

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
(Only Track & Field Athlete to Win Individual Olympic Medals in Separate Running, Throwing and Jumping Events)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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Birthdate: June 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: September 27, 1956

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who specialized in golf, track and field, basketball, and baseball. Considered one of the greatest female athletes ever, Didrikson won two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the Summer Olympics in 1932. She then went on to win 10 LPGA major championships, becoming USA's first female golf celebrity.

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Kathrine Switzer
(Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction writer)
Kathrine Switzer
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Birthdate: January 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amberg

Kathrine Switzer was a 20-year-old Syracuse University student when she registered for the Boston Marathon in 1967. Though women were practically barred from competing, she competed as KV Switzer, avoiding mentioning her gender. Attacked at the event, she made history and became a champion for women’s rights.

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Dot Jones
(Actress and Retired Athlete Known for Her TV Series ‘Glee’)
Dot Jones
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Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turlock, California, United States

Best known for her roles in Lizzie McGuire and Material Girls, arm-wrestler-cum-actress Dot-Marie Jones never aspired to become an actress. Instead she competed in shot put and power lifting, eventually becoming 15-time world arm wrestling champion. Discovered at a body-building tournament by Shirley Eson, she debuted on screen with Knights and Warriors, thereafter appearing in numerous films and television productions

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Delilah DiCrescenzo
(Distance runner)
Delilah DiCrescenzo
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Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Delilah DiCrescenzo is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Americas Cross Country Championships in 2009. Delilah DiCrescenzo is the subject of a hit song titled Hey There Delilah by the popular American rock band Plain White T's.

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Suzy Favor Hamilton
(Athletics competitor, Call girl)
Suzy Favor Hamilton
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Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stevens Point

Suzy Favor Hamilton is a former middle-distance runner who participated in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics, representing the USA. Favor broke many hearts when she turned to prostitution which in turn ended her career as an athlete. She claimed mental illness as the reason for her downfall and is currently serving as a speaker at mental health conferences.

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Marion Jones
(American Former World Champion Track and Field Athlete and Former Professional Basketball Player)
Marion Jones
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Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Marion Jones became the first female athlete to win five track and field medals in a single Olympic game. She was, however, stripped of all her Olympic medals after she admitted to using steroids. She also spent 6 months in jail for being involved in a check-fraud case.

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Mary Decker
(Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Mary Decker
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Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flemington
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Gail Devers
(Athlete)
Gail Devers
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Birthdate: November 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
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Debi Thomas
(Figure skater)
Debi Thomas
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Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie

Former figure skater Debi Thomas is also an Olympic bronze medalist. She began skating at 5 and participated in her first figure-skating contest at 9. A Stanford engineer and a qualified orthopedic surgeon, too, Thomas surprisingly ended up being broke and began living in a trailer in the Appalachian mountains.

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Lee Kiefer
(Olympian)
Lee Kiefer
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Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Stanislawa Walasiewicz
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Birthdate: April 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wierzchownia, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland
Died: December 4, 1980
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Sanya Richards-Ross
(Track and field athlete)
Sanya Richards-Ross
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Birthdate: February 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
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Athing Mu
(Winning a gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics)
Athing Mu
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Birthdate: June 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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Betty Robinson
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Birthdate: August 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverdale, Illinois, United States
Died: May 18, 1999
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Dana Linn Bailey
(Bodybuilder)
Dana Linn Bailey
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Birthdate: May 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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Ibtihaj Muhammad
(American Sabre Fencer Known for Being the First Muslim American Woman to Wear a Headscarf in the Olympics)
Ibtihaj Muhammad
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Birthdate: December 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maplewood, New Jersey, United States

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer. An important member of the US fencing team, Muhammad is the first Muslim woman to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics for the United States. In 2016, she became the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal while wearing a hijab; she won a bronze medal for her team.

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Evelyn Ashford
(American olympic athlete)
Evelyn Ashford
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Birthdate: April 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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Jeremy Jones
(Snowboarder and businessman who is the founder of Jones Snowboards)
Jeremy Jones
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Birthdate: January 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
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Tatyana McFadden
(Paralympic athlete)
Tatyana McFadden
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Birthdate: April 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Sonya Thomas
(Competitive eater)
Sonya Thomas
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Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gunsan-si, South Korea
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Carmelita Jeter
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)
Carmelita Jeter
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Birthdate: November 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Jenna Prandini
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Birthdate: November 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
 34 
Helene Mayer
(Fencer)
Helene Mayer
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Birthdate: December 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Offenbach am Main, Germany
Died: October 15, 1953
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Joan Benoit
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner)
Joan Benoit
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Birthdate: May 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States
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Tiffany Porter
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Birthdate: November 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
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Alice Coachman
(American olympic athlete)
Alice Coachman
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Birthdate: November 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: July 14, 2014
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Mariel Zagunis
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Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Helen Stephens
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Birthdate: February 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fulton, Missouri,United States
Died: January 17, 1994
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Wyomia Tyus
(Olympic Athlete)
Wyomia Tyus
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Birthdate: August 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
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Lauryn Williams
(Sprinter and Bobsledder)
Lauryn Williams
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States
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Phoebe Mills
(Attorney, Athlete)
Phoebe Mills
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Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northfield, Illinois, United States

With a speed skater Olympian brother and a figure skater sister, Phoebe Mills stated out as a speed skater but later switched to gymnastics and ended up winning a bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She is also a talented diver and snowboarder and is now a lawyer, too.

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Monica Aksamit
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Birthdate: February 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Kelli White
(American Former Sprinter)
Kelli White
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Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
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Crystal Cox
(American Track and Field Athlete)
Crystal Cox
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Birthdate: March 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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Vonetta Flowers
(First black athlete from any country to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympics)
Vonetta Flowers
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Birthdate: October 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Aliphine Tuliamuk
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner)
Aliphine Tuliamuk
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Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Pokot County, Kenya
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Olga Fikotová
(Basketball player, Athletics competitor)
Olga Fikotová
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Birthdate: November 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prague
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LaVonne Idlette
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Birthdate: October 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Nzingha Prescod
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Birthdate: August 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States