Athletes

Athletes are the persons involved in the sport of athletics. Athletics include track and field events such as running, throwing, walking and jumping, the most common events being long distance running, cross-country running, and race walking. Athletics are very popular due to the fact that that such competitive events are simple to be organized and do not require expensive equipment. Mostly athletic events are individual sports though there are exceptions like relay races and cross-country races. Athletics have their origins in the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in 776 BC in Greece. Athletes have to maintain a very strict and healthy lifestyle which includes paying significant attention to their diets and exercise routines. They have to undergo a stringent training and practice routine in their chosen sports in order to compete professionally. Being a professional athlete is physically taxing and mentally exhausting. Since athletes are in their top form for only a few years, they are able to actively participate in competitive sports only for a limited period of time.  Also they face the risk of injuries that might limit or even end their career. Some athletes may become coaches and instructors after their retirement from active sports. Browse this section to know about the life and works of various famous athletes from all over the world.

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 1 Usain Bolt

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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

 2 Oscar Pistorius

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Famous As: Runner
Birthdate: November 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African

From being an infant whose both legs were amputated below knee, Oscar Pistorius went on to become a top athlete with wins in Paralympic Games and other sporting events. The South African sprinter also became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics Games. However, later, he was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and is currently imprisoned.

 3 Jesse Owens

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Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

 4 Jim Thorpe

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 1953

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

 5 Antonina Krivoshapka

Antonina Krivoshapka
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Russian

 6 Mo Farah

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Long-distance runner Mo Farah shot to fame with his 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter wins at the 2012 London Olympics. The first athlete to score a quadruple double, Farah has won 10 major international titles. He became the European Athlete of the Year thrice and has also received the CBE.
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 7 Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya
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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South African
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 8 Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci
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Famous As: Olympic Champion Gymnast
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Romanian

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

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 9 Eddie Hall

Eddie Hall
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 10 Allison Stokke

Allison Stokke
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 11 Florence Griffith-Joyner

Florence Griffith-Joyner
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Famous As: American track and field athlete
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 21, 1998

 12 Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 21, 1998
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 13 Wim Hof

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 14 Milkha Singh

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Famous As: Indian track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

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 15 Justin Gatlin

Justin Gatlin
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 16 Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 2016
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 17 Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 18 Paul DePodesta

Paul DePodesta
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Famous As: Chief strategy officer
Birthdate: December 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 19 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 20 Ellen Whitaker

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Famous As: Show jumper
Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 21 Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kenyan

 22 Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 23 Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones
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Famous As: Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 25 Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: September 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 26 P. T. Usha

P. T. Usha
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
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 27 Mary Lou Retton

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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 28 Marion Jones

Marion Jones
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Famous As: Basketball player, Sprinter
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Belizean, American

 29 Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson
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Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 30 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
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Famous As: Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Birthdate: May 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark is the first in order of succession to the Danish throne. Frederik has various interests that range from climate change to sports. He often encourages the people of Denmark to stay active and healthy. He has also established the Crown Prince Frederik's Foundation, which aims to provide financial support to students and encourage scientific expeditions.

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 31 Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine
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Famous As: Long-distance Runner
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 30, 1975

 32 Kerri Walsh Jennings

Kerri Walsh Jennings
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Famous As: Beach Volleyball player
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 33 Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis
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Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 34 Alex Scott

Alex Scott
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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 35 Carl Frampton

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 36 Athina Onassis Roussel

Athina Onassis Roussel
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Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 37 Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix
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Famous As: Track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 38 Chavo Guerrero, Jr.

Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 39 Cameron Winklevoss

Cameron Winklevoss
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Rower
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 40 Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton
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Famous As: Decathlete
Birthdate: January 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill
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Famous As: Track & Field Athlete
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 42 Thakur Anoop Singh

Thakur Anoop Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 43 Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay
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Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 44 Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 45 Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 46 Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2011

 47 Big E Langston

Big E Langston
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Birthdate: March 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 48 Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 49 Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 50 Dominique Moceanu

Dominique Moceanu
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: September 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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