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.

 1 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.

 2 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).

 3 Paul DePodesta

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

 4 Caster Semenya

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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South African

 5 Jesse Owens

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

 6 Wim Hof

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

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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 8 Jim Thorpe

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

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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 10 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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 11 Milkha Singh

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

 12 Eddie Hall

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: January 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
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 13 Allison Stokke

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 14 Dennis Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006
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 15 Mo Farah

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 16 Jimmy White

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Famous As: Snooker player, Pool player, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 17 Antonio Rüdiger

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

 18 Daniil Kvyat

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
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 19 Alina Kabaeva

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Famous As: Politician, Model, Artistic gymnast, Rhythmic gymnast
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Uzbekistan, Russian

 20 Callum Robinson

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 21 Carl Lewis

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

 22 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
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 23 Cameron Winklevoss

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

 24 Patrick Sharp

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
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 25 Clarence Clemons

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

 26 Wilma Rudolph

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Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 12, 1994
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 27 Aimee Mullins

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 28 Jim Kelly

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 29, 2013
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 29 Carl Frampton

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

 30 Steve Prefontaine

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

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Famous As: Snooker player
Birthdate: April 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
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 32 Marion Jones

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Famous As: Basketball player, Sprinter
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Belizean, American
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 33 Dave Mirra

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Famous As: Extreme sports athlete
Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 2016

 34 Efren Reyes

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Famous As: Pool player
Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino

 35 Lolo Jones

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

 36 Aleksandr Karelin

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Famous As: Politician, Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: September 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian

 37 Jamie Benn

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 38 Ross Rebagliati

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Famous As: Snowboarder
Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 39 Thakur Anoop Singh

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

 40 Matt Miazga

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 41 Nicolas Hamilton

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 42 Alex Pietrangelo

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: January 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 43 Max Domi

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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Greg Louganis

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

 45 Kathrine Switzer

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Famous As: Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: January 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 46 Jay Silverheels

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
Died: March 5, 1980

 47 Eric Liddell

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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Scottish
Died: February 21, 1945

 48 P. T. Usha

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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 49 Helen Skelton

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

 50 Casey Stoner

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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racing driver
Birthdate: October 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian
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