British Women Sportspersons

Throughout history, there have been many British women sportspersons who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female sportspersons such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Fatima Whitbread, Vanessa-Mae, Joanne Calderwood, Beth Tweddle.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Paige
(Youngest WWE Divas Champion)

Paige
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Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Retired wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige, has won the Divas Championship twice and was also its the youngest winner. She was also the first NXT Women's Champion. Paige later appeared on shows such as Total Divas and Tough Enough, and films such as Santa's Little Helper

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Jessica Ennis-Hill
(Track & Field Athlete)

Jessica Ennis-Hill
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Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Jessica Ennis-Hill is a British retired track and field athlete. She specialized in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 meters hurdles. In 2012, she won an Olympic gold in the heptathlon. She was introduced to sports as a young girl and immediately took an interest in athletics. She has won several other titles as well in addition to her Olympic gold. 

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson
(Athletics competitor)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is an English heptathlete whose performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games earned her a gold medal. She also won the gold at the 2019 World Championships. Katarina Johnson-Thompson holds the British record for the women's pentathlon with 5,000 points. A highly talented athlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson also holds the British records for high jump in both outdoors and indoors.

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Alex Scott
(Footballer)

Alex Scott
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Birthdate: October 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Alex Scott is an English TV presenter and former professional football player. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Arsenal and Birmingham City, Scott also represented the women's national football team. She also played for Great Britain at the London Olympics. In 2019, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

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Paula Radcliffe
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

Paula Radcliffe
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Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northwich

Paula Radcliffe is a retired distance runner, credited with winning the London Marathon and the New York Marathon three times each. Born into an athletic family, she emerged as a running talent by the time she was in her teens, winning the world junior cross-country title at the age of nineteen, eventually. She held the Women's World Marathon Record from 2003 to 2019.

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Denise Lewis
(Athletics competitor)

Denise Lewis
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Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Bromwich

Denise Lewis is a British sports commentator and former athlete. She won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and became the first European to win Olympic gold in the heptathlon. A two-time Commonwealth Games champion, Lewis also won silver medals in the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. She was also the 1998 European Champion. 

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Kelly Holmes
(Middle-Distance Runner Who Won Two Golds in the 2004 Olympics in Athens)

Kelly Holmes
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Birthdate: April 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pembury, Kent, England

Kelly Holmes is a retired English middle-distance athlete who specialized in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters events. She won gold medals for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Beginning her career with the British Army, she turned to professional athletics in 1993. She took part in her final major championship in 2004. 

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 8 
Ellen Whitaker
(Show jumper)

Ellen Whitaker
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Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces

Ellen Whitaker is an English show jumping rider. In September 2019, she was ranked 211 on the FEI riders' Longines Ranking list. She began competing at the tender age of five and qualified for the Horse Of The Year Show (HOYS) at just eight years old. She represented Great Britain in the European Championships in 2007. 

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Rebecca Adlington
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Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

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Susie Wolff
(Racecar driver)

Susie Wolff
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Birthdate: December 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oban

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Emma Raducanu
(Tennis player)

Emma Raducanu
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Birthdate: November 13, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sam Quek
(Hockey player)

Sam Quek
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Birthdate: October 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, United Kingdom

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Helen Skelton
(Co-Presenter of the BBC Children's Program 'Blue Peter' and 'Countryfile')

Helen Skelton
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Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, England

Best known for her work on BBC productions like Blue Pete, English television presenter Helen Skelton is also a trained lap dance teacher and an adventurer, who kayaked the entire length of River Amazon to raise fund for Sports Relief 2020. Author of Amy Wild: Amazon Summer, she is also the first person to reach South Pole using a bicycle.

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Heather Watson
(Tennis player)

Heather Watson
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Birthdate: May 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Peter Port, Guernsey

Heather Watson is a professional tennis player who has won nine career titles so far, including four singles titles. In 2012, she became the first British female player to win a WTA singles title since 1988. In 2016, she won the mixed-doubles at Wimbledon, becoming the first British player to win at Wimbledon since Joanna Mary Durie in 1987. 

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Zola Budd
(Two-time winner at the World Cross Country Championships (1985–1986))

Zola Budd
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Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Zola Budd is a South African former athlete who used to compete in long-distance and middle-distance running. Budd represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympic Games before representing South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games. Zola Budd also took part in the 1985 and 1986 World Cross Country Championships, winning gold medals on both occasions.

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Zara Tindall
(Olympian)

Zara Tindall
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Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK

Zara Tindall is a British equestrian who won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. She excelled at many sporting activities as a young girl and represented her schools in hockey, athletics, and gymnastics. She eventually chose to pursue an equestrian career. 

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Charlotte Dujardin
(Dressage rider, Equestrian)

Charlotte Dujardin
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Birthdate: July 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London Borough of Enfield, England

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Virginia Wade
(Tennis Player)

Virginia Wade
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Birthdate: July 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bournemouth, Hampshire, England

Virginia Wade is a British former tennis player. A former world No. 2, Wade won three Grand Slam singles titles, including the famous 1977 Wimbledon, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II. A former world No. 1 in doubles, Wade won four Grand Slam doubles titles. After retiring as a player, Wade has worked as a game analyst and commentator.

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Abbie Eaton
(Racing driver)

Abbie Eaton
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Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hull, England, UK

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Helen Glover
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Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Truro, Cornwall, England

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Jodie Kidd
(Model, racing driver, television personality)

Jodie Kidd
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Birthdate: September 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

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Beth Tweddle
(Artistic gymnast)

Beth Tweddle
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Birthdate: April 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Known as Britain’s most successful gymnast, Beth Tweddle is a 3-time world champion and a 6-time European champion, apart from being an Olympic bronze medalist. Born in South Africa, she moved to England as a toddler and began training in gymnastics ate age 7. She has been named an MBE, too.

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Laura Robson
(Tennis player)

Laura Robson
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Birthdate: January 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Laura Robson is a British professional tennis player who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the mixed-doubles event. In 2012, Laura Robson reached the fourth round of the US Open singles championship, becoming the first British woman to do so at a Grand Slam tournament since Samantha Smith in 1998.

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Joanne Calderwood
(Mixed Martial Artist)

Joanne Calderwood
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Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish MMA fighter and Muay Thai champion Joanne Calderwood now competes for the UFC Women's Flyweight division. She was placed sixth on the UFC women's flyweight rankings in January 2021 and second on the World Professional Muaythai Federation rankings. She has also fought in India's Super Fight League.

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Jayne Torvill
(Ice Dancer)

Jayne Torvill
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Birthdate: October 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clifton, England
Jayne Torvill is a celebrated professional English ice dancer whose gold medal-winning performance with Christopher Dean at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics became a talking point worldwide. With Dean, she won the World Professional Championship five times and the Challenge of Champions title thrice. The top-scoring figure skating pair also starred in the television series Dancing on Ice.

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Vanessa-Mae
(Violinist)

Vanessa-Mae
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Birthdate: October 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

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Layla El
(Dancer)

Layla El
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Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England, UK

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Claudia Fragapane
(Artistic gymnast)

Claudia Fragapane
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Birthdate: October 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Apart from 4 Commonwealth gold medals, British artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane has also earned 3 European Championship silver medals and two World Championship bronze medals. She also reached the semi-finals of the reality show Strictly Come Dancing at 18, the second-youngest public figure on the show ever.

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Tanni Grey-Thompson
(Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor)

Tanni Grey-Thompson
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Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Winner of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a former wheelchair racer, who won the London Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records. Also a successful television personality and patron of numerous charities, she was created a Life Peer in 2010 and made Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in Stockton-On-Tees.

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Sienna Guillory
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Birthdate: March 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kettering, United Kingdom

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Gabby Logan
(Presenter and a former international rhythmic gymnast)

Gabby Logan
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Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds, England, United Kingdom

 32 
Johanna Konta
(Tennis player)

Johanna Konta
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Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Johanna Konta is a British tennis player who represented Australia till 2012. Konta has won four singles WTA Tour titles. She has also won four doubles and 11 singles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. A former world No. 4 and former British number one, Johanna Konta is renowned for creating sharp angles and an offensive baseline play.

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Fatima Whitbread
(Javelin Thrower)

Fatima Whitbread
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Birthdate: March 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stoke Newington, United Kingdom

Fatima Whitbread is a British former athlete who specialized in the Javelin throw. At the 1986 European Championships, Whitbread broke the world record in the qualifying round before winning the gold medal in the finals. She also has an Olympic silver and an Olympic bronze under her belt. A popular athlete, Whitbread also won the 1987 World Championships in Rome.

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Victoria Pendleton
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer, Jockey)

Victoria Pendleton
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stotfold

Victoria Pendleton is a British former track cyclist who represented England and Great Britain in international cycling competitions. She dominated the individual sprint event from 2005 to 2012, winning a record six world titles in the individual sprint. Having won one Olympic silver medal and two gold medals, Pendleton is one of the most successful female Olympians from Great Britain.

 35 
Sue Barker
(Former Tennis Player and Television Host)

Sue Barker
5
Birthdate: April 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paignton, Devon, England

Sue Barker is an English former professional tennis player. A former world No. 3, Barker had an illustrious playing career during which she won 15 WTA singles titles, including the 1976 French Open. She also won 12 doubles titles, including the WTA Austrian Open. After retiring as a player, Sue Barker became a sports reporter.

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Dina Asher-Smith
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Birthdate: December 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orpington ,England

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Katarina Waters
(Professional Wrestler)

Katarina Waters
5
Birthdate: November 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lüneburg, Germany

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Annabel Croft
(Tennis Player)

Annabel Croft
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Birthdate: July 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Farnborough, Kent, England

Former British tennis player Annabel Croft had begun playing tennis at age 9. At 15, she became the youngest from Britain to play senior Wimbledon in almost 100 years. Post-retirement, she has stepped into a broadcasting career and has also appeared on ITV’s Interceptor and Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt.

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Nicola Adams
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Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England

Retired British boxer Nicola Adams scripted history as the first female boxer to earn an Olympic gold and retain the gold at the following Olympic event. Openly lesbian, she is also an LGBT icon. Though shortlisted for Strictly Come Dancing, she withdrew after her partner tested COVID-positive.

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Carrie Grant
(Television presenter, Singer, Vocal coach)

Carrie Grant
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Birthdate: August 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London Borough of Enfield

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Jessica Gadirova
5
Birthdate: October 3, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Along with her twin sister, gymnast Jennifer Gadirova, British-born Azerbaijani gymnast Jessica Gadirova has created quite a stir in the gymnastics circuit. An expert in floor and vault, she has already won an Olympic bronze and a European Championship gold. She and her sister had taken up gymnastics at age 6.

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Tessa Sanderson
(A six-time Olympian in the javelin from 1976 to 1996)

Tessa Sanderson
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Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica

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Christine Ohuruogu
(Writer, Sprinter)

Christine Ohuruogu
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Christine Ohuruogu is a British athlete who has won an Olympic gold medal, two World Championships, and a Commonwealth gold medal in the 400m event. She also has an Olympic silver medal and a couple of bronze medals under her belt. In 2016, she became the second British track and field athlete to win Olympic medals at three consecutive Games.

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Katie Boulter
(Tennis Player)

Katie Boulter
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Birthdate: August 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leicester, England

Though the daughter of a tennis coach mother, Katie Boulter had initially focused on playing the piano before she deviated to tennis as a career. She first gained attention after winning the Lemon Bowl at 11 and now has five singles and four doubles titles in her kitty.

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Kelly Smith
(Football player)

Kelly Smith
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Birthdate: October 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Watford, England

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Amy Williams
(Skeleton racer)

Amy Williams
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Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

Amy Williams is a British former skeleton racer who won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships. In 2010, Amy Williams became the first British person in 30 years to win an individual gold medal at Winter Olympics when she won the medal in the skeleton.

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Laura Trott
(Track, Road Cyclist Who Specialises in track Endurance Events)

Laura Trott
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Birthdate: April 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom

With six Olympic gold medals in her kitty, Laura Trott has become the most decorated female athlete from Britain in the Olympics. She is married to cyclist Jason Kenny, who is also an Olympic gold medalist. Surprisingly, born with asthma, she was advised by doctors not to take up sports.

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Chemmy Alcott
(Alpine skier)

Chemmy Alcott
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Birthdate: July 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hove, East Sussex, England

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Savannah Marshall
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Birthdate: May 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartlepool, County Durham, England

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Laura Muir
(Middle distance runner, Long-distance runner)

Laura Muir
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Birthdate: May 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scottish runner Laura Muir scripted history by becoming the first athlete to earn 2 golds at 2 consecutive events at any European Indoor Championship. Not known to many, she is also a trained vet. She also won a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Surprisingly, her clean diet bars coffee.