Famous Canadian Athletes

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Terry Fox
(Canadian Athlete and Activist Who Became a National Hero and an Inspirational Figure for His Battle Against Cancer)
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Birthdate: July 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: June 28, 1981

Terry Fox was a popular cancer research activist and humanitarian. Despite suffering from cancer and having lost one of his legs to cancer, he embarked on a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. Although he died at the age of 22, his efforts resulted in a worldwide legacy and gave rise to the annual Terry Fox Run.

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Ben Johnson
(Canadian Sprinter Who was the World's Fastest Man During the 1987-88 Season)
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica

Ben Johnson is a Canadian retired sprinter who was adjudged the world's fastest man during the 1987–88 season after he broke the 60m and 100m indoor world records. He is best known for his performance in the 1984 Olympic Games, where he won two bronze medals. Ben Johnson also won a gold medal at the 1985 World Indoor Championships.

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Andre De Grasse
(Canadian Track and Field Athlete)
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Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Andre De Grasse is a Canadian track and field athlete best known for winning the gold medal in the men's 200 metres event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He has won two silver medals and three bronze medals in two Olympic Games so far. In 2022, Andre De Grasse won a gold medal at the World Championships.

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Donovan Bailey
(Former Sprinter)
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Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, Jamaica

Donovan Bailey is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter. He once held the world record for the 100 meters and is considered the greatest Canadian sprinter of all time. Noted for his top speed, he became the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. In 2004,  he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Jay Silverheels
(Actor and Athlete Known for His Role as ‘Tonto’ in the TV Series ‘The Lone Ranger’)
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Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Died: March 5, 1980

Indigenous Canadian actor Jay Silverheels gained international popularity for playing Tonto, the Native American companion of the protagonist in the American western TV series The Lone Ranger. As a young man, he excelled in athletics and became a lacrosse player. He later quit sports to pursue acting. He bred and raced Standardbred horses as a hobby. 

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Christine Sinclair
(Canadian Soccer Player Who Plays as a Forward)
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Birthdate: June 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnaby

Christine Sinclair is a Canadian soccer player who plays for the Canadian national team as a forward. She is currently captaining the national team and the NWSL club Portland Thorns FC. In the 2020 Olympics, Sinclair helped her team win the gold medal. She was also part of the team that won bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics

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Claude Giroux
(Canadian Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Forward)
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Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hearst

Claude Giroux is a Canadian ice hockey player who plays as a forward for the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. He has also played for other popular clubs like the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2022, Claude Giroux won the NHL All-Star Game MVP award.

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Rick Nash
(Canadian Retired Ice Hockey Player)
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Birthdate: June 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brampton

Rick Nash is a Canadian retired ice hockey player who played 15 NHL seasons for teams like the New York Rangers, Blue Jackets, and Boston Bruins. Nash was chosen to play in six NHL All-Star Games over the course of his playing career. Rick Nash is currently associated with the Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as the director of player development.

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Max Domi
(Canadian Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Left Winger or Centre)
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Birthdate: March 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto

Max Domi is a Canadian ice hockey player who plays as a left winger or centre for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. He came into prominence in 2016, when he became part of the national team that won the gold medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Russia.

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Jamie Benn
(Canadian Ice-Hockey Player Who Plays as a Winger)
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Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Victoria

Canadian ice-hockey player Jamie Benn is a talented winger and captain for the NHL team Dallas Stars. He won the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2009 World Junior Championships for Canada. He also won the 2015 Art Ross Trophy and was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Sports list.

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Tom Longboat
(Onondaga Athlete Who Specialized in Distance Running)
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Birthdate: June 4, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation
Died: January 9, 1949

Tom Longboat was an Onondaga athlete who specialized in distance running. Nicknamed the bulldog of Britannia, Longboat also served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a soldier during the First World War. In 1996, Tom Longboat was honored posthumously with an induction into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. 

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Player Uno
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
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Birthdate: July 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gatineau, Canada

Player Uno is a Canadian professional wrestler who is currently signed to the popular American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he is better known as Evil Uno. He has previously wrestled in other promotions like International Wrestling Syndicate, Chikara, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. In 2021, Player Uno was featured in the PWI 500 list where he was ranked 188th.

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Lloyd Eisler
(Pairs Skater)
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Birthdate: April 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seaforth, Ontario

Lloyd Eisler is a Canadian former pairs skater who won the Olympic bronze medal in 1992 and 1994 along with his partner Isabelle Brasseur. Eisler also won a gold medal, three silver medals, and two bronze medals at the World Championships between 1985 and 1994.

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Alex Pietrangelo
(Canadian Ice-Hockey Player Who Plays as a Defenseman)
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Birthdate: January 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: King City

Canadian ice-hockey defense Alex Pietrangelo is not just an Olympic gold medalist but is also a former Canada Cup/World Cup Champion. Also known as Petro, he has been the alternate captain for the NHL team Vegas Golden Knights. He has previously played for the St. Louis Blues, too.

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Rachel Homan
(Canadian Professional Curler)
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Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa

Rachel Homan is a Canadian professional curler best known for winning the gold medal at the 2017 World Curling Championships. Previously, she had won the bronze medal and the silver medal at the 2013 and 2014 World Curling Championships respectively. In 2019, The Sports Network named Rachel Homan the fourth-greatest Canadian female curler of all time.

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Aaron Ekblad
(Canadian Ice-Hockey Defenseman)
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Birthdate: February 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Windsor

Canadian ice-hockey defenseman Aaron Ekblad has been an alternate captain for the NHL team Florida Panthers. He has previously had a successful stint with the Ontario Hockey League. He won the 2015 World Championship and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with the Canadian squad.

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Jonathan Drouin
(Canadian Ice Hockey Left Winger)
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Birthdate: March 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Jonathan Drouin is a Canadian ice hockey player who plays for the Montreal Canadiens. He has also represented the Canadian national team at the junior level. Jonathan Drouin achieved prominence in 2013, when he was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year.

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Kaetlyn Osmond
(Figure Skater)
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Birthdate: December 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marystown, Canada

Kaetlyn Osmond is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. She is best known for winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Previously, she had won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Kaetlyn Osmond also won a gold medal at the World Championships in 2018. 

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Elvis Stojko
(Canadian Figure Skater, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, and 3-Time World Champion)
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Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Hungarian-Slovenian-origin Canadian figure skater Elvis Stojko had also been a World Champion thrice. Named after legendary singer Elvis Presley, he began skating at age 4. He also won the Canadian National Championship 7 times. He has also been a commentator and a show skater.

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Patrick Côté
(Retired Canadian MMA Fighter and Boxer)
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Birthdate: February 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rimouski

Nicknamed The Predator, Patrick Côté is a former Canadian boxer and MMA fighter. He is a Black Belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was 16 when he began his martial arts training with the Canadian Army. An MFC middleweight champion, he has also won 3 UFC titles.

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Rick Hansen
(Canadian Track and Field Athlete (Paralympic Games))
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Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port Alberni, Canada

Canadian track and field athlete and Paralympian Rick Hansen is a 3-time Paralympic Games champion. After a spinal cord injury at 15, he became a paraplegic. He is best known for his charitable endeavor, Man in Motion World Tour, and is associated with many initiatives to fund spinal cord treatment research.

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Jeff Carter
(Canadian Ice Hockey Player)
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Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

Jeff Carter is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He has also played for other popular NHL teams like the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Philadelphia Flyers. Jeff Carter has won two Stanley Cups and has played in a couple of All-Star Games so far in his career.

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Chris Kunitz
(Canadian Retired Ice Hockey Player)
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Birthdate: September 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Regina

Chris Kunitz is a Canadian retired ice hockey player. He was part of the national team that won the silver medal at the 2008 World Championships in Canada. He also helped his team win the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Chris Kunitz also played for popular NHL teams like Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Jarome Iginla
(Ice Hockey Winger)
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Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Retired Canadian ice-hockey winger Jarome Iginla is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and a former World Championship. He also won the 2004 World Cup with the Canadian squad. He became the 4th Black player to be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has also represented teams such as the Boston Bruins.

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Ron Turcotte
(Canadian Former Race Horse Jockey Who won the 'US Triple Crown' in 1973)
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Birthdate: July 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Drummond

Ron Turcotte is a Canadian former race horse jockey. He is best known for winning the US Triple Crown in 1973, riding the famous American thoroughbred racehorse, Secretariat. In 1979, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1980, Ron Turcotte was elected as a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Alexander Steen
(Ice hockey player)
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Birthdate: March 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winnipeg

Born to NHL forward Thomas Steen, Alexander Steen followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professional ice hockey player. The Canadian-born Swedish player, however, outshone his father by winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues. He later retired from the sport due to a back injury.

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Kurt Browning
(Canadian Figure Skater, Commentator, and Choreographer)
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Birthdate: June 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Kurt Browning is a Canadian figure skater, commentator, and choreographer. A four-time World Champion, Browning also won a silver medal at the 1992 World Championships. Kurt Browning was made an inductee of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1994 and 2006 respectively.

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Stefanie Reid
(Track and Field Para Athlete)
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Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Zealand

Stefanie Reid is a track and field para athlete. She represented Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games, where she won a bronze medal. She then represented Great Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal in both the events. Stefanie Reid has also won a gold medal at the 2014 European Championships and 2017 World Championships.

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Natalie Spooner
(Canadian Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Forward)
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Birthdate: October 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarborough

Two-time Olympic champion Canadian ice-hockey player Natalie Spooner has also been part of the World Championship-winning Canadian squads in 2012 and 2021. In 2014, she scripted history as the first female hockey player to win an Olympic gold and the Clarkson Cup in the same year.

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Harold Ballard
(Canadian Sportsman and Businessman)
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Birthdate: July 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: April 11, 1990

Harold Ballard was a Canadian sportsman and businessman. He owned the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and their home arena, Maple Leaf Gardens. Ballard also owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. Harold Ballard was made an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1977 and 1987 respectively.

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Damian Warner
(Canadian Decathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: November 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

Canadian track and field athlete and decathlon expert Damian Warner is an Olympic gold medalist, a World Indoor champion, and a 2-time Pan American Games champion. He is also the fourth decathlete to score more than 9,000 points and has created records in hurdles and long jump.

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Nam Nguyen
(Former Canadian Figure Skater and 2-Time National Champion)
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Birthdate: May 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa

Two-time national champion and retired Canadian figure skater Nam Nguyen has also been a World Junior Champion in 2014. While he started his training in ice hockey at age 5, he later switched to figure skating. Post-retirement, he has been working as a power skating coach.

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Sean Day
(Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Defenceman)
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Birthdate: January 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leuven

Sean Day is a Belgian-born Canadian-American ice hockey player who plays as a defenceman. He currently plays in the American Hockey League for the Syracuse Crunch. Sean Day made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2021, when he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Dan Hamhuis
(Retired Canadian Ice-Hockey Defenseman, Olympic Gold Medalist, and 2-Time World Champion)
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Birthdate: December 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smithers

Retired Canadian ice-hockey defenseman Dan Hamhuis started his NHL career with the Nashville Predators and then moved on to the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars. The Olympic gold medalist and 2-time World Champion has also played for the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League.

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Mohammed Ahmed
(Canadian Long-Distance Runner and Olympic Silver Medalist)
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Birthdate: January 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Olympic silver medalist Canadian long-distance runner Mohammed Ahmed scripted history as Canada’s first medal winner at the 5,000m at both the World Championships and the Olympics. The Somalia-born athlete spent a part of his childhood in Kenya, before moving to Canada at age 11.

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Cindy Klassen
(Long Track Speed Skater)
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Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Cindy Klassen is a Canadian former long track speed skater. She is best known for winning a gold medal, two silver medals, and two bronze medals at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Cindy Klassen also won a gold medal each at the 2003 and 2006 World Allround Championships.

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Aaron Brown
(Canadian Sprinter, Former World Champion, and 2-Time Olympic Medalist)
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Birthdate: May 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Two-time Olympic medalist Canadian sprinter Aaron Brown has also been a World Champion in 2022. Anglo-Jamaican in origin, the sportsperson specializes in 100m and 200m and began his athletic career with the USC Trojans while in college. He also won the 4x100m relay at the 2018 NACAC Championships.

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Percy Williams
(Canadian Athlete and Winner of the 100 and 200 Metres Races at the 1928 Summer Olympics)
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Birthdate: May 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: November 29, 1982

Percy Williams was a Canadian athlete best remembered for winning two gold medals at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. He also won a gold medal at the 1930 British Empire Games in Hamilton. Percy Williams is widely regarded as the greatest Canadian Olympic athlete of all time. 

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Lionel Conacher
(Canada's Top Athlete in the First Half of the 20th Century)
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Birthdate: May 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 26, 1954

Lionel Conacher was a Canadian politician and athlete. Counted among the 20th century's greatest Canadian athletes, Conacher won championships in several sports. He was part of the Toronto Argonauts that won the Grey Cup in 1921. In 1926, he won the International League championship as part of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Conacher also won the Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup.

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Bruny Surin
(Former Canadian Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
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Birthdate: July 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien, Haiti

A 4-time Olympian and an Olympic gold medalist, retired Canadian track and field athlete Bruny Surin has been a master of the 4×100m relay. He is also a former Commonwealth Champion and a 2-time World Champion. The Haitian-born athlete had moved to Canada as a child. He has been knighted by the Quebec government.

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Jesse Lumsden
(Bobsledder and Former Footballer)
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Birthdate: August 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Jesse Lumsden is a Canadian bobsledder and former Canadian football player. He is best known for winning a gold medal in the two-man bobsleigh event at the 2012 World Championships. He also won a silver medal in the same event at the 2017 World Championships. As a Canadian football player, Jesse Lumsden has played for teams like the Calgary Stampeders.

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Bobbie Rosenfeld
(Canadian Athlete, Olympic Gold Medalist, and a Pioneer in Women's Sports)
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Birthdate: December 28, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
Died: November 14, 1969

Olympic gold medalist Canadian athlete Fanny Bobbie Rosenfeld earned the nickname Bobbie for the bob cut she sported. Named the Female Athlete of the First Half-Century by Canada, she also excelled in hockey, apart from track and field. Post-retirement, she worked as a sports columnist and coach.

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Myriam Bédard
(Former Canadian Biathlete and 2-Time Olympic Champion)
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Birthdate: December 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

Retired Canadian biathlete Myriam Bédard is a 2-time Olympic champion and a former World Champion. The only North American biathlete to win an Olympic gold, she began her career as a junior figure skater but switched to biathlon at 12. In 2007, she was charged with child abduction for violating her child custody agreement.

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Phylicia George
(Canadian Track and Field Athlete, Bobsledder, and Olympic Medalist)
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Birthdate: November 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada

Three-time Olympian Canadian track and field athlete and bobsledder Phylicia George is also an Olympic bronze medalist in the two-woman bobsleigh category. She was 15 when she began training in hurdles. She competed in track and field at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Lascelles Brown
(Jamaican-Born Canadian Bobsledder and Olympic Silver Medalist)
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Birthdate: October 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: May Pen May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica

Jamaican-born Canadian bobsledder Lascelles Brown is an Olympic silver medalist and a former World Champion. His illustrious career has seen him compete internationally for Jamaica, Canada, and Monaco. He is regarded as one of the world’s finest brakesmen. He is the first Jamaican-born athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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Desai Williams
(Track and Field Athlete)
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Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Desai Williams was a Canadian sprinter best remembered for winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also won a gold medal at the 1981 Pacific Conference Games and at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Desai Williams also worked as a coach and trained Olympic athletes like Phylicia George, Justyn Warner, and Tremaine Harris among others.

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Mark McKoy
(Track and Field Athlete)
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Birthdate: December 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

Mark McKoy is a Canadian former track and field athlete. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 110m hurdles event at the 1992 Olympic Games. He also won a gold medal at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Mark McKoy is a three-time Commonwealth champion, having won gold medals at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games.

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Lou Marsh
(Canadian Athlete and Referee)
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Birthdate: February 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada
Died: March 4, 1936

Lou Marsh was a Canadian athlete who participated in a wide variety of sports during his playing career. He then established himself as one of the top hockey and boxing referees of his generation. Lou Marsh also worked for the Toronto Star for more than four decades and is often counted among the pioneers of sports journalism in the country.

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Phil Edwards
(Track and Field Athlete Who Specialized in Middle Distance Events)
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Birthdate: September 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: September 6, 1971

Phil Edwards was a Guyanese-born Canadian track and field athlete who specialized in middle-distance events. He won a gold medal at the 1934 British Empire Games in London, where he represented British Guiana. Nicknamed the Man of Bronze, Phil Edwards won five bronze medals for Canada at the Olympic Games between 1928 and 1936.

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Earl Thomson
(Canadian Athlete Who Was the First Non-US Olympic Gold Medalist in 100m Hurdles)
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Birthdate: February 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prince Albert, Canada
Died: May 19, 1971

Canadian athlete Earl Thomson, or Tommy Thomson, scripted history as the first non-American to win a 110m hurdles Olympic gold medal. In his early days, he excelled in high jump and discus throw, too. He later coached the US Naval Academy team and also co-designed a safer hurdle.