Famous Canadian Athletes

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 1 
Ben Johnson
(Sprinter)

Ben Johnson
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica

 2 

Jay Silverheels
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Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, 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. 

 3 
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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 4 
Christine Sinclair
(Association football player)

Christine Sinclair
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Birthdate: June 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burnaby

 5 
Andre De Grasse
(Sprinter)

Andre De Grasse
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Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

 6 
Jarome Iginla
(Former Ice hockey right winger)

Jarome Iginla
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Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

 7 
Claude Giroux
(Ice hockey player)

Claude Giroux
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Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hearst
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 8 
Rick Nash
(Ice hockey player)

Rick Nash
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Birthdate: June 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brampton

 9 
Max Domi
(Ice hockey player)

Max Domi
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Birthdate: March 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto

 10 
Jamie Benn
(Ice hockey player)

Jamie Benn
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Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Victoria

 11 
Kaetlyn Osmond
(Figure skater)

Kaetlyn Osmond
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Birthdate: December 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marystown, Canada

 12 
Tom Longboat
(Athletics competitor)

Tom Longboat
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Birthdate: June 4, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation
Died: January 9, 1949

 13 
Alex Pietrangelo
(Ice hockey player)

Alex Pietrangelo
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Birthdate: January 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: King City

 14 
Player Uno
(Wrestler)

Player Uno
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Birthdate: July 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gatineau, Canada

 15 
Lloyd Eisler
(Figure skater)

Lloyd Eisler
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Birthdate: April 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seaforth, Ontario

 16 
Rachel Homan
(Curler)

Rachel Homan
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Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa

 17 
Aaron Ekblad
(Ice hockey player)

Aaron Ekblad
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Birthdate: February 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Windsor

 18 
Jonathan Drouin
(Ice hockey player)

Jonathan Drouin
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Birthdate: March 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

 19 

Patrick Côté
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Birthdate: February 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rimouski

 20 
Elvis Stojko
(Figure skater)

Elvis Stojko
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Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

 21 
Chris Kunitz
(Ice hockey player)

Chris Kunitz
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Birthdate: September 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Regina

 22 
Jeff Carter
(Ice hockey player)

Jeff Carter
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Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 23 
Rick Hansen
(Athletics competitor)

Rick Hansen
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Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port Alberni, Canada

 24 
Ron Turcotte
(Jockey)

Ron Turcotte
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Birthdate: July 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Drummond

 25 
Alexander Steen
(Ice hockey player)

Alexander Steen
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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.

 26 
Kurt Browning
(Sports commentator, Figure skater, Choreographer)

Kurt Browning
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Birthdate: June 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rocky Mountain House, Canada

 27 
Stefanie Reid
(Track and field paralympian)

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Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Zealand

 28 
Harold Ballard
(Player of Canadian football)

Harold Ballard
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Birthdate: July 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: April 11, 1990

 29 
Natalie Spooner
(Ice hockey player)

Natalie Spooner
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Birthdate: October 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarborough

 30 
Damian Warner
(Track and field athlete)

Damian Warner
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Birthdate: November 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 31 
Nam Nguyen
(Figure skater)

Nam Nguyen
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Birthdate: May 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa

 32 
Sean Day
(Ice hockey player)

Sean Day
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Birthdate: January 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leuven

 33 
Dan Hamhuis
(Ice hockey player)

Dan Hamhuis
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Birthdate: December 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smithers

 34 
Mohammed Ahmed
(Long-distance runner)

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Birthdate: January 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 35 
Cindy Klassen
(Speed Skater)

Cindy Klassen
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Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

 36 
Bruny Surin
(Former track and field athlete)

Bruny Surin
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Birthdate: July 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien, Haiti

 37 

Percy Williams
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Birthdate: May 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: November 29, 1982

 38 
Aaron Brown
(Two-time Olympic medalist as part Canada's 4 × 100 m relay team at the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics)

Aaron Brown
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Birthdate: May 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 39 
Lionel Conacher
(Politician)

Lionel Conacher
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Birthdate: May 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 26, 1954

 40 
Jesse Lumsden
(Bobsledder)

Jesse Lumsden
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Birthdate: August 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

 41 

Bobbie Rosenfeld
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Birthdate: December 28, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine
Died: November 14, 1969

 42 

Myriam Bédard
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Birthdate: December 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ancienne-Lorette, Canada

 43 
Phylicia George
(Track and field athlete and bobsledder)

Phylicia George
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Birthdate: November 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada

 44 

Lascelles Brown
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Birthdate: October 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: May Pen May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica

 45 
Desai Williams
(Sprinter)

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Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

 46 
Mark McKoy
(Gold medalist in the 110 metres hurdles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics)

Mark McKoy
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Birthdate: December 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

 47 
Lou Marsh
(Athlete)

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Birthdate: February 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada
Died: March 4, 1936

 48 
Phil Edwards
(Athlete)

Phil Edwards
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Birthdate: September 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: September 6, 1971

 49 
Earl Thomson
(Athlete)

Earl Thomson
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Birthdate: February 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prince Albert, Canada
Died: May 19, 1971

 50 
Rhoda Wurtele
(Skiing pioneers)

Rhoda Wurtele
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Birthdate: January 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada