Famous Canadian Sports Personalities

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Wayne Gretzky
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players in the History of the National Hockey League)
Wayne Gretzky
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Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Georges St-Pierre
(One of the Greatest Fighters in the History of Mixed Martial Arts)
Georges St-Pierre
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Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada

Considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, Georges St-Pierre is a former professional mixed martial artist. Starting from 2008, he was named by Rogers Sportsnet as the Canadian Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years. When he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, he became only the fourth fighter to be a multi-division champion in UFC history.

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Steve Nash
(Former Canadian Basketball Player, Coach and 8-Time NBA All-Star Winner)
Steve Nash
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Birthdate: February 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Canadian national Steve Nash is a basketball coach and a former player. Known for his playmaking skills, he played for Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in America’s coveted National Basketball Association. He also played for the Canadian national men’s team from 1991 to 2003. He became the head coach of Brooklyn Nets of NBA in September 2020.

 4 
Chris Jericho
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)
Chris Jericho
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Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhasset, New York, United States

Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler, entrepreneur, actor, and musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers ever, Jericho is also one of the most recognized WWE superstars in the history of the wrestling promotion. Apart from wrestling, Jericho is a also famous singer, currently serving as the lead singer for Fozzy, a heavy metal band.

 5 
Trish Stratus
(One of the Most Popular Female Professional Wrestlers in WWE)
Trish Stratus
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Canadian fitness model and former wrestler Trish Stratus is known for her stint with WWF (later renamed WWE). The Diva of the Decade and three-time WWE Babe of the Year has also been a WWE Hardcore Champion. She also became the first female to earn the Lou Thesz Award.

 6 
Roddy Piper
(Canadian Professional Wrestler and Actor)
Roddy Piper
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Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: July 31, 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

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Mario Lemieux
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Mario Lemieux
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Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian former professional ice hockey player Mario Lemieux spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing parts of 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons. A gifted playmaker and fast skater, he is considered to be one of the best players of all time. With a 0.754 career goals-per-game average, he ranks second in NHL history, behind only Mike Bossy.

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Edge
(One of The Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)
Edge
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Birthdate: October 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orangeville, Canada
Canadian wrestler Edge is a seven-time World Heavyweight champion. He competed in the 2020 Royal Rumble match after a 9-year hiatus due to neck injuries. He has appeared as Dwight Hendrickson in Haven and as Ketill Flatnose in Vikings. He was also part of the film Highlander: Endgame.
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Ben Johnson
(Canadian Sprinter Who was the World's 'Fastest Man' During the 1987-88 Season)
Ben Johnson
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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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Bobby Hull
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Bobby Hull
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Birthdate: January 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Point Anne, Belleville, Canada
Died: January 20, 2023
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jonathan Toews
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Jonathan Toews
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Birthdate: April 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup-winning ice-hockey player Jonathan Toews became the second-youngest NHL captain ever, at 20. Known as Captain Serious, he is not the one to be found in the middle of any controversy. He was named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list in 2017.

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Brett Hull
(Canadian–American Former Ice Hockey Player and General Manager)
Brett Hull
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Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Sidney Crosby
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Sidney Crosby
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Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canadian professional ice hockey player Sidney Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he made his professional debut in 2005. Immediately rising to stardom, he has continued to impress the audience with his powerful gameplay.

 14 
Martin Brodeur
(Canadian-American Former Professional Ice Hockey Goaltender)
Martin Brodeur
5
Birthdate: May 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Daniel Negreanu
(Poker player who won four World Series of Poker bracelets.)
Daniel Negreanu
4
Birthdate: July 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Owen Hart
(Professional Wrestler)
Owen Hart
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Birthdate: May 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Died: May 23, 1999
Owen Hart, also known as “The Golden Nugget” and “Blue Blazer,” was part of the Hart wrestling family. He had won several titles, such as the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. He died in an equipment malfunction accident at the 1999 WWF Over the Edge.
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Maurice Richard
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Maurice Richard
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Birthdate: August 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: May 27, 2000
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 18 
Angela Lee
(American-Canadian Mixed Martial Artist)
Angela Lee
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Birthdate: July 8, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Andrew Wiggins
(Canadian Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a 'Small Forward')
Andrew Wiggins
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Birthdate: February 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thornhill, Canada
Canadian basketball player Andrew Wiggins was initially drafted by the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year playing with the Timberwolves. He was also named Mr. Basketball USA and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2013.
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Louis Cyr
(Strongman)
Louis Cyr
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Birthdate: October 10, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Canada
Died: November 10, 1912
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Tristan Thompson
(Canadian-American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Center)
Tristan Thompson
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Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
Boston Celtics center/power forward Tristan Thompson, known for his rebounding skills, was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the 2016 NBA Championship with them. He has also played for Canada’s national basketball team. Thompson has been in the news for his relationship and messy break-up with Khloé Kardashian.
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Rick Fox
(Actor and Former Basketball Player Who Played at the 'Small Forward' Position)
Rick Fox
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Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Rick Fox is a Canadian-Bahamian actor, businessman, former basketball player, and e-sports franchise owner. He is best known for representing the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After retiring from the sport, Rick Fox went on to establish himself as a media personality, appearing in TV shows like Dancing with the Stars.

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Guy Lafleur
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Right Winger)
Guy Lafleur
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Birthdate: September 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thurso, Quebec, Canada
Died: April 22, 2022
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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P. K. Subban
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman)
P. K. Subban
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Birthdate: May 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

P.K. Subban is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays as a defenceman for the NHL's New Jersey Devils. In 2013, Subban was adjudged the NHL's top defenceman and was honored with the Norris Trophy. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Subban promised in 2015 that he would help raise $10 million by 2022 for the Montreal Children's Hospital. 

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Sami Zayn
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Sami Zayn
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Birthdate: July 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Laval, Canada
Canadian wrestler Rami Sebei, better known as Sami Zayn, is associated with the WWE brand SmackDown and for his signature masked look. He was previously known for his catchphrase “Ole!” and used the pseudonym El Generico. While with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, he earned two solo world titles.
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Chris Pronger
(Canadian Former Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman and a Former Advisor to the Florida Panthers)
Chris Pronger
4
Birthdate: October 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dryden, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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James Naismith
(The Inventor of the Game of 'Basketball')
James Naismith
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Birthdate: November 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almonte, Mississippi Mills, Canada
Died: November 28, 1939
Canadian-American physician and coach James Naismith is considered as the inventor of basketball. He authored the first basksetball rule book and established the University of Kansas basketball team. He served as the Kansas Jayhawks athletic director and coach, and trained legends such as Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith.
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Joe Sakic
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Executive and Former Player)
Joe Sakic
5
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burnaby, Canada
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Stan Mikita
(Canadian Ice Hockey Centre)
Stan Mikita
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Birthdate: May 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sokolče, Vlachy, Slovakia
Died: August 7, 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Mary Pierce
(Former Tennis Player Who Won Four 'Grand Slam' Titles)
Mary Pierce
5
Birthdate: January 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Gail Kim
(Wrestler)
Gail Kim
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Birthdate: February 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Gordie Howe
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Player)
Gordie Howe
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Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floral, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: June 10, 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 33 
Gilles Villeneuve
(Canadian Racing Driver)
Gilles Villeneuve
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Birthdate: January 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
Died: May 8, 1982
Canadian race-car driver Gilles Villeneuve is remembered for his 6-year stint with Grand Prix, racing with Ferrari. He won six races but died in a violent collision with Jochen Mass’s car during a qualifying race for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. His son, Jacques, later became a F1 champion.
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Hayley Wickenheiser
(Canadian Former Ice Hockey Player and Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Hayley Wickenheiser
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Birthdate: August 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shaunavon, Canada
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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George Chuvalo
(Canadian Former Professional Boxer)
George Chuvalo
3
Birthdate: September 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Luc Robitaille
(Canadian–American Professional Ice Hockey Executive and Former Player)
Luc Robitaille
4
Birthdate: February 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Chris Benoit
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Chris Benoit
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Birthdate: May 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007

Often regarded as one of the best wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit was known for putting his body on the line to create a greater impact than most of his fellow wrestlers. One of his popular moves, a diving headbutt, was cited as one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health that eventually resulted in his suicide.

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Kevin Steen
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Kevin Steen
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Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada

Kevin Steen, popularly known by his ring name Kevin Owens, is a Canadian professional wrestler. One of the most popular WWE superstars of his generation, Steen has won several WWE championship titles, such as the Universal Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the United States Championship. In 2017, he was ranked third in the PWI 500 list. 

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Lennox Lewis
(British-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and Three-Time World Heavyweight Champion)
Lennox Lewis
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Birthdate: September 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Ham, London, England
Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also won the super heavyweight gold for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He has won numerous accolades, including the CBE and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He has been named as the sixth-best heavyweight boxer of all time by BoxRec.
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Duncan Keith
(Canadian Former Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman)
Duncan Keith
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Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ferguson Jenkins
(Baseball pitcher)
Ferguson Jenkins
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Birthdate: December 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chatham-Kent, Canada

Canadian baseball player and coach Ferguson Jenkins has played for MLB teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. He also excelled in basketball and hockey and was part of the Canadian amateur hockey league. He also became the first Canadian to be name to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Denis Shapovalov
(Canadian Professional Tennis Player)
Denis Shapovalov
8
Birthdate: April 15, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Grant Fuhr
(Canadian Former Ice Hockey Goaltender)
Grant Fuhr
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Birthdate: September 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Joe Thornton
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Joe Thornton
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Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Canadian–American–Swiss ice-hockey player Joe Thornton, or “Jumbo Joe,” currently plays for the NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs. He previously played for the San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins. He is one of 13 players with 1,000 NHL assists and also won an Olympic gold for Canada.
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Nate Burleson
(Football Commentator)
Nate Burleson
4
Birthdate: August 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Bronko Nagurski
(American Football Player)
Bronko Nagurski
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Birthdate: November 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rainy River, Canada
Died: January 7, 1990
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
(Baseball third baseman)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
4
Birthdate: March 16, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jesse Palmer
(American football player, TV personality)
Jesse Palmer
4
Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Elvis Stojko
(Canadian Figure Skater, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, and 3-Time World Champion)
Elvis Stojko
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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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Lance Stroll
(Canadian-Belgian Motorsport Racer Who Competes for Canada in Formula One)
Lance Stroll
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Birthdate: October 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The son of Canadian business tycoon Lawrence Stroll and Belgian designer Claire-Anne Callens, Lance Stroll began his motorsport career with karting at age 10. He became F1’s youngest rookie podium finisher at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His achievements include wins at the 2014 Italian F4 and the 2016 FIA European Formula 3.