Cancer Athletes

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 1 Carl Lewis

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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S

A dominant sprinter and long jumper, Carl Lewis has won ten Olympic medals, nine of them gold. From 1981 to 1991, he topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events, slowly starting to lose his dominance thereafter, eventually retiring in 1997. Currently a businessperson, he has also appeared in films and television productions.

 2 Wilma Rudolph

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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

 3 Wayde van Niekerk

Wayde van Niekerk
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Wayde van Niekerk is a South African athlete who competes as a sprinter in the 200 and 400 metres. He is the current Olympic and world record holder in the 400 metres. Wayde van Niekerk holds the world record in the 300 metres as well. He won the gold medal in the 400 metres event at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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 4 Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Born without fibular bones, Aimee Mullins had to have her legs amputated below the knee as an infant. Undeterred, she grew up to be a Paralympic record-breaker, competing as a track and field athlete with prosthetic legs. She has walked the ramp for Alexander McQueen and has starred in films, too.

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 5 Matt Miazga

Matt Miazga
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clifton

American soccer player and Chelsea defender Matt Miazga has previously also represented the New York Red Bulls. Born to Polish immigrant parents in the U.S., Miazga is a staunch Christian and often expresses his religious views on social media. He was part of the American Olympic campaign in 2016.

 6 Helen Skelton

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carlisle, 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.

 7 Burak Yılmaz

Burak Yılmaz
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Famous As: Football
Birthdate: July 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Antalya, Turkey
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 8 Teemu Selänne

Teemu Selänne
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

 9 Tia-Clair Toomey

Tia-Clair Toomey
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.

 10 Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: September 27, 1956

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who specialized in golf, track and field, basketball, and baseball. Considered one of the greatest female athletes ever, Didrikson won two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the Summer Olympics in 1932. She then went on to win 10 LPGA major championships, becoming USA's first female golf celebrity.

 11 Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
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Famous As: Former Ice hockey right winger
Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

 12 Michelle Jenneke

Michelle Jenneke
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Famous As: Hurdler, Athletics competitor, Model
Birthdate: June 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kenthurst

Michelle Jenneke is an Australian track and field athlete and model. She won a silver medal for Australia at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She received international recognition in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up dance became famous on the internet. As a model, Michelle Jenneke was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013.

 13 Jamie Benn

Jamie Benn
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Victoria

 14 Player Uno

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

 15 P. T. Usha

P. T. Usha
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Payyoli

Considered one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced, P. T. Usha is often called the Queen of Indian track and field. She has won 14 gold medals throughout her illustrious career. She missed out on the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics by a hundredth of a second.

 16 Alexander Radulov

Alexander Radulov
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil

 17 Liu Xiang

Liu Xiang
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Famous As: hurdler, athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai

Hurdler Liu Xiang created history by becoming the first Chinese Olympic gold medalist in any men’s track-and-field event. While he excelled in high jump in his younger days, he deviated to hurdles by 15. He has also earned gold medals at the world championships and the Asian Games.

 18 Floyd Collins

Floyd Collins
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: July 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kentucky
Died: February 13, 1925

Cave explorer Floyd Collins is remembered for an ill-fated solo cave exploration in Kentucky, when he lost his balance and got stuck in a tight tunnel. His rescue attempt was widely covered by the media, but the tunnel collapsed and he died eventually. His body was recovered after 2 months.

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 19 Billy Mills

Billy Mills
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Famous As: Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Ridge

 20 Mutaz Essa Barshim

Mutaz Essa Barshim
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Famous As: High jumper
Birthdate: June 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Doha, Qatar

 21 Ron Turcotte

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

 22 Lasse Virén

Lasse Virén
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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Myrskylä, Finland
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 23 LaShawn Merritt

LaShawn Merritt
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Famous As: American track and field athlete
Birthdate: June 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

 24 Mary Peters

Mary Peters
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Famous As: athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halewood

Mary Peters is a Northern Irish former athlete who specialized in the pentathlon and shot put. She was athletic from a young age and received encouragement from her father to pursue her passion. She represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and won the gold medal in the women's pentathlon.  

 25 Paul Sampson

Paul Sampson
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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player
Birthdate: July 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Keighley

Paul Sampson is an English rugby union and rugby league player. He became interested in different sports as a child and won the England Schools 100 meters title in 1996. He soon joined the England rugby squad while still a school student and won his first England cap against South Africa in 1998. Rugby player, Dean Sampson, is his cousin.  

 26 Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gothenburg

Swedish ice hockey player Loui Eriksson has been part of the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars in the past and now plays for the Vancouver Canucks. His first NHL goal was in a match against the Colorado Avalanche. He was the Iowa Stars' 2005-06 Rookie of the Year.

 27 Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Khadki, Pune, India

Legendary hockey player Dhanraj Pillay, who revolutionized Indian sports with his talent, appeared in four Olympics and four World Cups. He also led India to gold medals in the Asia Cup, the Asian Games, and the Champions Challenge. The Padma Shri awardee is now an Aam Aadmi Party member.

 28 Will Stevens

Will Stevens
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochford

 29 Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlskrona

Swedish ice hockey player Oliver Ekman-Larsson now leads the NHL team Arizona Coyotes. Fans love him for his smooth skating skills and his perfect timing and positioning. He was born into a family of sportsmen, with his grandfather being an Olympian. He also owns a luxury clothing line.

 30 Joel Stransky

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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: July 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg

South African rugby legend Joel Stransky is best known for scoring all points, including the famous drop goal, in the nail-biting 1995 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand that he led his country to win. He has also worked with the marketing departments of Altech Netstar and the Steinhoff Group.

 31 James Lofton

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Famous As: American football player, Coach
Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: California, United States

 32 Yuliya Stepanova

Yuliya Stepanova
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kursk, Russia

 33 Balian Buschbaum

Balian Buschbaum
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Famous As: Pole vaulter
Birthdate: July 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

 34 Pietro Mennea

Pietro Mennea
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barletta, Italy
Died: March 21, 2013

 35 Mauro Prosperi

Mauro Prosperi
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Famous As: Pentathlete
Birthdate: July 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 36 Maria José Martínez-Patiño

Maria José Martínez-Patiño
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Famous As: Hurdler
Birthdate: July 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Unknown

 37 Angelica Bengtsson

Angelica Bengtsson
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Famous As: Pole vaulter
Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Väckelsång, Sweden

Angelica Bengtsson is a Swedish athlete who competes in track and field events with a specialization in the pole vault. In 2010, she became the first athlete to win the pole vault event at the first Summer Youth Olympics. The current national record holder, Bengtsson has won many medals, including bronze medals at the 2015 and 2017 European Indoor Championships.

 38 Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones
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Famous As: snowboarder
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol

British snowboarder Jenny Jones, especially known for winning Great Britain's first Olympic medal on the snow, rather than on ice, learned to ski before switching to snowboarding. Eventually she started representing her country in various international competitions, winning medals, making history by finishing third at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, earning a bronze medal in the women's slopestyle event.

 39 Asbel Kiprop

Asbel Kiprop
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

 40 Dario Gradi

Dario Gradi
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Famous As: Association football player, Manager, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan

Dario Gradi is an Italian-English former amateur football player turned coach and manager. He began his career playing as an amateur for several clubs before turning a coach cum manager. He was associated with Crewe Alexandra for more than 36 years in various capacities as a coach, manager, and director of football. He won the PFA Merit Award in 2004. 

 41 Mitch Evans

Mitch Evans
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland

 42 Joe Kovacs

Joe Kovacs
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

 43 Lalu Muhammad Zohri

Lalu Muhammad Zohri
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Lombok Regency North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

 44 Zharnel Hughes

Zharnel Hughes
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: July 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Valley, Anguilla

 45 Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander
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Famous As: triathlete
Birthdate: June 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney

Craig Alexander is an Australian former triathlete who won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship titles in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He is also a two-time Ironman 70.3 World Championship title winner. Since 2014, Craig Alexander has been working as a triathlon coach.

 46 Isabell Werth

Isabell Werth
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Famous As: Equestrian
Birthdate: July 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Issum, Germany

 47 James Hook

James Hook
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Talbot

Former rugby player James Hook remains Wales’s fourth-highest point-scorer. Post-retirement, he expressed his wish to serve as a coach. He has also become a children’s author with the series Chasing A Rugby Dream, the first book of which, Kick-off, is soon to be released, after a delay due to COVID-19.

 48 Anna Chicherova

Anna Chicherova
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Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: July 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yerevan

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also won medals at World Championships, which includes a gold and silver medal. She is the third female high jumper to win medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. She also holds the Russian national record (2.07 meters).

 49 Arthur Lydiard

Arthur Lydiard
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland
Died: December 11, 2004

 50 David Hemery

David Hemery
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cirencester, England

Born in England and raised in the U.S., David Hemery competed for England as a hurdler and won the 400m gold at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He also has two Commonwealth gold medals to his credit. He owns the charity 21st Century Legacy and has penned several books, including a memoir.