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Carl Lewis
(American Track-and-Field Athlete Who Won Nine Olympic Gold Medals During the 1980s and 1990s)
Carl Lewis
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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.

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Wilma Rudolph
(Sprinter and First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals at the Single Olympics)
Wilma Rudolph
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Birthdate: June 23, 1940
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.

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Abebe Bikila
(First African to Win Olympic Gold Medal and First Athlete to Win Two Olympic Marathons Back-to-Back)
Abebe Bikila
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Birthdate: July 7, 1932
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: October 25, 1973

Ethiopian marathon runner, Abebe Bikil,a became the first black African Olympic gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Four years later, he won his second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He created world record both the times. A pioneer in long-distance running, he participated in a total of 16 marathons. 

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Aimee Mullins
(First Amputee to Compete Against Able-bodied Athletes in NCAA Events)
Aimee Mullins
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Birthdate: July 20, 1975
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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Helen Skelton
(Co-Presenter of the BBC Children's Program 'Blue Peter' and 'Countryfile')
Helen Skelton
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Birthdate: July 19, 1983
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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Wayde van Niekerk
(South African Track and Field Sprinter Who Competes in the 200 and 400 Metres)
Wayde van Niekerk
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Birthdate: July 15, 1992
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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Matt Miazga
(Association football player)
Matt Miazga
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Birthdate: July 19, 1995
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.

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Teemu Selänne
(Former Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Winger)
Teemu Selänne
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Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Birthplace: Helsinki

Teemu Selänne is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a winger. Dubbed the Finnish Flash, Teemu is the highest scoring player from Finland in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2017, he became only the second Finn after Jari Kurri to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Burak Yılmaz
(Football)
Burak Yılmaz
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Birthdate: July 15, 1985
Birthplace: Antalya, Turkey
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Michelle Jenneke
(Australian Hurdler and Model)
Michelle Jenneke
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Birthdate: June 23, 1993
Birthplace: Kenthurst, Australia

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.

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
(Only Track & Field Athlete to Win Individual Olympic Medals in Separate Running, Throwing and Jumping Events)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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Birthdate: June 26, 1911
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.

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Jamie Benn
(Canadian Ice-Hockey Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Jamie Benn
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Birthdate: July 18, 1989
Birthplace: Victoria
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Floyd Collins
(Explorer)
Floyd Collins
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Birthdate: July 20, 1887
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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Player Uno
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Player Uno
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Birthdate: July 20, 1987
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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Tia-Clair Toomey
(Weightlifter)
Tia-Clair Toomey
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Birthdate: July 22, 1993
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.

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Alexander Radulov
(Ice hockey player)
Alexander Radulov
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Birthdate: July 5, 1986
Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil
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Jarome Iginla
(Ice Hockey Winger)
Jarome Iginla
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Birthdate: July 1, 1977
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
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Billy Mills
(Officer, Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)
Billy Mills
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Birthdate: June 30, 1938
Birthplace: Pine Ridge
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Liu Xiang
(hurdler, athletics competitor)
Liu Xiang
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Birthdate: July 13, 1983
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.

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P. T. Usha
(Athletics competitor)
P. T. Usha
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Birthdate: June 27, 1964
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.

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Ron Turcotte
(Canadian Former Race Horse Jockey Who won the 'US Triple Crown' in 1973)
Ron Turcotte
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Birthdate: July 22, 1941
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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Lasse Virén
(Finnish Retired Athlete who Specialized in Long-distance Running)
Lasse Virén
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Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Birthplace: Myrskylä, Finland

Lasse Virén is a Finnish retired athlete who specialized in long-distance running. He is best known for his performance in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, where he won two gold medals at each Games. Lasse Virén is also known for winning a bronze medal at the 1974 European Championships in Rome.

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LaShawn Merritt
(American track and field athlete)
LaShawn Merritt
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Birthdate: June 27, 1986
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia
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Mary Peters
(athletics competitor)
Mary Peters
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Birthdate: July 6, 1939
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.  

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Loui Eriksson
(Ice hockey forward)
Loui Eriksson
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Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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.

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Will Stevens
(British Racing Driver and Former Formula One Driver)
Will Stevens
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Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom

British racing driver Will Stevens started his career with karts in 2003 and moved on to Formula Renault in 2008. He has driven for teams such as Manor-Ferrari and Caterham and has also been a test driver for Marussia. He has competed for the Belgian Audi team WRT, too.

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Joel Stransky
(Rugby union player)
Joel Stransky
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Birthdate: July 16, 1967
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.

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James Lofton
(American football player, Coach)
James Lofton
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Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Birthplace: California, United States
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
(Ice hockey player)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Birthdate: July 17, 1991
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.

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Dhanraj Pillay
(Field hockey player)
Dhanraj Pillay
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Birthdate: July 16, 1968
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.

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Mauro Prosperi
(Pentathlete)
Mauro Prosperi
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Birthdate: July 13, 1955
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Jenny Jones
(snowboarder)
Jenny Jones
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Birthdate: July 3, 1980
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.

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Pietro Mennea
(Athlete)
Pietro Mennea
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Birthdate: June 28, 1952
Birthplace: Barletta, Italy
Died: March 21, 2013
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Balian Buschbaum
(Pole vaulter)
Balian Buschbaum
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Birthdate: July 14, 1980
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
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Angelica Bengtsson
(Pole vaulter)
Angelica Bengtsson
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Birthdate: July 8, 1993
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.

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Mutaz Essa Barshim
(High jumper)
Mutaz Essa Barshim
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Birthdate: June 24, 1991
Birthplace: Doha, Qatar
Maria José Martínez-Patiño
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Birthdate: July 10, 1961
Birthplace: Unknown
 38 
Mitch Evans
(Racecar driver)
Mitch Evans
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Birthdate: June 24, 1994
Birthplace: Auckland

Mitch Evans is a New Zealand racing driver who won the GP3 Series in 2012. In 2011, he became the youngest racer to win an international Grand Prix when he won the NZ Grand Prix at the age of 16. Mitch Evans currently drives in Formula E for the Jaguar Racing team.

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Joe Kovacs
(Athlete)
Joe Kovacs
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Birthdate: June 28, 1989
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
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Dario Gradi
(Association football player, Manager, Association football manager)
Dario Gradi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1941
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. 

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Yuliya Stepanova
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Birthdate: July 3, 1986
Birthplace: Kursk, Russia
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Zharnel Hughes
(Sprinter)
Zharnel Hughes
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Birthdate: July 13, 1995
Birthplace: The Valley, Anguilla
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Isabell Werth
(Equestrian)
Isabell Werth
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Birthdate: July 21, 1969
Birthplace: Issum, Germany
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Lalu Muhammad Zohri
(Athletics competitor)
Lalu Muhammad Zohri
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Birthdate: July 1, 2000
Birthplace: North Lombok Regency North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Asbel Kiprop
(Athlete)
Asbel Kiprop
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Birthdate: June 30, 1989
Birthplace: Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
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Craig Alexander
(triathlete)
Craig Alexander
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Birthdate: June 22, 1973
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.

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Anna Chicherova
(Olympic athlete)
Anna Chicherova
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Birthdate: July 22, 1982
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).

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James Hook
(rugby union player)
James Hook
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Birthdate: June 27, 1985
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.

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Arthur Lydiard
(One of the Greatest Athletics Coaches of All Time)
Arthur Lydiard
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Birthdate: July 6, 1917
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: December 11, 2004

Arthur Lydiard was a New Zealand athlete and coach. He is credited with popularizing running as a sport and making it mainstream across the sporting world. Arthur Lydiard is also credited with coaching legendary athletes like Peter Snell, who won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics under Lydiard's tutelage.

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Brian Cody
(Hurling manager)
Brian Cody
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Birthdate: July 12, 1954
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Ireland