Famous Jewish Athletes Of All Time

Jewish athletes have achieved several milestones in the past few decades and have played pivotal roles in the successes of their teams. Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg were two former Baseball players who represented the teams ‘Los Angeles Dodgers’ and ‘Detroit Tigers’ respectively. Koufax contributed as a pitcher to his team for a period of eleven years and played 12 seasons before hanging his boots. Mark Spitz is an American swimmer of Jewish descent who made the USA proud at the 1972 Olympic Games. He alone bagged around seven medals at the event, a feat which took many sports lovers and critics by surprise. Dara Torres, Sue Bird, Sasha Cohen and Lenny Krayzelburg are a few other famous Jewish athletes.
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Sandy Koufax
(One of the Greatest Pitchers in Baseball History)
Sandy Koufax
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Baseball left-handed pitcher Sanford Koufax played for the MLB team Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 seasons. He was the youngest Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and the first three-time Cy Young Award winner. He skipped pitching for a 1965 World Series game because it fell on Jewish festival Yom Kippur.

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Harold Abrahams
( Olympic Champion in 1924 in the 100 metres Sprint)
Harold Abrahams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Died: January 14, 1978

English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.

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Dara Torres
(Swimmer, Model)
Dara Torres
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beverly Hills

Dara Torres is an American retired competitive swimmer. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Torres won four gold medals in three different Olympic Games. In 2008, she became the first swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games, representing the United States. At the age of 41, Dara Torres was also the oldest swimmer to be a part of the U.S. Olympic team. 

 4 
Alix Klineman
(American Beach Volleyball and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Alix Klineman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan Beach, California, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Taylor Fritz
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Taylor Fritz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 6 
Dan Gilbert
(Businessperson)
Dan Gilbert
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Nicolás Massú
(Chilean Former Professional Tennis Player)
Nicolás Massú
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 8 
Aaron Murray
(American football player)
Aaron Murray
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 9 
Steve Yeager
(Baseball player)
Steve Yeager
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Matt Turner
(American Professional Soccer Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Matt Turner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Park Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Nate Ebner
(American Football Safety and Special Teamer)
Nate Ebner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jason Lezak
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jason Lezak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Apart from winning 8 Olympic medals, of which 4 were gold medals, Jason Lezak also showed a keen interest in other sports such as basketball, water polo, and soccer, in his initial days. Post-retirement, he and his wife, fellow Olympian Danielle DeAlva began coaching children. He is also a motivational speaker.

 13 
Diego Schwartzman
(Argentine Tennis Player Who Has Been a World Number 8 in Singles)
Diego Schwartzman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman has been a world number 8 in singles and 39 in doubles. With a height of 5’ 7”, he is considered shorter than most of his peers but is known for his control and timing on the field. He is fond of the clay court.

 14 
Arthur Marx
(American Writer and Son of Entertainer Groucho Marx and His First Wife, Ruth Johnson)
Arthur Marx
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 2011
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Mike Katz
(Former American IFBB Professional Bodybuilder)
Mike Katz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ilana Kloss
(Former South African Professional Tennis Player)
Ilana Kloss
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Former professional tennis player, Ilana Kloss is also a tennis coach, and commissioner of World TeamTennis, since 2001. She was the World's No. 1 ranked doubles player in 1976 and World No. 19 in singles in the year 1979. Born in Johannesburg, the Jewish player won the US Open doubles and mixed doubles championship on the 35-and-over tour, in 1999. 

 17 
Rebecca Soni
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Breaststroke Specialist Who is a Six-Time Olympic Medalist)
Rebecca Soni
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Freehold, New Jersey, United States

The winner of 6 Olympic medals, 3 of which were gold medals, swimmer Rebecca Soni is a breaststroke specialist. She also became the first female swimmer to complete the breaststroke event in less than 2:20 minutes. Initially trained as a gymnast, she had switched to swimming at age 10.

 18 
Shawn Green
(Baseball player)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 19 
Greg Joseph
(South African Professional American Football Placekicker)
Greg Joseph
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

South African-American footballer Greg Joseph is a well-known placekicker for the NFL team Minnesota Vikings. Born in Johannesburg, he moved with his family to Florida at age 7. He started his professional career with the Miami Dolphins and later also played for the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Rowdy Tellez
(Baseball player)
Rowdy Tellez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Imi Lichtenfeld
(Martial artist)
Imi Lichtenfeld
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 9, 1998
 22 
Chaim Bloom
(Sports executive)
Chaim Bloom
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has also been part of the operations at Tampa Bay Rays for 15 years and penned the Rays Way player development manual. He is also a Yale graduate, with a degree in Latin Classics and was part of the university’s a cappella group.

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Lyle Alzado
(American Football Player)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 14, 1992
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 24 
Mitch Gaylord
(American Gymnast, Actor, and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Mitch Gaylord
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

Apart from being an Olympic gold medalist, US gymnast Mitch Gaylord also experimented with acting. He scripted history by becoming the first gymnast from the US to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics. He later starred in American Anthem and worked as a stunt double in Batman Forever.

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Irina Slutskaya
(Russian Former Figure Skater)
Irina Slutskaya
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Brad Gilbert
(American Tennis Coach and Former Professional Tennis Player)
Brad Gilbert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jed Hoyer
(Sports Administrator)
Jed Hoyer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States

Chicago Cubs baseball operations president Jed Hoyerhas also been associated with the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox. His tenure saw the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. While at Wesleyan University, he was already following his passion, baseball, as part of the Bourne Braves.

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Doug Gottlieb
(Sports Commentator)
Doug Gottlieb
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Birthdate: January 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Madison Brengle
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Madison Brengle
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dover, Delaware, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Shaun Tomson
(South African Professional Surfer)
Shaun Tomson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
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Jeffrey Loria
(Baseball player, Art dealer)
Jeffrey Loria
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Helene Mayer
(German Fencer Who Won the Gold Medal at the 1928 Olympics)
Helene Mayer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Offenbach am Main, Germany
Died: October 10, 1953
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 33 
Joe Gold
(American Bodybuilder and Founder of Gold’s Gym and World Gym)
Joe Gold
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 11, 2004
 34 
Ramona Shelburne
(American Sportswriter and Softball Player)
Ramona Shelburne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Sasha Meneghel
(Brazilian Model and Actress)
Sasha Meneghel
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Birthdate: July 28, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sasha Meneghel is a Brazilian model and actress best known as the daughter of famous TV host Xuxa Meneghel and businessman Luciano Szafir. Sasha Meneghel achieved popularity minutes after her birth as the event was documented and aired on Jornal Nacional. She then started appearing on TV programs hosted by her mother and established herself as a model and actress. 

 36 
Carroll Rosenbloom
(American football player)
Carroll Rosenbloom
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: April 2, 1979
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 37 
Maria Gorokhovskaya
(Ukrainian Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Maria Gorokhovskaya
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yevpatoria
Died: July 7, 2001
 38 
Jay Fiedler
(American football player)
Jay Fiedler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 39 
Noah Rubin
(American Former Professional Tennis Player Who was Former Wimbledon Junior Singles Champion and Usta Junior National Champion)
Noah Rubin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Merrick, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Matthew Centrowitz Jr.
(American Middle-Distance Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Matthew Centrowitz Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beltsville, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 41 
Sada Jacobson
(American Fencer and Olympic Medalist)
Sada Jacobson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Aaron Krickstein
(Tennis player)
Aaron Krickstein
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 43 
Andre Spitzer
(Israeli Fencing Master and Coach of Israel’s 1972 Summer Olympics Team)
Andre Spitzer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania
Died: September 6, 1972

Andre Spitzer was a fencing master who served as the coach of Israel's 1972 Summer Olympics team. He served in the Israeli Air Force before studying fencing at Israel's National Sport Academy. He became Israel’s top fencing instructor at the age of 27. He was killed in the terrorist attack known as the Munich massacre.  

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Amy Alcott
(American Professional Golfer)
Amy Alcott
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Danny Valencia
(Baseball player)
Danny Valencia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Gai Assulin
(Israeli Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger / an Attacking Midfielder)
Gai Assulin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nahariyya, Israel
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ken Holtzman
(Baseball player)
Ken Holtzman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Justin Gimelstob
(American Tennis Player)
Justin Gimelstob
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Ben Sahar
(Israeli Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Ben Sahar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holon, Israel

Ben Sahar is an Israeli football player who plays for the Israel national team and Maccabi Haifa Football Club. A striker, Sahar helped Maccabi Haifa win the 2021 Israel Super Cup as well as the Toto Cup. He has also represented other popular teams like Chelsea FC and Hapoel Tel Aviv, helping the latter win the 2010 Israel State Cup.

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Ryan Lavarnway
(Baseball player)
Ryan Lavarnway
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)