Famous Latvian Sportspersons

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Kristaps Porzingis
(Basketball Player)
Kristaps Porzingis
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Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia

Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian basketball player who currently plays professional basketball at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he represents the Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 7’3, Porziņģis is one of the tallest players active in the NBA. Also an important player for his Latvian national team, Kristaps Porzingis won the Latvian Rising Star of the Year award in 2015.

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Mikhail Tal
(Chess Player)
Mikhail Tal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: June 28, 1992

Mikhail Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player. Widely regarded as one of the best attacking players and a creative genius, Tal was renowned for his unpredictability and improvisation. He was also known as the magician from Riga for his daring, combinatorial playing style. Since 2006, the Mikhail Tal Memorial has been annually held in Moscow to honor Tal's memory.

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Martins Licis
(Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jeļena Ostapenko
(Tennis player)
Jeļena Ostapenko
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Birthdate: June 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Mairis Briedis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Ernests Gulbis
(Tennis player)
Ernests Gulbis
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Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Misha Cirkunov
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Misha Cirkunov
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Birthdate: February 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

In school, Latvian-Canadian MMA fighter Misha Cirkunov excelled in many sports, such as swimming, judo, and basketball. After an unsuccessful stint as a gym owner, he chose mixed martial arts as a career option. The UFC fighter currently ranks 12th in the MMA light heavyweight rankings.

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Dāvis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dāvis Bertāns
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Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Rodions Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Rodions Kurucs
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Birthdate: February 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Anastasija Sevastova
(Tennis player)
Anastasija Sevastova
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Birthdate: April 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
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Alexei Shirov
(Chess player)
Alexei Shirov
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Birthdate: July 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jānis Timma
(Basketball player)
Jānis Timma
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Birthdate: July 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krāslava, Latvia
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Anžejs Pasečņiks
(Basketball player)
Anžejs Pasečņiks
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Birthdate: December 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Andris Biedriņš
(Basketball player)
Andris Biedriņš
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Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Zemgus Girgensons
(Ice hockey player)
Zemgus Girgensons
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Birthdate: January 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga
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Artūrs Irbe
(Ice hockey player - Goaltender)
Artūrs Irbe
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Birthdate: February 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Dairis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dairis Bertāns
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Birthdate: September 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Uljana Semjonova
(Basketball player)
Uljana Semjonova
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Birthdate: March 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
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Deniss Vasiļjevs
(Figure skater)
Deniss Vasiļjevs
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Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
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Konstantin Gluhov
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jānis Strēlnieks
(Basketball player)
Jānis Strēlnieks
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia
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Rebeka Koha
(Weightlifter)
Rebeka Koha
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Birthdate: May 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ventspils, Latvia
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Rolands Šmits
(Basketball player)
Rolands Šmits
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Birthdate: June 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Martins Dukurs
(Skeleton Racer)
Martins Dukurs
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Māris Verpakovskis
(Association football player)
Māris Verpakovskis
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepāja
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Dainis Krištopāns
(Handball player)
Dainis Krištopāns
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia
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Jānis Porziņģis
(Basketball player)
Jānis Porziņģis
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Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
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Artūrs Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Kurucs
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Birthdate: January 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Dana Reizniece-Ozola
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Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuldīga, Latvia
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Oleg Znarok
(Consultant of the Russia men's national ice hockey team)
Oleg Znarok
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Birthdate: January 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust'-Katav, Russia
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Sanita Puspure
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Birthdate: December 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Latvia
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Māris Štrombergs
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Yevgeny Marchenko
(Gymnastics Coach, Acrobatic gymnast)
Yevgeny Marchenko
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Birthdate: February 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latvia

Once a lanky kid, Yevgeny Marchenko was inspired by an acrobatic gymnastics program at his school and later pursued the sport as a career option. He later not only became a Soviet national champion, but also a 5-time World champion and a 4-time European champion. He also coached Carly Patterson.

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Kaspars Kambala
(Basketball player)
Kaspars Kambala
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Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Arkadij Naiditsch
(Chess player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Žanis Peiners
(Basketball player)
Žanis Peiners
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Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rēzekne, Latvia
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Ričards Bolotņiks
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Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Ainars Bagatskis
(Basketball player)
Ainars Bagatskis
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jānis Krūmiņš
(Basketball player)
Jānis Krūmiņš
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Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Raiskums Parish, Latvia
Died: November 20, 1994
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Toms Skujiņš
(Sport cyclist)
Toms Skujiņš
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Birthdate: June 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sigulda, Latvia
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Larisa Neiland
(Tennis player)
Larisa Neiland
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Birthdate: July 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukrainian
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Alexander Petersson
(Handball player)
Alexander Petersson
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Birthdate: July 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Igors Rausis
(Chess player)
Igors Rausis
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Birthdate: April 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alchevs'k, Ukraine
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Jānis Lūsis
(Athlete)
Jānis Lūsis
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Birthdate: May 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jelgava, Latvia
Died: April 29, 2020
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Valdis Valters
(Basketball player)
Valdis Valters
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Birthdate: August 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Raimonds Bergmanis
(Politician)
Raimonds Bergmanis
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Birthdate: July 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pļaviņas, Latvia
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Artūrs Žagars
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Žagars
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Birthdate: April 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Angelīna Kučvaļska
(Figure skater)
Angelīna Kučvaļska
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Birthdate: December 6, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saldus, Latvia
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Rihards Lomažs
(Basketball player)
Rihards Lomažs
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Birthdate: April 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tukums, Latvia
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Alexander Shabalov
(Chess player)
Alexander Shabalov
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Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia