Famous Latvian Sportspersons

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Kristaps Porzingis
(Latvian Professional 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
(Soviet-Latvian Chess Player Who Became the Youngest World Chess Champion at the age of 23)
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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Dāvis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dāvis Bertāns
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Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Martins Licis
(Latvian-American Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Mairis Briedis
(Boxer)
Mairis Briedis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jeļena Ostapenko
(Latvian Professional Tennis Player)
Jeļena Ostapenko
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Birthdate: June 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ernests Gulbis
(Latvian Professional Tennis Player)
Ernests Gulbis
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Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Anastasija Sevastova
(Latvian Professional Tennis Player)
Anastasija Sevastova
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Birthdate: April 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Rodions Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Rodions Kurucs
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Birthdate: February 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Alexei Shirov
(Latvian and Spanish Chess Player)
Alexei Shirov
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Birthdate: July 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Martins Dukurs
(Latvian Skeleton Racer)
Martins Dukurs
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Andris Biedriņš
(Basketball player)
Andris Biedriņš
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Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Jānis Timma
(Basketball player)
Jānis Timma
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Birthdate: July 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krāslava, Latvia
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Arkadij Naiditsch
(Azerbaijani Chess Player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, 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
Height: 7'2" (218 cm)
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Zemgus Girgensons
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Zemgus Girgensons
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Birthdate: January 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Dairis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dairis Bertāns
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Birthdate: September 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Artūrs Irbe
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Coach and Former Goaltender)
Artūrs Irbe
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Birthdate: February 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Māris Verpakovskis
(Latvian Retired Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Māris Verpakovskis
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Jānis Šmēdiņš
(Latvian Beach Volleyball Player)
Jānis Šmēdiņš
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Birthdate: July 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuldīga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Jeļena Prokopčuka
(Latvian Long-Distance Runner)
Jeļena Prokopčuka
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Birthdate: September 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Ainārs Kovals
(Latvian Athlete)
Ainārs Kovals
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Birthdate: November 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Igor Kovalenko
(Ukrainian Chess Grandmaster)
Igor Kovalenko
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Birthdate: December 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Novomoskovs'k, Ukraine
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Deniss Vasiļjevs
(Figure skater)
Deniss Vasiļjevs
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Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Uljana Semjonova
(Basketball player)
Uljana Semjonova
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Birthdate: March 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Zigismunds Sirmais
(Latvian Javelin Thrower)
Zigismunds Sirmais
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Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rīga, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Vadims Vasiļevskis
(Latvian Javelin Thrower)
Vadims Vasiļevskis
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Birthdate: January 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jānis Porziņģis
(Basketball player)
Jānis Porziņģis
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Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Jānis Strēlnieks
(Basketball player)
Jānis Strēlnieks
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Elmārs Zemgalis
(Latvian-American Chess Master and Mathematics Professor at Highline College)
Elmārs Zemgalis
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Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 8, 2014
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Rolands Šmits
(Basketball player)
Rolands Šmits
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Birthdate: June 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Ēriks Rags
(Latvian Javelin Thrower)
Ēriks Rags
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ventspils, Latvia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Konstantin Gluhov
(Latvian Heavyweight Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
Konstantin Gluhov
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Gatis Čakšs
(Latvian Javelin Thrower)
Gatis Čakšs
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Birthdate: June 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Līvāni, Latvia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dainis Krištopāns
(Handball player)
Dainis Krištopāns
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Artūrs Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Kurucs
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Birthdate: January 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Rebeka Koha
(Weightlifter)
Rebeka Koha
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Birthdate: May 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ventspils, Latvia
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Viktors Ščerbatihs
( Latvian Former Weightlifter & Politician)
Viktors Ščerbatihs
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Birthdate: October 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dobele, Latvia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Oleg Znarok
(Latvian Professional Ice Hockey Centre and Coach)
Oleg Znarok
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Birthdate: January 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust'-Katav, Russia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Māris Štrombergs
(BMX racer)
Māris Štrombergs
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Sanita Puspure
(Rower)
Sanita Puspure
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Birthdate: December 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Latvia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ainars Bagatskis
(Basketball player)
Ainars Bagatskis
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Dana Reizniece-Ozola
(Latvian Chess Player and Former Minister of Finance of Latvia)
Dana Reizniece-Ozola
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Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuldīga, 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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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
Height: 7'3" (221 cm)
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Ričards Bolotņiks
(Boxer)
Ričards Bolotņiks
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Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Larisa Neiland
(Retired Russian Tennis Player)
Larisa Neiland
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Birthdate: July 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukrainian
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Žanis Peiners
(Basketball player)
Žanis Peiners
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Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rēzekne, Latvia
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Jānis Blūms
(Basketball player)
Jānis Blūms
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Birthdate: April 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saldus, Latvia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Alexander Petersson
(Icelandic Retired Handball Player Who Played as a Right Back)
Alexander Petersson
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Birthdate: July 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Alexander Petersson is a Latvian-born Icelandic retired handball player who represented the Icelandic men's national team from 2005 to 2021. In 2008, he helped his national team win the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2010, Alexander Petersson was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the European Championship in Austria.