Leo Athletes

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 1 Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Birthplace: Sherwood Content, Jamaica

One of the greatest athletes ever, Usain Bolt is popular by the nickname ‘Lightning Bolt’. He holds the world record for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay and is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).

 2 Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay
Famous As: Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Birthplace: Lexington

Born into an athletic family, Tyson Gay naturally developed an interest in sports. One of the fastest sprinters in both the 100m and the 200m categories, he was part of the 2016 Olympic relay team that was stripped of its medal for breaking game rules.

 3 Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson
Famous As: Decathlete
Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Daley Thompson is a British former athlete who specialized in decathlon. He has won gol medals in decathlon at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. He also broke the world record for decathlon on four occasions. He also won three Commonwealth titles and is regarded as the greatest decathlete ever. 

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 4 Maurice Greene

Maurice Greene
Famous As: Track & Field Sprinter
Birthdate: July 23, 1974
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

Maurice Greene is a former track and field athlete and a former world record holder in 100-metre dash. Greene won four Olympic medals, including two gold medals, representing the United States of America in two Olympic Games. Maurice Greene also has five gold medals at the World Athletics Championships under his belt.

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 5 Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones
Famous As: Hurdler
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

While she believes missing out on the gold medal at the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was her most painful experience, American hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones is still quite a star. She has penned a memoir and has also appeared on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother.

 6 Kerri Walsh Jennings

Kerri Walsh Jennings
Famous As: Beach Volleyball player
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

American beach-volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings was born to a baseball player father and a volleyball player mother, and was naturally drawn toward sports. She later attended Stanford on a sports scholarship and won three gold medals at the Olympics. She is married to fellow beach-volleyball player Casey Jennings

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 7 Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel
Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Simone Manuel is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming, She achieved this feat at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She started swimming at the age of four and swam across the pool on her second day of swim lessons.At the 2016 Olympics, she won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley.

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 8 Johnny Gaudreau

Johnny Gaudreau
Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: August 13, 1993
Birthplace: Carneys Point Township, New Jersey

Johnny Gaudreau, or Johnny Hockey, is the son of Guy Gaudreau and had learned playing ice hockey by following a trail of Skittles candy at the ice arena his father headed. Now part of the NHL team Calgary Flames, he has also won a gold at the World Junior Championships.

 9 Suzy Favor Hamilton

Suzy Favor Hamilton
Famous As: Athletics competitor, Call girl
Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Birthplace: Stevens Point

Suzy Favor Hamilton is a former middle-distance runner who participated in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics, representing the USA. Favor broke many hearts when she turned to prostitution which in turn ended her career as an athlete. She claimed mental illness as the reason for her downfall and is currently serving as a speaker at mental health conferences.

 10 Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Famous As: Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Winner of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a former wheelchair racer, who won the London Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records. Also a successful television personality and patron of numerous charities, she was created a Life Peer in 2010 and made Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in Stockton-On-Tees.

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 11 Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar
Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 7, 1958
Birthplace: Havana

Alberto Salazar is an American former long-distance runner who won the silver medal at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Rome, Italy. After his retirement from the sport, Salazar served as the head coach for the Nike Oregon Project and received the 2013 IAAF Coaching Achievement Award in Monaco. He was later banned for doping and sexual offenses.

 12 Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Birthplace: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

 13 Mary Decker

Mary Decker
Famous As: Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Birthplace: Flemington

 14 Rafer Johnson

Rafer Johnson
Famous As: Former athlete and actor, who won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Texas, United States
Died: December 2, 2020

 15 Jan Frodeno

Jan Frodeno
Famous As: Triathlete
Birthdate: August 18, 1981
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 16 Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou
Famous As: Athlete, Sports Administrator
Birthdate: August 9, 1946
Birthplace: Garoua, Cameroon
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 17 Woody Strode

Woody Strode
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: July 25, 1914
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 31, 1994

One of the first Black football players of the NFL, Woody Strode was also a talented decathlete. He had dabbled in professional wrestling, too, but later gained fame solely for his film roles, such as that of gladiator Draba in Spartacus, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.

 18 Sonya Thomas

Sonya Thomas
Famous As: Competitive eater
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Birthplace: Gunsan-si, South Korea
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 19 Shizo Kanakuri

Shizo Kanakuri
Famous As: Marathon runner, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 20, 1891
Birthplace: Tamana
Died: November 13, 1983

 20 Amos Alonzo Stagg

Amos Alonzo Stagg
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 16, 1862
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 17, 1965
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 21 Mijain Lopez

Mijain Lopez
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: August 20, 1982
Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

 22 Lieke Klaver

Lieke Klaver
Famous As: Sprint racer
Birthdate: August 20, 1998
Birthplace: Velsen, Netherlands
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 23 Shannon Moore

Shannon Moore
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 27, 1979
Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States

Wrestler Shannon Moore is known for his stints with the WCW, the WWE, and TNA. Loved for his trademark moves such as the Twist of Fate, he is also a talented musician who composes his own entry music and owns a band named Peroxwhy?gen with fellow wrestler Jeff Hardy.

 24 Clifton Wrottesley

Clifton Wrottesley
Famous As: Sportsman
Birthdate: August 10, 1968
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Born into an aristocratic family, Clifton Wrottesley was the son of a former ice racer. The talented skeleton racer has also competed for the British and Irish bobsleigh teams. His fourth rank at the 2002 Winter Olympics has been Ireland’s best in the game. He also trades in wine and property.

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 25 Glenn Cunningham

Glenn Cunningham
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 4, 1909
Birthplace: Atlanta, Kansas, United States
Died: March 10, 1988

 26 Anita Wlodarczyk

Anita Wlodarczyk
Famous As: Hammer thrower
Birthdate: August 8, 1985
Birthplace: Rawicz, Poland

 27 Dave Wottle

Dave Wottle
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 7, 1950
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

Dave Wottle is an American former track and field athlete who specialized in middle-distance running events. Wottle is best known for winning the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, competing in the 800-meter run. Dave Wottle used to wear a golf cap while running; it later became his signature style.

 28 Harold Ballard

Harold Ballard
Famous As: Player of Canadian football
Birthdate: July 30, 1903
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: April 11, 1990
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 29 Dave Sime

Dave Sime
Famous As: Former Sprinter Multi-Sport Athlete, and a Pioneering Ophthalmologist.
Birthdate: July 25, 1936
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 12, 2016

 30 Laura Dahlmeier

Laura Dahlmeier
Famous As: Biathlete
Birthdate: August 22, 1993
Birthplace: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

 31 Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald
Famous As: Hurler Manager
Birthdate: August 2, 1971
Birthplace: Sixmilebridge, Ireland

 32 Mariya Savinova

Mariya Savinova
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 13, 1985
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

 33 Oliver Rowland

Oliver Rowland
Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 10, 1992
Birthplace: Sheffield

Oliver Rowland began his racing career with karting at age 7. With enough funding from the Racing Steps Foundation, he later stepped into single-seater racing. He now competes in Formula E with Mahindra Racing and has also represented teams such as Nissan e.dams.

 34 Lawrence Cherono

Lawrence Cherono
Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: August 7, 1988
Birthplace: Eldoret, Kenya

 35 Tarjei Bo

Tarjei Bo
Famous As: Biathlete
Birthdate: July 29, 1988
Birthplace: Lillehammer, Norway

Tarjei Bo is a Norwegian biathlete best known for winning three Olympic gold medals, which include two medals at the 2022 Olympics. He also has two silver medals and a bronze Olympic medal under his belt. The older brother of Johannes Thingnes Bø, Tarjei Bo has also won 11 gold, two silver, and eight bronze medals at the World Championships.

 36 Nick Easter

Nick Easter
Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Birthplace: Epsom

English rugby player Nick Easter made his debut for England against Italy in 2007. He has also played for Orrell and Harlequins. The brother of retired rugby player Mark Easter, he is known for making the infamous remark “That's £35,000 down the toilet” after England's 2011 World Cup defeat to France.

 37 Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: August 19, 1985
Birthplace: Huddersfield

British motorcycle racer Tom Sykes began his career with the British Supersport Championship. He later represented WorldSBK and Kawasaki, and eventually moved on to the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team in 2019. He was inspired to join motorcycle racing by his grandfather, who lent him his 600cc Ninja for weekend races.

 38 Anna Geary

Anna Geary
Famous As: Camogie player
Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 39 André Schubert

André Schubert
Famous As: Former Footballer midfielder
Birthdate: July 24, 1971
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany

 40 Grit Šadeiko

Grit Šadeiko
Famous As: Heptathlete
Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Birthplace: Saku, Estonia

 41 Cindy Klassen

Cindy Klassen
Famous As: Speed Skater
Birthdate: August 12, 1979
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

 42 Justin Marshall

Justin Marshall
Famous As: Television presenter, Entrepreneur, Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 5, 1973
Birthplace: Gore

 43 Charles Eugster

Charles Eugster
Famous As: Track and field athlete
Birthdate: July 26, 1919
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 26, 2017

Once a dentist, Charles Eugster stunned the world when he took to sprinting at age 95. In fact, he participated in age-group rowing in his 60s, winning countless gold medals, and also took up body building in his 80s. He penned his memoir, Age is Just a Number, at 97.

 44 Fu Mingxia

Fu Mingxia
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 16, 1978
Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Fu Mingxia is a Chinese retired diver who won the platform-diving world championship title at the age of 12, becoming the youngest diving champion of all time. She is also one of the youngest diving champions at the Olympics, she won a gold medal at the age of 13 in Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Fu finished her career with four Olympic gold medals and two World Championships.

 45 Hasely Crawford

Hasely Crawford
Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Birthplace: San Fernando

 46 Oliver St. John Gogarty

Oliver St. John Gogarty
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 17, 1878
Birthplace: Parnell Square West, Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 22, 1957

 47 Sally Gunnell

Sally Gunnell
Famous As: Hurdler
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Birthplace: Chigwell, Essex, England

 48 Yomif Kejelcha

Yomif Kejelcha
Famous As: Long-distance running
Birthdate: August 1, 1997
Birthplace: Oromia, Ethiopia

 49 Charley Paddock

Charley Paddock
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 11, 1900
Birthplace: Gainesville, Texas, United States
Died: July 21, 1943

 50 Oliver Mintzlaff

Oliver Mintzlaff
Famous As: Football official
Birthdate: August 19, 1975
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany