Male Athletes

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Usain Bolt
(Olympic athlete)

Usain Bolt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
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).

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Jesse Owens
(Athlete)

Jesse Owens
10
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

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Mo Farah
(Athlete)

Mo Farah
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Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu
Long-distance runner Mo Farah shot to fame with his 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter wins at the 2012 London Olympics. The first athlete to score a quadruple double, Farah has won 10 major international titles. He became the European Athlete of the Year thrice and has also received the CBE.

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Jim Thorpe
(Athlete)

Jim Thorpe
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Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 1953

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

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Eliud Kipchoge
(Long-distance runner)

Eliud Kipchoge
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Birthdate: November 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, Kenya

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Carl Lewis
(Track and field athlete)

Carl Lewis
9
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Michael Johnson
(American olympic athlete)

Michael Johnson
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Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson remains the only man to win both the 200m and the 400m events in the same Olympics. He was the Track & Field News 1996 Athlete of the Year. In 2008, he returned his 2000 Olympic relay medal, as a teammate had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

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Tyson Gay
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

Tyson Gay
7
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

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Justin Gatlin
(Athlete)

Justin Gatlin
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Birthdate: February 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Five-time Olympic medalist and renowned sprinter Justin Gatlin is a specialist in the 100m and the 200m categories. In 2005, he became the first to win both the 100m and the 200m world titles. He was a childhood fan of Mike Tyson and had initially been a hurdler.

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Linford Christie
(Retired Sprinter)

Linford Christie
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Birthdate: April 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Andrew, Jamaica

Linford Christie is a Jamaican-born British former sprinter who won gold medals in the 100 meters at the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. He is one of the most highly decorated British athletes of all time. He was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1993. 

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Yohan Blake
(Athlete)

Yohan Blake
9
Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. James Parish, Jamaica

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Haile Gebrselassie
(Ethiopian running legend who won 10,000 meter gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics)

Haile Gebrselassie
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Birthdate: April 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Assela, Ethiopia

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Daley Thompson
(Decathlete)

Daley Thompson
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Birthdate: July 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
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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Eddie Hall
(Athlete)

Eddie Hall
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Birthdate: January 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK

Eddie Hall is a British former professional strongman who won the World's Strongest Man 2017 competition. Previously, he had won the UK's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man competitions many times. As a young man, he trained as a bodybuilder and entered the strongman circuit. He is the subject of the documentary titled Eddie: Strongman.

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Abebe Bikila
(Runner)

Abebe Bikila
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Birthdate: June 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
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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Wim Hof
(Athlete)

Wim Hof
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Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

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Donovan Bailey
(Former Sprinter)

Donovan Bailey
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Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, Jamaica

Donovan Bailey is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter. He once held the world record for the 100 meters and is considered the greatest Canadian sprinter of all time. Noted for his top speed, he became the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters. In 2004,  he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Antonio Rüdiger
(Footballer)

Antonio Rüdiger
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Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Sergey Bubka
(Pole Vaulter)

Sergey Bubka
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Birthdate: December 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine

Russian star pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka had started training at age 9. He soared to fame after winning the world championship in Finland at age 15 and later became the first to jump 6.1m. He won the 1988 Seoul Olympic gold and shattered the global men’s pole vault record 35 times.

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Milkha Singh
(Indian track and field athlete)

Milkha Singh
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Birthdate: November 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, India
Died: June 18, 2021

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

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Steve Prefontaine
(Long-distance Runner)

Steve Prefontaine
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Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coos Bay
Died: May 30, 1975

Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine had competed in only one Olympic, finishing fourth in the 5000m race in Munich. However, he had begun breaking records since high school and excelled in cross-country running. His tragic death in a car accident after attending a party ended his life and his sports dreams.

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Ben Johnson
(Sprinter)

Ben Johnson
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Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica

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Eric Liddell
(Rugby union player)

Eric Liddell
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Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 21, 1945

Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.

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Ashton Eaton
(Decathlete)

Ashton Eaton
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Birthdate: January 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

Two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton began his international career in 2008, winning his first international medal, a silver, at the 2011 World Championships. In the following year, he won two gold medals, one in Heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships and the other in Decathlon in London Olympic Games, defending his Olympic title four years later in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bob Beamon
(Known for His World Record in the Long Jump at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968)

Bob Beamon
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Birthdate: August 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York, United States

Bob Beamon is a former American track and field athlete who won the gold medal for the long jump at the 1968 Olympics. He created a world record in the process of winning the gold medal; the record was broken by Mike Powell almost 23 years later. Beamon was inducted into United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Jay Silverheels
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Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 5, 1980

Indigenous Canadian actor Jay Silverheels gained international popularity for playing Tonto, the Native American companion of the protagonist in the American western TV series The Lone Ranger. As a young man, he excelled in athletics and became a lacrosse player. He later quit sports to pursue acting. He bred and raced Standardbred horses as a hobby. 

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Paavo Nurmi
(Long-distance runner)

Paavo Nurmi
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Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

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Wayde van Niekerk
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Birthdate: July 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Dave Mirra
(Extreme sports athlete)

Dave Mirra
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Birthdate: April 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: February 4, 2016

Dave Mirra was an American BMX rider who set the X Games record for most medals won in BMX Freestyle. He was also a rallycross racer, competing alongside the Subaru Rally Team USA for many years. Dave Mirra committed suicide in 2016. Later that year, he was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame.

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Maurice Greene
(Track & Field Sprinter)

Maurice Greene
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Birthdate: July 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
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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Clarence Clemons
(Musicians)

Clarence Clemons
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Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: June 18, 2011

Clarence Clemons, also popular as The Big Man, gained fame as the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. While he joined the Maryland State College on both football and music scholarships, a car accident later ended his football dreams. He also had his own band, The Red Bank Rockers.

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Jim Kelly
(Athlete, Martial Artist, Actor)

Jim Kelly
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Birthdate: May 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 29, 2013

Athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly won hearts with his Afro hairstyle and his roles in action film such as Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones. Apart from films, he also excelled in karate, winning contests such as the International Middle Weight Karate Championship. He has also played professional tennis.

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Roger Bannister
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Birthdate: March 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harrow, England
Died: March 3, 2018

British middle-distance athlete and neurologist Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes. Before achieving such feat, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres during the 1952 Summer Olympics. In the medical field, Bannister became a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Matt Miazga
(Association football player)

Matt Miazga
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Birthdate: July 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Sebastian Coe
(Middle Distance Runner, Politician)

Sebastian Coe
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Birthdate: September 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith

Sebastian Coe is a politician and former athlete who represented Great Britain in two Olympic events. He won four Olympic medals including two gold medals as a middle-distance runner. In 2012, he was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. The same year, Coe was honored at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Armand Duplantis
(Pole vaulter)

Armand Duplantis
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Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Armand Duplantis is a Swedish pole vaulter. He currently holds the world indoor record with a height of 6.18 meters. When he was 15 years old, Duplantis won a gold medal at the 2015 World Youth Championships. He then went on to win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

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Edwin Moses
(Athletics competitor)

Edwin Moses
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Birthdate: August 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dayton

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Efren Reyes
(Pool player)

Efren Reyes
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Birthdate: August 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Angeles

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Teemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

Teemu Selänne
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Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

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Chris Hoy
(Sport cyclist, Racecar driver)

Chris Hoy
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Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh

Chris Hoy is a British racing driver and former track cyclist. A highly decorated Olympic cyclist, he is the recipient of six gold and one silver medals. He is also an 11-time World Champion. He announced his retirement from competitive cycling in 2013. He is also interested in motorsport and competed at the 2015 Race of Champions.

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Hicham El Guerrouj
(Middle-distance runner)

Hicham El Guerrouj
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Birthdate: September 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkane, Morocco

Moroccan former middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj is a four-time 1500m world champion. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador became the second athlete to win both the 1500m and 5000m titles in the same Olympics. He won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year thrice and holds many indoor and outdoor records.

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Phil Davis
(Mixed Martial Artist)

Phil Davis
4
Birthdate: September 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Mr. Wonderful Phil Davis is a popular American MMA fighter who represents Bellator MMA. He has previously been a four-time NCAA D-I All-American at Penn State and also boasts of a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had also excelled in tennis and cross-country running in his younger days.

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Andre De Grasse
(Sprinter)

Andre De Grasse
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Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

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Breaux Greer
(Javelin throw Athlete)

Breaux Greer
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Birthdate: October 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Retired American javelin thrower Breaux Greer holds a national record in the sport. The three-time Olympian earned the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Japan and has been a US National Championship eight times. He is married to actor Katy Mixon and is a father of two.

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Daniil Kvyat
(Racecar driver)

Daniil Kvyat
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Birthdate: April 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ufa

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Greg Louganis
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Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States

Greg Louganis was born to high-school students and was raised by his adoptive parents. Before becoming a renowned diver, he had studied drama and excelled in dance and gymnastics. The four-time Olympic gold medalist is HIV-positive and an LGBT icon. His memoir, Breaking the Surface, was made into a TV movie.

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Alun Wyn Jones
(Rugby union player)

Alun Wyn Jones
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Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swansea

Alun Wyn Jones is a Welsh rugby union player who is currently playing for the Ospreys. Jones is the current captain of the Wales national rugby team and has helped his team win  five Six Nations Championships. He has also won other important trophies, such as three Grand Slams, four Triple Crowns, three Doddie Weir Cups, and four Prince William Cups.

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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
(Coach, Athletic)

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
4
Birthdate: December 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sil'di, Russia
Died: July 3, 2020

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Peter Norman
(Athletics competitor, Sprinter)

Peter Norman
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Birthdate: June 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 3, 2006

Peter Norman was an Australian athlete who won a silver medal in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He is remembered for supporting fellow athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos by wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge during their medal ceremony; he is the third athlete seen in the popular Olympics Black Power salute photograph.

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Dean Karnazes
(Ultramarathon runner)

Dean Karnazes
4
Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, U.S.

Dean Karnazes began running for fun while in kindergarten; taking diversionary routes while returning home from school. Slowly, he started taking it more seriously, running a marathon to the South Pole in 2002, embarking on the Endurance 50: 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days in 2006.  Currently a businessperson, he has also written a book on marathon.