Athletes From California

California has produced a number of Athletes who have made it big. These include Allyson Felix, Dot Jones, Florence Griffith Joyner, Jack London, Jenna Prandini and others.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Florence Griffith Joyner
(Track and Field Athlete)

Florence Griffith Joyner
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Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

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Allyson Felix
(Track and field athlete)

Allyson Felix
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Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio

The most-decorated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix, once bullied for having skinny legs, now has a record 9 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she is also part of the board of Right to Play, which caters to children in underdeveloped countries.

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Allison Stokke
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Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries

Allison Stokke became an internet sensation after a few of her images went viral when she was 17. The talented high-school pole vaulter earned the 2011 All-American honors. She later gained more fame as a fitness model and a sex symbol than as a sportsperson. She also failed her Olympic trials.

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Dominique Moceanu
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Birthdate: September 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra

Gymnast Dominique Moceanu was part of the Magnificent Seven, the women’s team that won the gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After retiring, she has studied management and also penned a book. She also sued her father for misusing her earnings as a gymnast and won the case.

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Greg Louganis
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Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius

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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Dean Karnazes
(Ultramarathon runner)

Dean Karnazes
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Birthdate: August 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo

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.

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Dot Jones
(Actress)

Dot Jones
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Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Best known for her roles in Lizzie McGuire and Material Girls, arm-wrestler-cum-actress Dot-Marie Jones never aspired to become an actress. Instead she competed in shot put and power lifting, eventually becoming 15-time world arm wrestling champion. Discovered at a body-building tournament by Shirley Eson, she debuted on screen with Knights and Warriors, thereafter appearing in numerous films and television productions

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Bob Mathias
(Athlete)

Bob Mathias
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Birthdate: November 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 2, 2006
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Marion Jones
(Athlete)

Marion Jones
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Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra

Marion Jones became the first female athlete to win five track and field medals in a single Olympic game. She was, however, stripped of all her Olympic medals after she admitted to using steroids. She also spent 6 months in jail for being involved in a check-fraud case.

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Woody Strode
(Athlete)

Woody Strode
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Birthdate: July 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

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Carmelita Jeter
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

Carmelita Jeter
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Birthdate: November 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Alexi Pappas
(Filmmaker)

Alexi Pappas
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Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries

Alexi Pappas is a Greek-American runner, actor, writer, and filmmaker. In 2016, she set the national record for 10,000m at the Rio Olympics where she represented Greece. As a filmmaker, Alexi Pappas is credited with bankrolling and writing Olympic Dreams, the first fictional film to be shot in an Olympic village. 

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Marqise Lee
(American football player)

Marqise Lee
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Birthdate: November 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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James Lofton
(American football player, Coach)

James Lofton
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Birthdate: July 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer

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Jahvid Best
(American football player)

Jahvid Best
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Birthdate: January 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius

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Jenna Prandini
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Birthdate: November 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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George Atkinson III
(American football player)

George Atkinson III
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Birthdate: November 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 2, 2019

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Michael Norman
(He holds the world best time in the indoor 400 meters at 44.52 seconds)

Michael Norman
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Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Jamar Taylor
(American football player)

Jamar Taylor
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Birthdate: September 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra

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Christopher Bowman
(Olympic athlete)

Christopher Bowman
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Birthdate: March 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 10, 2008

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Tom Sims
(Athlete)

Tom Sims
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Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 12, 2012

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Lee Evans
(Former sprinter who won two gold medals in the 1968 Summer Olympics)

Lee Evans
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Birthdate: February 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 19, 2021

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Kelli White
(Sprinter)

Kelli White
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Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries

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George Yardley
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Birthdate: November 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 13, 2004

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Parry O'Brien
(Olympic Athlete)

Parry O'Brien
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Birthdate: January 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 21, 2007

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Andrew Howe
(Sprinter, Long jumper)

Andrew Howe
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Birthdate: May 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus

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Ewell Blackwell
(Baseball athlete)

Ewell Blackwell
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Birthdate: October 23, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 29, 1996

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Gianna Woodruff
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Birthdate: November 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio

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Mel Patton
(Olympic Athlete)

Mel Patton
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Birthdate: November 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: May 9, 2014

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Jack London
(Sprinter won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics)

Jack London
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Birthdate: January 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 2, 1966

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Jen Allred
(Athlete who competed in the women's marathon at the 1992 Summer Olympics)

Jen Allred
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Birthdate: December 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

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Robert Beck
(Pentathlete)

Robert Beck
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Birthdate: December 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 2, 2020

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Albert White
(Athlete)

Albert White
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Birthdate: May 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 8, 1982