Athletes From Illinois

Illinois has produced a number of Athletes who have made it big. These include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Delilah DiCrescenzo, Betty Robinson, Phoebe Mills, Bob Richards and others.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces

The first to score over 7,000 points in the heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by many as one of the greatest female athletes ever. While in school, she excelled in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track, and also did well in studies. She later won three Olympic golds medals.

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Delilah DiCrescenzo
(Distance runner)

Delilah DiCrescenzo
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Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Delilah DiCrescenzo is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 3000 meters steeplechase. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Americas Cross Country Championships in 2009. Delilah DiCrescenzo is the subject of a hit song titled Hey There Delilah by the popular American rock band Plain White T's.

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Betty Robinson
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Birthdate: August 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 18, 1999

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Bob Richards
(Athlete)

Bob Richards
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Birthdate: February 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces

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Phoebe Mills
(Attorney, Athlete)

Phoebe Mills
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Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio

With a speed skater Olympian brother and a figure skater sister, Phoebe Mills stated out as a speed skater but later switched to gymnastics and ended up winning a bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She is also a talented diver and snowboarder and is now a lawyer, too.

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John Naber
(Athlete)

John Naber
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Birthdate: January 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius

John Naber is an American retired competitive swimmer, sports broadcaster, writer, and motivational speaker. Naber won four gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. A former world record-holder, Naber was honored with the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award in 1977. In 1982, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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Seun Adigun
(Hurdler, founded the Nigerian bobsled team)

Seun Adigun
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Birthdate: January 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Ira Murchison
(Athlete)

Ira Murchison
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Birthdate: February 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 28, 1994
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