Athletes From Illinois

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

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 1 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Famous As: Athlete
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.

 2 Delilah DiCrescenzo

Delilah DiCrescenzo
Famous As: Athletics competitor
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.

 3 Nils Lofgren

Nils Lofgren
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini

Nils Lofgren, the lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, had also been part of Crazy Horse, Neil Young's backing band. He had also formed his own band, Grin. While he mastered the accordion at 5 and learned the guitar and the piano by 15, he was also a talented gymnast.

 4 Betty Robinson

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

 5 Bob Richards

Bob Richards
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces

 6 Phoebe Mills

Phoebe Mills
Famous As: Attorney, Athlete
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.

 7 John Naber

John Naber
Famous As: Athlete
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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 8 Ira Murchison

Ira Murchison
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 28, 1994
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 9 Seun Adigun

Seun Adigun
Famous As: Hurdler, founded the Nigerian bobsled team
Birthdate: January 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn