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Mark Henry
(Weightlifter, Powerlifter)
Mark Henry
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Birthdate: June 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Silsbee, Texas, United States

Mark Henry is an American powerlifter, strongman, Olympic weightlifter, and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearance in WWE, where he was often referred to as the world's strongest man. In 2018, he was made an inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. A three-time USA National Weightlifting Champion, Henry holds several weightlifting records.

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Martins Licis
(Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Tony Atlas
(Bodybuilder)
Tony Atlas
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Birthdate: April 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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Lasha Talakhadze
(Weightlifter)
Lasha Talakhadze
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Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sachkhere, Georgia
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Hidilyn Diaz
(Weightlifter)
Hidilyn Diaz
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Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamboanga City, Philippines
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Naim Suleymanoglu
(Bulgarian World Champion Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Naim Suleymanoglu
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Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017

Nicknamed The Pocket Hercules for his 4’10” frame, Bulgarian weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu was one of the world’s greatest in the sport. While he initially won 2 World Championships for Bulgaria, he later won 3 Olympic gold medals and 5 World Championships for Turkey. He has also joined the Nationalist Movement Party.

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Luke Stoltman
(Strength athlete)
Luke Stoltman
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Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Invergordon, Scotland
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Sara Sigmundsdóttir
(Icelandic Weightlifter Who Has Been Placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games Twice)
Sara Sigmundsdóttir
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Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Icelandic weightlifter and CrossFit athlete Sara Sigmundsdóttir was placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games twice. She has also won the 2016 Dubai Fitness Championship and appeared in the documentary Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness. She now works as a trainer at CrossFit Sudurnes in Reykjanesbaer.

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Ken Patera
(Professional wrestler, Weightlifter, Strongman)
Ken Patera
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Birthdate: November 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Harold Sakata
(Weightlifter, Actor)
Harold Sakata
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Birthdate: July 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holualoa, Hawaii, United States
Died: July 29, 1982
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Tommy Kono
(Weightlifter)
Tommy Kono
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Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: April 24, 2016
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Lü Xiaojun
(Weightlifter)
Lü Xiaojun
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hubei, China

Apart from being a 5-time world champion, Lü Xiaojun is also a 2-time Olympic gold medalist. His gold win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, at 37, made him the oldest weightlifter to achieve the feat. He also won a silver at the Rio Olympics. He is married to fellow world-class weightlifter Guo Xiyan.

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Jeremy Buendia
(Bodybuilder)
Jeremy Buendia
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Birthdate: October 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roseville, California, United States
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Vasily Alekseyev
(Weightlifter)
Vasily Alekseyev
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Birthdate: January 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died: November 25, 2011
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Dmitry Klokov
(Weightlifter)
Dmitry Klokov
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Birthdate: February 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Balashikha, Russia
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David Prowse
(Bodybuilder)
David Prowse
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Birthdate: July 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK
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Pyrros Dimas
(One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All Time and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Pyrros Dimas
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Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Himarë, Albania

Pyrros Dimas is a Greek politician who represented the Panhellenic Socialist Movement between 2012 and 2015. A former weightlifter, Dimas is counted among the greatest weightlifters of all time. Having won three gold medals in Olympic Games, Pyrros Dimas is the most successful Greek athlete in the history of the Olympics. He also won three gold medals in World Championships.

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Matthias Steiner
(Austrian-German Former Weightlifter)
Matthias Steiner
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Birthdate: August 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Matthias Steiner is a Austrian-German former weightlifter best known for winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He also won a silver medal at the World Championships as well as two silver medals at the European Championships during his career.

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Tia-Clair Toomey
(Weightlifter)
Tia-Clair Toomey
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Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.

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Paul Anderson
(Weightlifter, Powerlifter)
Paul Anderson
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Birthdate: October 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Died: August 15, 1994
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April Hunter
(Wrestler)
April Hunter
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Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, United States
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Kjell Nilsson
(Actor, Weightlifter)
Kjell Nilsson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
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Fares El-Bakh
(Weightlifter)
Fares El-Bakh
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Birthdate: June 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Qatar
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Jang Mi-ran
(Weightlifter)
Jang Mi-ran
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Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gangwon, South Korea
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Ilya Ilyin
(Weightlifter)
Ilya Ilyin
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Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
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Karnam Malleswari
(Weightlifter)
Karnam Malleswari
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Behdad Salimi
(Weightlifter)
Behdad Salimi
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Birthdate: December 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ghaemshahr, Mazandaran, Iran

Former Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi is not just an Olympic gold medalist but has also won gold medals at the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, and the World Championships. Known as the Iranian Hercules, he was once dismissed for criticizing coach Kourosh Bagheri for using abusive language.

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Ed Corney
(Model, Bodybuilder)
Ed Corney
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Birthdate: November 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hawaii
Died: January 1, 2019
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Lidia Valentín
(Weightlifter)
Lidia Valentín
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Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponferrada, Spain
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Yossef Romano
(Former Israeli Weightlifter Who was Killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre)
Yossef Romano
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya
Died: September 5, 1972

Yossef Romano was an Israeli weightlifter who competed in the 1972 Munich Oympics in West Germany. An Israeli weight-lifting champion for nine years, Romano was among the 11 Israeli team members who were killed in the 1972 Munich massacre, an attack by a terrorist group named Black September. Romano was 32 years old at the time of his death.

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Ric Drasin
(Actor, Wrestler)
Ric Drasin
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Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States
Died: August 30, 2020
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Kianoush Rostami
(Weightlifter)
Kianoush Rostami
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Birthdate: July 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has 2 Olympic medals in his kitty, one of them being a gold medal. He is also an Asian Champion and a 2-time World Champion. In 2017, he auctioned his Olympic gold medal to raise money for the victims of a devastating earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border.

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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
(Weightlifter)
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
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Birthdate: August 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Imphal East district
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Vince Gironda
(Bodybuilder, Writer)
Vince Gironda
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Birthdate: November 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: October 18, 1999
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Sarah Robles
(Weightlifter)
Sarah Robles
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Tatiana Kashirina
(Weightlifter)
Tatiana Kashirina
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Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Noginsk, Russia
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Bruce Wilhelm
(Weightlifter)
Bruce Wilhelm
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Birthdate: July 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California, United States
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Holley Mangold
(Weightlifter)
Holley Mangold
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Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio, United States
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Hossein Rezazadeh
(Iranian Politician and One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All Time)
Hossein Rezazadeh
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Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ardabil, Iran

Hossein Rezazadeh is an Iranian politician. Also a former weightlifter, he is a two-time Olympic champion and four-time World Weightlifting champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. The Rezazadeh Stadium was built in his honor. He entered politics in 2013 and was elected as a member of the City Council of Tehran. 

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Gary Taylor
(Powerlifter, Weightlifter)
Gary Taylor
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Birthdate: October 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
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Li Wenwen
(Weightlifter)
Li Wenwen
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Birthdate: March 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: China

Olympic gold medalist Li Wenwen is one of the most well-known weightlifters of China. She is also a national champion, an Asian champion, and a world champion. She made headlines when she revealed that she had slept on the floor in the Olympic village in Tokyo, as she found the beds too soft.

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Mikhail Koklyaev
(Weightlifter, Powerlifter)
Mikhail Koklyaev
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Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
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John Grimek
(Weightlifter, Bodybuilder)
John Grimek
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Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 20, 1998
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Mattie Rogers
(Weightlifter)
Mattie Rogers
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Birthdate: August 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Apopka, Florida, United States
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Shi Zhiyong
(Weightlifter)
Shi Zhiyong
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Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lingui District, Guilin, China

Shi Zhiyong is a Chinese professional weightlifter best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. A three-time world champion, Shi has set 13 world records so far in his illustrious career. He also holds the current records for the snatch, total, and clean and jerk in the 73 kg category.

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Tian Tao
(Weightlifter)
Tian Tao
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Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hubei, China

Tian Tao is a Chinese professional weightlifter best known for winning the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He has also won gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games, 2019 World Championships, and 2019 and 2020 Asian Championships.

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Charles Rigoulot
(Weightlifter)
Charles Rigoulot
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Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Le Vésinet, France
Died: August 22, 1962
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Don Reinhoudt
(Powerlifter, Weightlifter)
Don Reinhoudt
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Birthdate: March 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brocton, New York, United States
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Leonid Taranenko
(Former Soviet/Belarusian Weightlifter, Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Leonid Taranenko
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Birthdate: June 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malaryta, Belarus

Leonid Taranenko is a former weightlifter and coach. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 110 kg category at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow where he represented the Soviet Union. He also won gold medals at the World Weightlifting Championships, European Weightlifting Championships, and USSR Weightlifting Championships.

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Kuo Hsing-chun
(Weightlifter)
Kuo Hsing-chun
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Birthdate: November 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yilan, Taiwan