Category Search - track (Track and field events)

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Frank Anderson
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Gist Anderson
Also Known As:
Frank G. Anderson
Nickname(s):
Colonel Andy
Col. Andy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Track head coach team Texas A&M University.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Horace Ashenfelter
track, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Horace Ashenfelter III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94, 17 days before his 95th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In 3000 m steeplechase, Olympic Gold Medal 1952.

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Evelyn Ashford
track

Real/Birth Name:
Evelyn Ashford
Also Known As:
5
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet inches (152.4 cm)

Brief Facts:

First in Olympics to run 100 m in under 11 seconds. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 100-meter dash. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 4×100 m relay. Olympic Gold Medal 1988. Olympic Gold Medal 1992.

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Willie Banks
track

Real/Birth Name:
William Augustus Banks III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Triple jump, high jump.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Roger Bannister
track, knighted, doctor

Real/Birth Name:
Roger Gilbert Bannister
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 20 days before his 89th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first runner to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. Knighted 1975. A neurologist. Appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2017 New Year Honours.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson
track, writer, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Joan Benoit
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the Boston marathon twice, and Olympic gold in the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984 at Los Angeles. Married Samuelson. Books Running Tide, Running for Women.

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Ralph Boston
track

Real/Birth Name:
Ralph Harold Boston
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first person to break the 27 feet (8.2 m) barrier in the long jump. Olympic Gold Medal 1960.

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Herman Brix
actor, track, football

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Herman Brix
Also Known As:
Bruce Bennett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
100
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lived to age 100. Silver medal in 1928 Olympics shotput event. Role of Tarzan in movie The New Adventures of Tarzan under real name Herman Brix, and movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre using name Bruce Bennett. Football tackle on team University of Washington.

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Ellison Brown
track, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Ellison Myers Brown
Also Known As:
Tarzan Brown
Ellison Myers Brown Sr.
Nickname(s):
Tarzan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 20 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A Native American member of the Naragansett tribe. Long distance runner. Won the Boston Marathon in 1936 and 1939. Participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. Killed when a van hit him outside a bar.

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Avery Brundage
track, activist, business

Real/Birth Name:
Avery Brundage
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pentathlon. Sports administrator. President of the IOC (Olympics). Promoter of amateur sports. Fought against a boycott of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In charge at the Munich event when Israelis were killed.

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Milt Campbell
track, football

Real/Birth Name:
Milton Gray Campbell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Decathlete. One season, team Cleveland Browns. Olympic Gold Medal 1956.

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John Carlos
track, football, coach, writer

Real/Birth Name:
John Wesley Carlos
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprint runner. Known for "black power" salute at the 1968 Olympics. Team Montreal Alouettes.

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Michael Carter
track, football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Michael D'Andrea Carter
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60, 32 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Nose Tackle. Teams Southern Methodist University, San Francisco 49ers. Shot put in track meets.

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Michelle Carter
track

Real/Birth Name:
Michelle Denee Carter
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Make-up artist. Shot put. American best - 67 ft 8 in. Olympic Gold Medal 2016.

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Chandra Cheeseborough
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Chandra Danette Cheeseborough
Also Known As:
Chandra Spellman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 twice, for 4x100 m relay and 4x400 m.

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Alice Coachman
track

Real/Birth Name:
Alice Marie Coachman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African-American woman to win gold in the Olympics. Olympic Gold Medal 1948. Won the high jump event.

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Sebastian Coe
track, politician, model, business, knighted, British peer

Real/Birth Name:
Sebastian Newbold Coe
Also Known As:
Seb Coe
Baron Coe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Winner of four Olympic medals in 1980 and 1984. Chairman of efforts for 2012 London Olympics. Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. He was created a life peer in 2000 as Baron Coe, of Ranmore in the County of Surrey. Appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year Honours List for services to sport. Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992-97 for Falmouth and Camborne.

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Willie Davenport
track

Real/Birth Name:
William D. Davenport
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 9 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long distance runner. The first African American to compete in the Winter Olympics for the USA. Olympic Gold Medal 1968.

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Glenn Davis
football, track

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Woodward Davis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Terry Moore by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Team United States Military Academy as halfback. Team Los Angeles Rams.

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Glenn Davis (track)
track, coach, football, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Ashby Davis
Nickname(s):
Jeep
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Track athlete. Olympic Gold Medal 1956 400 m hurdles. Olympic Gold Medal 1960 400 m hurdles. Olympic Gold Medal 1960 4x400 relay. Wide receiver team Detroit Lions.

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Walter "Buddy" Davis
track, basketball

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Francis Davis
Also Known As:
Walt Davis
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 8 inches (203.2 cm)

Brief Facts:

Had polio as a child. High jump. Olympic Gold Medal 1952. Forward, center, pro basketball teams Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks.

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Gail Devers
track

Real/Birth Name:
Yolanda Gail Devers
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
54, 11 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A three-time Olympic Gold Medal.

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
golf, track, basketball, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Mildred Ella Didriksen
Also Known As:
Mildred Ella Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Babe Zaharias
Nickname(s):
Babe
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Called Babe by childhood friends who thought she batted like Babe Ruth. Name changed from Didriksen after it was accidentally spelled Didrikson. Olympic Gold Medal 1932 in Los Angeles in the javelin and hurdles events, second in high jump. Played semiprofessional women's basketball. Later became a pro golfer, co-founder of the LPGA tour. Considered the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. Honored on an 18 cent US postage stamp.

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Harrison Dillard
track

Real/Birth Name:
William Harrison Dillard
Nickname(s):
Bones
World’s Fastest Man
World’s Fastest Hurdler
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The only male in the history of the Olympic Games to win gold in both the 100 m (sprints) and the 110m hurdles, making him the "World’s Fastest Man" in 1948 and the "World’s Fastest Hurdler" in 1952. Olympic Gold Medal 1948 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1948 4x 100 m relay . Olympic Gold Medal 1952 100 m hurdles. Olympic Gold Medal 1952 4x 100 m relay.

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Allyson Felix
track

Real/Birth Name:
Allyson Michelle Felix
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
35, 12 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter and relay runner.

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Dick Fosbury
track, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Douglas Fosbury
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Changed the way athletes did the high jump in 1968 with his style "the Fosbury Flop".

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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
royalty, activist, track

Real/Birth Name:
Frederik André Henrik Christian, Kronprins af Danmark, Greve af Monpezat
Also Known As:
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat
Frederik Henriksen
Nickname(s):
Pingo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

third cousin once removed of
great grandson of
third cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
third cousin once removed of
grandson of
son of
second cousin twice removed of
grandson of
third cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
great grandson of
third cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
son of
husband of
Older than Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark by 3 years.
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
great great great grandson of
great great grandson of
third cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
third cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
great great grandson of
third cousin once removed of
great grandson of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
third cousin once removed of
third cousin once removed of
great great great grandson of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

As Crown Prince, heir to the Danish throne. Studied political science, is interested in climate science and sustainability. Trained in military services. Ran a marathon. Member of the International Olympic Committee.

Cathy Freeman
track, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 2000 in 400 m.

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Marty Glickman
radio, sports analyst, track

Real/Birth Name:
Martin Irving Glickman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A member of the U.S. team at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. Controversy over his removal fom the 400-meter relay event. The voice of the New York Knicks and New York Giants and New York Jets.

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John Godina
track

Real/Birth Name:
John Carl Godina
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shot put, discus. First in 2001 World Championships.

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Florence Griffith Joyner
track, painter, writer, poet, style

Real/Birth Name:
Florence Delorez Griffith
Also Known As:
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Nickname(s):
Flo-Jo
Dee Dee
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Al Joyner, until she died.
Older than Al Joyner by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Runner. Died of a severe epileptic seizure in her sleep. Olympic Gold Medal 1988 100 m, Olympic Gold Medal 1988 200 m, Olympic Gold Medal 1988 4x100 m.

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Archie Hahn
track, coach, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Archibald Hahn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 1904 in three events. Book How to Sprint. Coach in multiple sports at several colleges and universities.

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Bob Hayes
track, football

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Lee Hayes
Nickname(s):
Bullet Bob
Bullet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic runner. Wide receiver. Team Dallas Cowboys. The only man to win both Olympic gold and a Super Bowl ring.

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Jim Hines
track

Real/Birth Name:
James Ray Hines
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Held the 100 m record for 15 years. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 for 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 for 100 m relay.

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Stan Huntsman
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Houser Huntsman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coached track at universities and Olympics.

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Caitlyn Jenner
track, tv, actor, transgender

Real/Birth Name:
William Bruce Jenner
Also Known As:
Bruce Jenner
Caitlyn Marie Jenner
Gender:
Female (changed from) Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71, 33 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

was father of
was father of
was father of
husband of
Older than Kris Jenner by 5 years.
was father of
husband of
Older than Linda Thompson by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Became a female in 2015 Official name change (to Caitlyn Marie Jenner) and gender change in September 2015. As a male, Olympic Gold Medal 1972 and Olympic Gold Medal 1976 in the decathlon event. Motivational speaker. Has a problem with dyslexia. Movie Can't Stop the Music. TV series CHiPs, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Allen Johnson
track

Real/Birth Name:
Allen Kenneth Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hurdler. Olympic Gold Medal 1996.

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Michael Johnson
track, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Duane Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1992 in the 4x400 relay, Olympic Gold Medal 1996 in the 200 m and 400 m dash, Olympic Gold Medal 2000 in the 400 m event.

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Rafer Johnson
track, actor, sports analyst, basketball

Real/Birth Name:
Rafer Lewis Johnson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Jimmy Johnson (cornerback) by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Decathlon athlete. Olympic Gold in 1960. Also basketball team UCLA. Movie Licence to Kill. Helped Rosey Grier capture Sirhan Sirhan at Robert Kennedy's assassination.

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Johnny "Lam" Jones
football, track

Real/Birth Name:
John Wesley Jones
Also Known As:
Lam Jones
Nickname(s):
Lam
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60, 20 days before his 61st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Wide receiver. Nickname from Lampasas, TX where he attended high school. Football teams University of Texas, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys. Olympic Gold Medal 1976 4×100 metres relay.

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Lolo Jones
track

Real/Birth Name:
Lori Susan Jones
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Specializes in the 60 and 100m hurdles. Also bobsledder. Olympic games 2008, 2012, and the 2014 winter games.

Marion Jones
track, criminal, basketball

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Lois Jones
Also Known As:
Marion Jones-Thompson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Dual citizen, US and Belize. Track and field champion, caught using steroids. Convicted of lying about steroid use, sentenced to 6 months prison. Surrendered Olympic medals. Basketball team Tulsa Shock.

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Al Joyner
track, coach, columnist

Real/Birth Name:
Alfrederick Joyner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Florence Griffith Joyner, until her death.
Younger than Florence Griffith Joyner by less than 1 year.
older brother of
Older than Jackie Joyner-Kersee by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Triple jump. Olympic Gold Medal 1984.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee
track, basketball, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Jacqueline Joyner
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger sister of
Younger than Al Joyner by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1988. Olympic Gold Medal 1992. Won in heptathlon and long jump. Also competed in 1984 and 1996.

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St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6683 Delmar Boulevard

Meb Keflezighi
track

Real/Birth Name:
Mebrahtom Keflezighi
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Marathon silver medal 2004 Olympics. American long distance runner. American 10,000 m record holder.

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Roger Kingdom
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Roger Nona Kingdom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprint hurdler. Olympic Gold Medal 1984. Olympic Gold Medal 1988.

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Alvin Kraenzlein
track

Real/Birth Name:
Alvin Christian Kraenzlein
Nickname(s):
Al
The father of the modern hurdling technique
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hurdler, long jump, 60 metres race. Olympic Gold Medal 1900 times 4.

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Francie Larrieu Smith
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Anne Larrieu Smith
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68, 7 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The flagbearer at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for the US. Cross country and track coach at Southwestern University.

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Don Lash
track, politician

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Ray Lash
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 35 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long distance runner. Set a world's record for the two-mile run in 1936. FBI agent. Republican, Indiana state legislature.

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Carl Lewis
track

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Carlton Lewis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Carol Lewis by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Specializing in sprint and long jump. Won 10 Olympic medals including 9 Olympic Gold Medal wins. 10 World Championships medals, 8 of which were gold.

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Carol Lewis
track, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Carol LeGrant Lewis
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger sister of
Younger than Carl Lewis by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Long jump specialist. Best long jump was 7.04 meters in 1985.

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Gerry Lindgren
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Paul Lindgren
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Runner.

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Marty Liquori
track, writer, sports analyst, jazz, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Martin Liquori
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Middle distance runner.

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Clyde Littlefield
coach, track, football

Real/Birth Name:
Clyde Littlefield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Track and field coach, later football coach, team University of Texas.

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Dallas Long
track, doctor

Real/Birth Name:
Dallas Crutcher Long
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 4 inches (193.04 cm)

Brief Facts:

Shot put, discus throw. Olympic Gold Medal 1964.

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Bob Mathias
track, actor, US Representative

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Bruce Mathias
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

US Representative from California 1967-1975. Olympic Gold Medal, in the decathlon two consecutive times.

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Ollie Matson
football, track

Real/Birth Name:
Ollie Genoa Matson II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles.

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Randy Matson
track

Real/Birth Name:
James Randel Matson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shot put. Olympic Gold Medal 1968.

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Billy Mills
track, boxing

Real/Birth Name:
William Mervin Mills
Also Known As:
Makata Taka Hela
Tamakoce Te'Hela
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Native American, a member of the Ogala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe. Olympic Gold Medal 1964 games at Tokyo, in the 10,000 m event.

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Sacramento Walk of Stars A star at L Street2017

Natalie Morales
news, track, model

Real/Birth Name:
Natalie Leticia Morales
Also Known As:
Natalie Morales-Rhodes
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NBC TV show Today as co-anchor and news journalist. Runs in marathons. Speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Father was in the Air Force, she lived in Panama, Brazil, Spain while growing up.

Boo Morcom
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Richmond Morcom
Nickname(s):
Boo
One Shoe Boo
The Barefoot Boy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pole vaulter and high jumper. His record in the long jump lasted for 67 years.

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Bobby Morrow
track

Real/Birth Name:
Bobby Joe Morrow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 1956 in 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1956 in 200 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1956 in 4x100 m relay.

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Edwin Moses
track, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Corley Moses
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won Olympic Gold Medal 1976 andOlympic Gold Medal 1984 in the 400 m hurdles.

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Brick Muller
football, track

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Powers Muller
Nickname(s):
Brick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60, 26 days before his 61st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professional football player-coach for the team Los Angeles Buccaneers during their only season in the National Football League in 1926. Also high jump at 1920 Olympics.

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Paavo Nurmi
track

Real/Birth Name:
Paavo Johannes Nurmi
Nickname(s):
Flying Finn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Won nine gold and three silver Olympic medals. Olympic Gold Medal 1920. Olympic Gold Medal 1924. Olympic Gold Medal 1928. Relationship with Maila Nurmi is not verified.

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Al Oerter
track

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Oerter Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71, 12 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Discus throw athlete, Won Olympic Gold at four consecutive games in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968.

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Jesse Owens
track

Real/Birth Name:
James Cleveland Owens
Also Known As:
J.C. Owens
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Specialized in the sprints and the long jump. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 200 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 long jump. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 4×100 m relay.

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John Pennel
track

Real/Birth Name:
John Thomas Pennel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pole vaulter. In 1969, he set his fourth and final world record, 17-10¼ (5.44 m) in the pole vault.

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Oscar Pistorius
track, accused

Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius
Nickname(s):
Oz
Blade Runner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
34, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Track athlete who wore metal "blades" after double amputation. In the 2012 Olympics. Arrested 14 February, 2013 for murder of his girlfriend. Convicted of a lesser charge, culpable homicide, South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter. Sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Steve Prefontaine
track, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Steve Roland Prefontaine
Nickname(s):
Pre
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
24
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Once held the American record in seven different distance track event.

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Dave Roberts
track, doctor

Real/Birth Name:
David Luther Roberts
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pole vaulter. World record 1976 18-8¼ feet, 5.70m. Became a surgeon.

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Wilma Rudolph
track

Real/Birth Name:
Wilma Glodean Rudolph
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome she won three Olympic titles.

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Jim Ryun
track, US Representative, writer

Real/Birth Name:
James Ronald Ryun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Held world record times for long distances of one mile, 1500 m, 880 yards. Republican. United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, from the 2nd District in Kansas.

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Alberto Salazar
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Alberto Bauday Salazar
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long-distance runner. Winner of the New York and Boston marathons. Immigrated to the US as a child, became a citizen.

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Bob Seagren
track, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Seagren
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show Soap.

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Frank Shorter
track

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Charles Shorter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73, 30 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born in Germany when his father was stationed there. Long-distance runner who won gold in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He is credited with starting the running fad in the United States of the 1970s.

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Mary Slaney
track

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Teresa Decker
Also Known As:
Mary Decker
Mary Decker Slaney
Mary Teresa Slaney
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Medal winner in the 1500 m and 3000 m.

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Dean Smith (stunts)
track, actor, stunts, rodeo

Real/Birth Name:
Finis Dean Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Iron Horse, Overland Trail, Tales of Wells Fargo. Movies The Alamo, How the West Was Won, Rio Conchos, Big Jake, El Dorado. Olympic Gold Medal 1952 in the 4x100 m relay.

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Steve Smith
track

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Norwood Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 1 inches (185.42 cm)

Brief Facts:

Pole vaulter. The first person to clear the 18 foot barrier indoors. Best height: 5.61 meters (18 ft 5 in) in 1975.

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Tommie Smith
track, football

Real/Birth Name:
Tommie C. Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 1968. Noted for "black power" salute on the stand. Wide receiver, teams San Jose State University, Cincinnati Bengals.

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Eddie Southern
track

Real/Birth Name:
Silas Edward Southern
Nickname(s):
Fast Eddie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hurdles and relay. Team University of Texas.

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Helen Stephens
track

Real/Birth Name:
Helen Herring Stephens
Nickname(s):
The Fulton Flash
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 17 days before her 76th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shot put and discus. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1936 4x100 m relay.

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Dwight Stones
track, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Dwight Edwin Stones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66, 6 days before his 67th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former 3-time world record holder in the men's high jump. Won 19 national championships.

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Jerry Thompson
track

Real/Birth Name:
Jerald Stillwell Thompson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Brief Facts:

Long distance runner, competed in 1948 Olympics.

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Jim Thorpe
football, track, actor

Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Thorpe
Also Known As:
Wa-Tho-Huk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Football teams Canton Bulldogs, New York Giants. Movie White Heat. Olympic champion, medals taken away, restored posthumously.

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Bill Toomey
track

Real/Birth Name:
William Anthony Toomey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Set the world record in the decathlon in December 1969. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 in decathlon.

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Forrest Towns
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Grady Towns
Nickname(s):
Spec
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

110m hurdles athlete. Broke world records 3 times in that event. Coach at University of Georgia. Olympic Gold Medal 1936.

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Wyomia Tyus
track

Real/Birth Name:
Wyomia Tyus
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 8 inches (172.72 cm)

Brief Facts:

Sprinter. Olympic Gold Medal 1964 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 100 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 4x100 m relay.

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Craig Virgin
track

Real/Birth Name:
Craig Stephen Virgin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Distance runner, cross country.

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Grete Waitz
track

Real/Birth Name:
Grete Andersen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Marathon runner and world record holder. Won 9 New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988, more than any other runner in history. Olympic silver medalist in 1964.

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Willye White
track

Real/Birth Name:
Willye Brown White
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First American track and field athlete to compete in five Olympics.

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Mal Whitfield
track, aviator, military

Real/Birth Name:
Malvin Greston Whitfield
Also Known As:
Mal 'Marvelous Mal' Whitfield
Nickname(s):
Marvelous Mal
Marvelous
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Twice won 800 m at Olympics. Tuskega Airman. Served in Korean War in the US Air Force.

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Ajee' Wilson
track

Real/Birth Name:
Ajee' Wilson
Also Known As:
Ajee Wilson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
26
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced Ah-jay. 800m and relays runner.

Fred Wilt
track, writer, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Loren Wilt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long distance runner. FBI agent. Competed in the 10,000 m run at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Book Run Run Run. Coach for men's and women's team at Purdue Univerity.

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Fred Wolcott
track

Real/Birth Name:
Fred Wolcott
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hurdles, world records in early 1040s.

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Buddy Young
football, track, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Claude Henry K. Young
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 4 inches (162.56 cm)

Brief Facts:

Halfback, teams University of Illinois, New York Yankees, New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts. Died in an auto accident.

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George Young (runner)
track, coach

Real/Birth Name:
George Young
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long distance runner. Marathon, steeplechase, mile run. Participated in four Olympics, 1960, -64, -68, and -72. Team University of Arizona.

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Louis Zamperini
track, military

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Silvie Zamperini
Nickname(s):
Louie
Torrance Tornado
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

1035 Olympics in Berlin. Joined the Army Air Forforce in World War II. His plane crashed at sea. He was later captured and made a prisoner of war. Subject of the movie Unbroken.

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