Sports Stars Born in 1997

  • Jan 7 Lamar Jackson Jr., American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2016, Louisville; Pro Bowl 2019, Baltimore Ravens), born in Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Jan 7 Ozzie Albies, Curaçaoan MLB player (Atlanta Braves), born in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Jan 13 Connor McDavid, Canadian ice hockey centre (#1 pick 2015 NHL Draft by Edmonton Oilers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Jan 13 Egan Bernal, Colombian road cyclist (Tour de France 2019; Giro d'Italia 2021), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Jan 29 Rodrigo Blankenship, American NFL player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Feb 6 Collin Morikawa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2020; British Open 2021), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Matisse Thybulle, American-Australian NBA player (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Mar 10 Belinda Bencic, Swiss tennis player (Hopman Cup 2018-19 [with Roger Federer]), born in Flawil, Switzerland

Simone BilesSimone Biles (25 years old)

Mar 14 American gymnast (Olympic gold floor, team, vault, all-round 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky (25 years old)

Mar 17 American swimmer (6 x Olympic gold 2012, 2016, 2021; World C'ships gold x 15; WR 400m, 800m, 1500m), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 3 Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, Brazilian football player (Manchester City, Brazil national team), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 14 D. J. Moore, American NFL player (Carolina Panthers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 20 Alexander Zverev, German tennis player (ATP Finals 2018; US Open 2020 runner-up), born in Hamburg, Germany

Lydia KoLydia Ko (25 years old)

Apr 24 New Zealand golfer, (Evian C'ship 2015, ANA Inspiration 2016), born in Seoul, South Korea

  • Apr 28 Denzel Ward, American NFL player (Cleveland Browns), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 7 Cameron Young, American golfer (British Open 2022 runner-up), born in Scarborough, New York
  • May 12 Frenkie de Jong, Dutch football player (Barcelona), born in Gorinchem, Netherlands
  • Jun 20 Bálint Kopasz, Hungarian canoeist (Olympic gold men's K-1 1000m 2020; World C'ship gold 2019), born in Szeged, Hungary
  • Jul 9 Tatjana Schoenmaker, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 2020), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 Kyler Murray, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2018, U of Oklahoma; 2019 NFL Draft #1 pick Arizona Cardinals), born in Bedford, Texas
  • Aug 22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California
  • Sep 10 Brooke Henderson, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2016; Evian C'ship 2022), born in Smiths Falls, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Jeremy Peña, Dominican-American baseball shortstop (World Series MVP; ALCS MVP; Gold Glove Award 2022; Houston Astros), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Sep 25 Suzanne Schulting, Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 1,000m 2018, 22; 3,000m relay 2022; 7 x World C'ship gold; WR 1000m: 1:26:514 2022), born in Groningen, Netherlands

Max VerstappenMax Verstappen (25 years old)

Sep 30 Belgian-Dutch Auto Racer (F1 World Drivers C'ship 2021; CIK-FIA World C'ship 2013), born in Hasselt, Belgium

Naomi OsakaNaomi Osaka (25 years old)

Oct 16 Japanese tennis player (US Open 2018, 20; Australian Open 2019, 21), born in Osaka, Japan

  • Oct 20 Andrey Rublev, Russian tennis player (2020 Olympic Gold mixed doubles), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 23 Nick Bosa, American NFL player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lonzo BallLonzo Ball (25 years old)

Oct 27 American basketball player (LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls), born in Anaheim, California

Marcus RashfordMarcus Rashford (25 years old)

Oct 31 English footballer (Manchester United) and advocate for school lunches, born in Wythenshawe, England

  • Dec 24 Neeraj Chopra, Indian athlete (Olympic gold javelin 2020; first-ever Indian Olympic track & field gold), born in Panipat, Haryana, India

About 1997

How Old? 24 or 25 years old
Generation: Generation Z

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Feb 19, 1996 - Feb 6, 1997),
Ox (Feb 7, 1997 - Jan 27, 1998)