On This Day

Olympic Sports (Part 30)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 2901 - 3,000 of 3,197

  • 1976-11-24 Chen Lu, China, figure skater (Olympic bronze 94)
  • 1976-12-04 Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater (Olympic silver 1,500m, team pursuit 2006, silver 1500m bronze 3000m 2010), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976-12-17 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 1976-12-25 Scott Vermillion, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1977-01-06 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977-02-07 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977-02-07 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977-02-11 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977-02-16 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Pittsburgh)
  • 1977-02-16 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977-02-20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-02-23 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio

Person of interestFloyd Mayweather, Jr.

1977-02-24 Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (5 x weight division world champion; record 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 1977-02-28 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • 1977-03-01 Rod White, American archer (Olympic gold team 1996), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1977-03-05 Bryan Berard, NHL defenseman (Team USA Olympics 1998, NY Islanders)
  • 1977-04-02 Per Elofsson, Swedish cross-country skier (World C'ship gold x 2 2001; 2003; Olympic bronze 10k + 10k classical 2002), born in Röbäck, Sweden
  • 1977-04-05 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-04-24 Ryan Mitchell, Australian breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Port Augusta, Australia
  • 1977-05-05 Tiffany Roberts, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Petaluma, California
  • 1977-05-06 Shannon Shakespeare, Canadian 100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Mission, British Columbia
  • 1977-05-06 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977-05-10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World silver 94, Olympic gold 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1977-05-12 Monique de Bruin, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977-05-13 Sara DeCosta, ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1977-05-14 Jayna Hefford, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1977-06-13 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1977-06-23 Hayden Foxe, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-06-24 Cliff Bayer, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977-06-29 Sharon Cripps, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-07-01 Jerome Iginla, Canadian NHL right wing (Olympic gold 2002, 10), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1977-07-21 Allison Wagner, American swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1977-07-29 Greg Burgess, American 200m individual medley (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1977-07-30 Jayme Dickman, American 3x20 rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1977-08-13 Michael Klim, Polish Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-08-15 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • 1977-09-08 Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1977-09-17 Becky Turner, Marietta Ga, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-09-17 Tony Goskowicz, Wauwautosa Wis, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977-09-18 Kieran West, British oarsman (Olympic Gold 2000), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • 1977-09-20 Ruth Moniz, NSW Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-10-05 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California
  • 1977-10-07 Clayton Miller, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977-10-12 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • 1977-11-02 Leon Taylor, English diver and broadcaster (Olympic silver 10m synchro 2004; BBC), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • 1977-11-05 Tuula Puputti, Finnish ice hockey goalie (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1977-11-16 Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in
  • 1977-11-19 Kerri Strug, gymnast (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1977-12-07 Fernando Vargas, American welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1977-12-15 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977-12-22 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1977-12-23 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • 1977-12-27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1978-01-25 Charlene Princess of Monaco [Charlene Wittstock], Zimbabwean South African born wife of Prince Albert II, and Olympic swimmer, born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • 1978-02-08 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1978-02-14 Laurie Schwoy, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-02-20 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-02-23 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1978-02-28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1978-03-12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978-03-18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-04-23 Gezahegne Abera, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2000, World C'ship gold 2001), born in Etya, Ethiopia
  • 1978-05-08 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978-05-14 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1978-05-15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978-05-24 Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-07-20 Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-07-21 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • 1978-08-05 Kristin Link, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 1978-08-05 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • 1978-08-12 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978-08-15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1978-08-15 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1978-08-16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese diver (Olympic gold women's 10m platform 1992, 96; 3m springboard 1996, 2000), born in Wuhan, China
  • 1978-08-20 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland

Person of interestKobe Bryant

1978-08-23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 1978-09-20 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-09-25 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1978-10-25 Riley Mants, 200m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1978-10-27 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • 1978-11-25 Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-12-02 Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder (Olympic gold snowboard cross 2010; World C'ship gold 2005, 13), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979-01-12 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1979-01-30 Karen Smith, Australian hockey player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979-02-02 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979-02-02 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979-02-18 Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1979-02-28 Virginia Ledgerwood, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chester, Virginia
  • 1979-03-23 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • 1979-04-01 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer (198 caps; Olympic gold 2004; World C'ship gold 2003), born in Split, Croatia
  • 1979-04-01 Ruth Beitia, Spanish athlete (Olympic gold women's high jump 2016), born in Santander, Spain
  • 1979-04-04 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979-04-12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1979-05-01 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1979-06-20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • 1979-06-26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1979-06-29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands

Person of interestJoe Thornton

1979-07-02 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton

Person of interestKim Rhode

1979-07-16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • 1979-08-04 Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Miami, Florida

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