Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) is generally regarded as the person who popularized the modern sport of surfing. He was also an Olympic champion in swimming.
Daniel "Danny" Kass (born September 21, 1982) is an American professional snowboarder. He was born in Vernon Valley, NJ . Danny grew up in New Jersey where he began his climb into snowboarding history at the age of twelve. His home slopes are what are now known as Hidden Valley and Mountain Creek ski resorts both located in the county and in the mountains of vernon and Highland Lakes.
Jennifer ("Jenny") Beth Thompson (born February 26, 1973) is an American former competitive swimmer, and one of the most decorated Olympians in history, winning twelve medals, including eight gold medals (all relay), in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics. Thompson, a Massachusetts native who calls Dover, New Hampshire her hometown, began swimming at age 7 at a summer country club called Cedardale in Groveland, Massachusetts.
Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is a retired American swimmer. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics. Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze, five Pan American golds, 31 US Amateur Athletic Union titles and eight US National Collegiate Athletic Association titles. During those years, he set 33 world records.
Gregory "Greg" Efthimios Louganis (born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver and author. He is best known for winning back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 3m and 10m diving events. He is openly gay and has tested positive for HIV. He received the James E. Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 1984 as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.
Maurice Greene (born July 23, 1974) is a retired American track and field sprinter who specialized in the 100 meters and 200 meters. He is a former 100 m world record holder with a time of 9.79 seconds. During the height of his career (1997–2001) he won two Olympic gold medals and was a five-time World Champion. This included three golds at the 1999 World Championships, a feat which had previously only been done by Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson and has since been equaled by three others.
Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is a retired American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold. His career spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired. Lewis is now an actor and has appeared in a number of films.
Charles "Charlie" William Paddock (August 11, 1900 – July 21, 1943) was an American athlete and twofold Olympic champion. After serving in World War I as a lieutenant of field artillery, Paddock - a native of Gainesville, Texas - studied at the University of Southern California. There he became a member of the track and field team, and excelled in the sprint events.
Elizabeth ("Betty") Robinson (August 23, 1911 – May 18, 1999), later Elizabeth R. Schwartz was an American athlete and winner of the first Olympic 100 m for women. Robinson ran her first 100 meter race on March 30, aged 16. She finished second only to the American record holder. At her next race, she equalled the world record, though her time was not recognised. At the Amsterdam Olympics, her fourth 100 m competition, Robinson reached the final and won, equalling the world record.
Wyomia Tyus is an American athlete, and the first person to retain the Olympic title in the 100 m. Tyus, from Tennessee State University, participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics at age 19. In the heats of the event, she equalled Wilma Rudolph's World Record, propelling her to a favourite for the final, where her main rival would be fellow American Edith McGuire. Tyus won the final, beating McGuire by two tenths.
Evelyn Ashford (born April 15, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American athlete, the 1984 Olympic champion in the 100 m. She has with automatic timing run under the 11 second barrier over 30 times and was the first to run under 11 seconds in an Olympic Games. As a 19-year-old, Ashford finished 5th in the 100 m event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Florence Griffith-Joyner (born Florence Delorez Griffith), also known as Flo-Jo (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998) was an American track and field athlete. Griffith was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Jordan Downs public housing complex. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field due to her record-setting performances and flashy personal style.
Timothy Montgomery (born January 25, 1975) is a former American athlete. In 2005, he was stripped of his records – including a now void 100 m world record of 9.78 seconds set in 2002 – after being found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. Since retiring from athletics he has been tried and convicted for his part in a New York–based check fraud scheme and for dealing heroin in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
Michelle Wingshan Kwan is an American figure skater. She has won nine U.S. championships, five World Championships, and two Olympic medals. She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.
José Torres (May 3, 1936 – January 19, 2009), known as "Chegui", was a Puerto Rican professional boxer. As an amateur boxer, Torres won a silver medal in the junior middleweight at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. In 1965, he defeated Willie Pastrano to win the WBC and WBA light heavyweight championships. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Brandi Denise Chastain is a professional American soccer defender and midfielder currently playing for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer and is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team. Chastain has played for San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA and California Storm of the WPSL. She is best known for her game-winning penalty against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final and her bra-baring celebration afterwards.
Mariel Margaret Garciaparra (born on March 17, 1972, in Selma, Alabama), best known as Mia Hamm, is a retired American soccer player. Hamm played many years as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm has scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer (158).. She is the second most capped female player in history.
Lorraine Ming Fair (born August 5, 1978), better known as Lorrie Fair, was a member of the United States national soccer team. She currently plays for Chelsea in the FA Women's Premier League. Her twin sister, Veronica (Ronnie) Ching Fair, was also a member of the national team, and when Ronnie was called in to participate in a game against England on May 9, 1997 at San Jose, California, it became the first time a pair of sisters played together in the Woman's National Team.
Kate Markgraf (née Kathryn Michele Sobrero, born August 23, 1976), is an American soccer defender and member of the U.S. women's national team. Markgraf, who is five feet, nine inches (1.75 m) tall, is a native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she attended Detroit Country Day School. At Detroit Country, she helped to guide the soccer team to the state title in 1991, scoring 16 goals and having 26 assists. She was also a volleyball player, making the All-League team three times.
Tiffeny Carleen Milbrett (born 23 October 1972, in Portland, OR is an American soccer forward who currently plays for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer and was a long time member of the United States women's national soccer team.
Pat Head Summitt (born on June 14, 1952) is an American women's college basketball coach. She is currently the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. She has been coaching since 1974, all with the Lady Vols, winning 8 national championships. She is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men or women in any division, and one of only three collegiate coaches with 1,000 victories.
Chad Hedrick (born April 17, 1977) is an American inline speed skater and ice speed skater. He was born in Spring, Texas. Hedrick revolutionized the inline speed skating world with his unique technique, called the double push or DP. During his career he won 93 national championships and 50 world championships, as well as having a brand of inline skating wheels named after him.