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With 3,055 biographies, Athletes are the 6th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Actors, Writers, and Singers.

Pantheon has 3,061 people classified as athletes born between 800 BC and 2001. Of these 3,061, 2,315 (75.63%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, and Dick Fosbury. The most famous deceased athletes include Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, and Paavo Nurmi. As of October 2020, 862 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Éva Székely, Ödön Földessy, and Robert Hichens.

Living Athletes

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Deceased Athletes

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Newly Added Athletes (2020)

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Most athletes were born in United States (464), Germany (233), and Russia (233). By city, the most common birth places were Budapest (28), Moscow (22), and Kenya (22).The most common death places of athletes were United States (213), Finland (42), and Sweden (35). By city, these were Budapest (17), Moscow (16), and Helsinki (13).

The earliest biographies classified as athletes in Pantheon are Oscar Swahn, Evangelos Damaskos, and Coroebus of Elis.  The concentration of athletes was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier athletes are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Athletes were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Athletes since 1700.

Athletes are found within the Sports domain which also includes Soccer Players, Basketball Players, Cyclists, Tennis Players, and Racing Drivers.