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With 6,025 biographies, Athletes are the 5th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Politicians, Actors, and Writers.


Pantheon has 6,024 people classified as athletes born between 800 BC and 2008. Of these 6,024, 4,167 (69.17%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, and Ronnie Coleman. The most famous deceased athletes include Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, and Jesse Owens. As of April 2024, 1498 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Marina Doria, Walter Schröder, and Sherm Clark.

Living Athletes

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Deceased Athletes

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Newly Added Athletes (2024)

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Most athletes were born in United States (818), Germany (535), and Russia (378). By city, the most common birth places were Budapest (75), Moscow (47), and Stockholm (31).The most common death places of athletes were United States (408), France (117), and Sweden (106). By city, these were Budapest (58), Moscow (35), and Stockholm (27).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as athletes in Pantheon are Archon of Pella, Theagenes of Thasos, 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.