With 2,090 biographies, Athletes are the 7th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Writers, Singers, and Musicians.

Pantheon has 2,196 people classified as athletes born between 800 BC and 2000. Of these 2,196, 1,726 (78.60%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Carl Lewis, Bob Beamon, and Usain Bolt. The most famous deceased athletes include Jesse Owens, Paavo Nurmi, and Emil Zátopek.

Living Athletes

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Deceased Athletes

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Most athletes were born in United States (286), Russia (147), and Germany (137). By city, the most common birth places were Los Angeles (15), Moscow (15), and Budapest (14).The most common death places of athletes were United States (131), Finland (22), and Sweden (16). By city, these were Helsinki (10), Moscow (10), and Budapest (9).

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, Tennis Players, Basketball Players, Cyclists, and Racing Drivers.