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With 3,059 biographies, Athletes are the 6th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Actors, Writers, and Singers.

Pantheon has 4,274 people classified as athletes born between 800 BC and 2008. Of these 4,274, 3,061 (71.62%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, and Usain Bolt. The most famous deceased athletes include Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, and Paavo Nurmi. As of April 2022, 1215 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Jan Jindra, Leonid Bartenyev, and Vyacheslav Vedenin.

Living Athletes

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Newly Added Athletes (2022)

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Most athletes were born in United States (636), Germany (342), and Russia (313). By city, the most common birth places were Budapest (42), Moscow (35), and Los Angeles (22).The most common death places of athletes were United States (294), Sweden (79), and Finland (67). By city, these were Budapest (28), Moscow (26), and Helsinki (21).

The earliest biographies classified as athletes in Pantheon are Evangelos Damaskos, Archon of Pella, 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.