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Chioma Ajunwa
1970-
From: Nigeria
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: long jump

Evelyn Ashford
1957-
From: United States: California, Louisiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Shannon Bahrke
1980-
From: United States: California, Nevada, Utah
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Courtenay Becker-Dey
1965-
From: United States: Connecticut
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: sailing

Kiran Bedi
1949-
From: India
Fields: Government and Politics, Law, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Indian Police, tennis

Bonnie Blair
1964-
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: speedskater

Fanny Blankers-Koen
1918-2004
From: Netherlands
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Ruthie Bolton
1967-
From: United States: California, Mississippi
Fields: Military and Warfare, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Amanda Borden
1977-
From: United States: Ohio
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Hassiba Boulmerka
1968-
From: Algeria
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Janine Bowman
1973-
From: United States: Rhode Island
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: shooting

Marjorie Brasuhn
1923?-1971
From: United States: Hawaii, Minnesota
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Roller Derby

Torah Bright
1986-
From: Australia, United States: Utah
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: snowboarder

Valerie Brisco-Hooks
1960-
From: United States: California, Mississippi
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Renee Brown
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Eryn Bulmer
1976-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving, diver

Beryl Burton
1937-1996
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: cycling

Lanee Carrie Butler
1970-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: sailing

Kitty Calhoun
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: ice climbing

Ann Calvello
1929-2006
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Roller Derby

Helen Hannah Campbell
1916-
From: United States: California
Fields: Military and Warfare, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: U.S. Marine, chaperone and manager of a women's baseball team

Connie Carpenter-Phinney
1957-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: racing cyclist, speed skater

Rosemary Casals
1948-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Christina Cassidy
1982-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: shooting

Florence Chadwick
1918-1995
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming

Brandi Chastain
1968-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Amy Chow
1978-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Loretta Claiborne
1953-
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Special Olympics

Melinda Cleland
1984-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Amanda Coetzer
1971-
From: South Africa
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Nadia Comaneci
1961-
From: Romania
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Maureen Connolly
1934-1969
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Myrtle Cook
1902-1985
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Stephanie Cook
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: pentathlon, pentathlete

Margaret Court
1942-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Cornelia Crosby
1854-1946
From: United States: Maine
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: hunting and fishing, guide

Julie Croteau
1970-
From: United States: Hawaii, Virginia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: baseball player, coach, Hawaiian Winter Baseball League

Gunn-Rita Dahle
1973-
From: Norway
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: mountain biker

Sylvie Daigle
1962-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: speed skating

Jamie Dantzscher
1982-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Lindsay Davenport
1976-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Michelle Davison
1979-
From: United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving, diver

Dominique Dawes
1976-
From: United States: Maryland
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Emily DeRiel
1974-
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: pentathlon, pentathlete

Catherine Destivelle
1960-
From: Algeria, France
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: mountain climber

Gail Devers
1966-
From: United States: California, Washington
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track-and-field, track and field

Jayme Dickman
1977-
From: United States: Indiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: shooting

Nancy Drolet
1973-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: hockey

Alison Dunlap
1969-
From: United States: Utah
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: cycling

Malgorzata Margo Dydek
1974-
From: Poland, United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Janet Dykman
1954-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: archery

Gertrude Caroline Ederle
1906-2003
From: United States: New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming, swimmer

Teresa Edwards
1964-
From: United States: Georgia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Ludmila Engquist
1964-
From: Russia, Sweden
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: hurdles

Chris Evert
1954-
From: United States
Fields: Sports

Peggy Fleming
1948-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports

Althea Gibson
1927-2003
From: United States: Florida, New York, South Carolina
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1951-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Yolanda Griffith
1970-
From: United States: Florida, Illinois
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Dorothy Hamill
1956-
From: United States: Connecticut
Fields: Sports

Jennifer Heil
1983-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Sonja Henie
1912-1969
From: Norway
Fields: Sports, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: figure skater, Olympic and World champion, film star

Chamique Holdsclaw
1977-
From: United States: New York, Tennessee
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Marion Jones
1975-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Florence Griffith Joyner
1959-1998
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1962-
From: United States: California, Illinois
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: heptathlon, long jump

Dorothy Kamenshek
1925-2010
From: United States: California, Ohio
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: baseball, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Hannah Kearney
1986-
From: United States: New Hampshire, Vermont
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Billie Jean King
1943-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports

Olga Korbut
1956-
From: Belarus, Russia, United States: Arizona, Georgia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Olympic gymnast

Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen
1899-1938
From: France
Fields: Sports

Lisa Leslie
1972-
From: United States: California
Fields: Beauty and Fashion, Sports, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Nancy Lopez
1957-
From: United States: California, Oklahoma
Fields: Sports

Helen Santos Luz
1972-
From: Brazil
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Julia Mancuso
1984-
From: United States: California, Nevada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Kate Markgraf
1976-
From: United States: Illinois, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Nikki McCray
1971-
From: United States: South Carolina, Tennessee
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Carla McGhee
1968-
From: United States: Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Shannon Miller
1977-
From: United States: Missouri
Fields: Sports

DeLisha Milton-Jones
1974-
From: United States: California, Georgia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Erin Mirabella
1978-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: cycling

Maria Mutola
1972-
From: Mozambique
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field, soccer

Martina Navratilova
1956-
From: Czech Republic, United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Annie Oakley
1860-1926
From: United States: Ohio
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Sports, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: sharpshooter, exhibition shooter

Merlene Ottey
1960-
From: Jamaica, Slovenia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Se Ri Pak
1977-
From: Korea (South), United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: golf

Audrey
1926-1996
From: United States: California, Louisiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Marie-Jose Perec
1968-
From: France, Guadeloupe
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Chantal Petitclerc
1969-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: wheelchair racer

Mary Pierce
1975-
From: Canada, France, United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Mary Lou Retton
1968-
From: United States: West Virginia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Kristi Richards
1981-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Michelle Roark
1974-
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Wilma Rudolph
1940-1994
From: United States: Tennessee
Fields: Education, Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field

Angelle Sampey
1970-
From: United States: Louisiana
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: motorcycle racing

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1971-
From: Spain
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Summer Sanders
1972-
From: United States: California
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming, swimmer

Sang Xue
1984-
From: China
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving

Homare Sawa
1978-
From: Japan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football, midfielder, winner of the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball awards

Karen Scavotto
1982-
From: United States: Connecticut
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: archery

Barbara Schett
1976-
From: Austria
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Sarah Schleper
1979-
From: United States: Colorado
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Sandra Schmirler
1963-2000
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: curling

Tasha Schwikert
1984-
From: United States: Nevada
Fields: Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Barbara Ann Scott
1928-
From: Canada
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: figure skating, figure skater

Briana Scurry
1971-
From: United States: Georgia, Minnesota
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Monica Seles
1973-
From: Yugoslavia, United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Anne-Gaelle Sidot
1979-
From: France
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Sissi (footballer)
1967-
From: Brazil, United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Lisa Skinner
1981-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Allana Slater
1984-
From: Australia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Katie Smith (basketball player)
1974-
From: United States: Ohio
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Marta Sobral
1964-
From: Brazil
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Dawn Staley
1970-
From: United States: Pennsylvania, South Carolina
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Resi Stiegler
1985-
From: United States: Wyoming
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Kerri Strug
1977-
From: United States: Arizona, California, Washington DC
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Sheryl Swoopes
1971-
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Irena Szewinska
1946-
From: Poland, Russia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: track and field, track-and-field, sprinter

Sandrine Testud
1972-
From: France
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Helen Thayer
1938?-
From: New Zealand, United States: Washington
Fields: Exploration and Adventure, Literature and Poetry, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: explorer, traveled to the North Pole, the South Pole, walked the Sahara and the Gobi Deserts...

Jenny Thompson
1973-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming, swimmer

Michele Timms
1965-
From: Australia, United States
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Amy Y. Tong
1977-
From: United States: Hawaii
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: judo

Amy Van Dyken
1973-
From: United States: Arizona, Colorado
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: swimming, swimmer

Anky van Grunsven
1968-
From: Netherlands
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: equestrian

Tara VanDerveer
1953-
From: United States: California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Valentina Vezzali
1974-
From: Italy
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: fencing

Lindsey Vonn
1984-
From: United States: Colorado, Minnesota
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: skiing, skier

Isabell Werth
1969-
From: Germany
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: equestrian

Joanie Weston
1935-1997
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Roller Derby

Sara Whalen
1976-
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: soccer, football

Loudy (Tourky) Wiggins
1979-
From: Australia, Israel
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving, diver

Natalie Williams
1970-
From: United States: California, Utah
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Serena Williams
1981-
From: United States: Florida, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Venus Williams
1980-
From: United States: Florida, Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Alison Williamson
1971-
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: archery

Helen Newington Wills
1905-1998
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis

Ellen Bernice Wilson
1976-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: judo

Katarina Witt
1965-
From: Germany
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: figure skating, figure skater

Chris Witty
1975-
From: United States: Wisconsin
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: speed skating, speed skater, cycling

Hillary Wolf
1977-
From: United States: Illinois
Fields: Sports, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: judo, actress

Kara Wolters
1975-
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Lynette Woodard
1959-
From: United States: Kansas
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: basketball

Kristi Tsuya Yamaguchi
1971-
From: United States: California
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: figure skating, figure skater

Connie Paraskevin Young
1961-
From: United States: Michigan
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: cycling

Babe Didrikson Zaharias
1911-1956
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: golf, basketball, track-and-field, track and field, swimming, baseball

Elena Zamolodchikova
1982-
From: Russia
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: gymnast, gymnastics

Olena Zhupina
1973-
From: Ukraine
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: diving, diver

Felicia Zimmermann
1975-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: fencing

Iris Zimmermann
1981-
From: United States: New York
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: fencing



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