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Allyson Felix

Olympic gold medalist and famed sprinter Allyson Felix was born on November 18, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Felix was raised a devout Christian by her father, an ordained minister, and her mother, a local elementary school teacher. Her older brother, Wes Felix,is also a sprinter.

Athletically gifted from a young age, Felix began playing basketball as a kid, where she was cleverly nicknamed "Chicken Legs" for her lanky physique. In order to demonstrate her physical strength, she went out for the track team while in the 7th grade. She excelled from the start, within a year finishing seventh in the 200-meter dash at the CIF California State Meet, eventually becoming a five-time winner.

In 2003, Track and Field News named Felix its national girls "High School Athlete of the Year." Soon after, as a high school senior, she finished second in the 200 at the U.S. Indoor Track & Field Championships. That same year, she made history in Mexico City, finishing the 200-meter race in 22.11 seconds, a new world record in the under-20 category. In 2003, Felix decided to forge college eligibility and instead sign a professional contract with Adidas, who picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. Olympic Medalist

At just 18 years old, Felix competed in her first Olympics, the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Competing in the 200-meter race, she finished second, behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, and earned the silver medal. In 2005, she became the youngest champion to compete at the World Championships, and two years later, she became only the second female to win three gold medals at a single World Championships.

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Felix ran a personal best of 21.93 in the 200 meters, but again finished behind Campbell-Brown, taking a second silver medal. She did, however, earn one gold medal that year, with the women's 4-by-400-meter relay team.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Felix finally struck an independent gold medal, beating out Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter in the 200, respectively, with a time of 21.88 seconds. Her longtime rival, Veronica Campbell-Brown, finished fourth in the race. Felix went on to compete in the 4-by-100-meter relay, and, along with teammates Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison, won a gold medal. The relay team also set a new world record, with a time of 40.82 seconds (the previous record was 41.37 seconds, set in 1985 by East Germany.

Akbar Gbajabiamila

Akbar Gbajabiamila serves as a fantasy expert and analyst on NFL Fantasy Live with NFL Media. Akbar is also the host of NBC's heart-racing obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior, as well as Esquire Networks' spin-off Team Ninja Warrior. His ability to connect with everyone from viewers to contestants to professional athletes has made him one of the most relatable television personalities in sports and entertainment.

The Southern California native played five-years in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2008. Akbar played college football for San Diego State University after graduating from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

Throughout his NFL career, Gbajabiamila had an interest in broadcasting, and in 2005 he was selected as one of the NFL's first athletes to attend their Broadcast Boot Camp, an intense workshop aimed at training athletes for potential careers in broadcasting and journalism.

Gbajabiamila older brother Kabeer, played nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Kabeer is the Packers all-time sack leader and Packers Hall of Famer.


Michelle Kwan

Born July 7, 1980, in Torrance, California, Michelle Kwan finished eighth in the 1994 World Championships at the age of 13, and has since been a five-time World Champion. At her first Olympics in 1998 she lost gold to Tara Lipinski; in 2002 she took bronze. A serious injury forced to withdraw from the 2006 Olympics. Stepping away from the sport, Kwan went to the University of Denver to finish her bachelor's degree. She continued her studies at Tuft University in 2009 where she enrolled in a two-year master's program. Kwan served as TV correspondent for 2010 Winter Olympics.