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Mary Pierce Biofile (2001)  | read this item

Mary Pierce Biofile (2001)

Status: Winner of 2000 French Open and 1995 Australian Open. Winner of 18 career WTA singles titles and 10 doubles titles. Achieved a career high singles ranking of #3 in 1995. DOB: Jan. 15, 1975 In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Childhood Hero: “Chris Evert.” Hobbies/Interests: “Reading, cooking, dancing, music, jet skiing, biking, backgammon, playing cards.” Favorite […]

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Biofile Bernard Hopkins  | read this item

Biofile Bernard Hopkins

STATUS: Light Heavyweight champion. Former Undisputed Middleweight champion. CHILDHOOD HERO: Muhammad Ali. I met him in Ecuador when Don King brought him down for my fight with Segundo Mercardo. He still has the humor with him. I had goose bumps. I never thought I’d be next to guys like that. Me and his birthdays are […]

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Biofile with James "Bonecrusher" Smith  | read this item

Biofile with James “Bonecrusher” Smith

  Status: Former WBA Heavyweight champion. Turned pro in 1981 at age 28. Retired in 1999. Final pro record is 44-17-1 (32 KO’s). Is the first Heavyweight champion with a college degree (Business Admin. from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC). DOB: April 3, 1953  In: Magnolia, NC Childhood Hero:  “Muhammad Ali.” Hobbies/Interests:  “Play golf, and […]

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Biofile Richard Williams  | read this item

Biofile Richard Williams

  Status: Coach of daughters Venus and Serena Williams who have won a combined 23 Grand Slam singles titles and seven Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles, including combined prize money of over $67 million. Hobbies/Interests:  “I used to play golf, basketball and football.” Favorite Movies:  “I don’t have a favorite movie. Never have.” […]

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Georges St-Pierre Biofile  | read this item

Georges St-Pierre Biofile

STATUS: UFC Welterweight champion. Will defend title this weekend at UFC 154 against Carlos Condit. GSP looks in  typically phenomenal shape after using some of his own workout programs and probe to be a great way to keep your body in awesome condition. HT: 5-10 WT: 170 DOB: May 19, 1981 IN: Saint-Isadore, Quebec, Canada CHILDHOOD HERO: […]

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Emanuel Steward Tribute Biofile  | read this item

Emanuel Steward Tribute Biofile

Status: Hall of Fame boxing trainer/manager and HBO ringside analyst. Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia Childhood Hero: “Floyd Patterson. I’ve never told him but we sat side by side many times. I read everything about him. A classy person. I used to walk like him, talk like him, eat the same foods he ate – pork […]

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Archie Griffin Biofile  | read this item

Archie Griffin Biofile

Status: Two-time Heisman Trophy winner as a running back at Ohio State (1974, 1975). NFL running back for Cincinnati Bengals from 1976-1982. DOB: August 21, 1954 In: Columbus, Ohio Childhood Hero: “My guy was Jim Brown.” Nickname: “Tank. As a kid I was pretty chubby. When I started playing football, I played guard and noseguard.” […]

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Mark Spitz Biofile  | read this item

Mark Spitz Biofile

Status: All-time Olympic legend who won seven gold medals in swimming events in 1972 at Munich, Germany (an achievement only surpassed by Michael Phelps winning eight golds at the 2008 Olympics). Set 35 world records during his career. Also won one Olympic silver and bronze medal. DOB: February 10, 1950 In: Modesto, CA Childhood Hero: […]

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Biofile Classic: Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001)  | read this item

Biofile Classic: Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001)

(Note: This Biofile was done in 1992, my rookie year as a journalist.) Status: NASCAR champion driver of the #3 Goodwrench Chevrolet. Seven-time Winston Cup Series champion. Winner of 1998 Daytona 500. DOB: April 29, 1951 In: Kannapolis, NC Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 Childhood Hero: “My dad Ralph.” Hobbies/Interests: “Hunting, fishing, my farm, watching my […]

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Biofile with Dave Anderson  | read this item

Biofile with Dave Anderson

(Note: This Biofile interview was done by telephone in the 1990s.) Status: New York Times Pulitzer-Prize winning sports columnist. Author of 21 books. DOB: May 6, 1929  In: Troy, New York Childhood Hero:  ”Stan Musial. I lived in Brooklyn but I liked the Cardinals more than the Dodgers. Stan was my guy. Great hitter. I […]

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