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    Ryk Neethling is a South African swimmer. He won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the former joint owner of the 4×100 m freestyle relay world record and holds several South African records. He also is the first South African to compete four successive Olympic Games.
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    Alana Nichols is a Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and alpine skier from the United States. Nichols is the first American woman with gold medals in the summer and winter games.
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    Lacey Nymeyer is an American swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.
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    Lorena Ochoa is a Mexican professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour from 2003 to 2010, and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for over three years, from April 2007 to her retirement in May 2010. As the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer of all time.
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    Josh Pastner is the head coach of the Memphis Tigers. Pastner was a player on the 1997 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball national championship team and an assistant coach at the UA under Lute Olson and at the University of Memphis under John Calipari.
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    Todd Pletcher is a thoroughbred horse trainer. He won the Eclipse Award seven times as Trainer of the Year, four of these in consecutive years. His horses Super Saver and Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby. 
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    Brooks Reed is an American football linebacker in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Arizona. Reed was rated as one of the top outside linebacker prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft.
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    Rory Sabbatini is a South African professional golfer.
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    J.T. Snow is a former Major League Baseball player. He played all but two games in his career as a first baseman, and played nine of his 13 and a half seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was known for his exceptional defense. After his retirement as a player, Snow worked in radio and television broadcasting. He is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Giants.
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    Annika Sorrenstam is a retired Swedish professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season; she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.
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    Damon Stoudamire is a retired American professional basketball player. The point guard was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft and he won the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is currently an assistant coach at the UA.
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    Jason Terry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays in the NBA. His nickname, "JET," derives from his initials.

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