Famous and Notable U.S. Immigrants in the World of Sports
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Famous and Notable Immigrants in the World of Sports

Famous and notable immigrants to the U.S. who are athletes, gymnasts, runners and others involved in sports.
Yao Ming
Yao Ming
Knute Rockne � Norway � sports
Knute Rockne is called the most successful coach in the history of college football. He has also been called the soul, the heart, the brain of modern football.
Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakia-born Pro Tennis Player
At the age of 19, Navratilova defected to the US from then-communist Czechoslovakia. She's been called the best female tennis player of the 20th century.
Mike Mazurki � Ukraine � sports/film
American actor of Ukrainian origin. Best remembered as Moose Malloy in 'Murder, My Sweet'. Father of actress Michelle Mazurki.
Sammy Sosa, Dominican-Republic-born Pro Baseball Player
This Major League Baseball right fielder/designated hitter was born in the Dominican Republic. Although Wikipedia is calling for improved quality on this article, it has a very thorough bio.
Mario Andretti, Italian-born Race Car Driver
Considered by many to be the greatest race car driver of all time, Andretti's passion for racing began at an early age in his native Italy. He began his racing career soon after emigrating to the US.
Wayne Gretzky, Canadian-born Pro Hockey Player
This hockey great played for the NHL via Canada. He later married an American actress and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
Bela Karolyi, Romanian-born Gymnastics Coach
The most successful coach in the history of gymnastics, Karolyi and his wife defected to the United States during an exhibition tour in 1981.
Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-born Pro Basketball Player
The Knicks' all-time leader in scoring, Ewing arrived in the States at the age of 11. By high school, many people knew he was destined for the NBA.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - an Austrian Immigrant
From Bodybuilder champ to movie star to governor of California: Arnold Schwarzenegger embodies the American dream. Read about his career highlights and the history of Austrian immigration to the United States, including other notable immigrants.
Hakeem Olajuwon
This remarkable athlete still has a place in his heart for his homeland, Nigeria. From USAAfricaonline.
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