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Fritz Albert Erich "Ete" Rademacher -- b.6/9/1901 N.S. d.4/2/1979 N.S. (77)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, German

Paul Radmilovic -- b.3/5/1886 N.S. d.9/29/1968 N.S. (82)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Welsh (Wales)

Robert Woodward "Bobby" Rahal -- b.1/10/1953
Auto Racer
Misc: Formula One; 15x Indianapolis 500 winner; co-founder of Rahal Letterman Racing; some say b. 1954

Kimi Räikkönen -- b.10/17/1979 N.S.
Auto Racer, Finnish
Names/Places: NN: The Ice Man

Brock Railey -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Wayne Rainey -- b.10/23/1960
Misc: former American Grand Prix road racer; AMA Superbike

Béla Rajki -- b.2/2/1909 N.S. d.7/20/2000 N.S. (91)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Hungarian
Misc: Swimming Coach and Water Polo Coach

Siiri Rantanen -- b.12/14/1924
Skier, Olympic Athlete, Finnish
Misc: cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1956)

Jim Rathmann -- b.7/16/1928 d.11/23/2011 (83)
Auto Racer
Misc: Indianapolis 500 2nd place in 1952, 1957, and 1959, first place in 1960.

Emil Rausch -- b.9/11/1883 N.S. d.12/14/1954 N.S. (71)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, German

Austin Rawlinson -- b.11/7/1902 N.S. d.2/25/2000 N.S. (97)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, British

Katherine Rawls -- b.6/14/1917 N.S. d.4/8/1992 N.S. (74)
Swimmer, Diver

Ross Rebagliati -- b.7/14/1971
Snowboarder, Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Misc: gold medal snowboarder

Carol Redmond -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Chad Reed -- b.3/15/1982 N.S.
Motorcyclist, Australian

Eddie Charles "Edwin" Reese -- b.7/23/1941 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Swimming Coach

Randy Reese -- b.??/??/1946 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: College and Olympic swimming coach

Clay Regazzoni -- b.9/5/1939 d.12/15/2006 (67)
Auto Racer, Swiss

Ossi Reichert -- b.7/25/1925 d.7/16/2006 (80)
Skier, Olympic Athlete, German
Misc: giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1956)

Rica Reinisch -- b.4/6/1965 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, East German
Names/Places: aka Rica Assmann then Rica Neumann

Phil Remington -- b.1/22/1921 N.S. d.2/9/2013 N.S. (92)
Engineer, Racing Figure
Misc: in the Motorsports Hall of Fame as a motorsports engineer

Lance Reventlow -- b.2/24/1936 d.7/24/1972 (36)
Auto Racer

Peter Revson -- b.2/27/1939 d.3/22/1974 (35)
Auto Racer
Misc: 1971 Indianapolis pole winner

Bill Rexford -- b.3/14/1927 d.4/18/1994 (67)
Auto Racer
Misc: was a stock car driver in the early 1950s

Willy T. Ribbs -- b.1/3/1956
Auto Racer

André Riberio -- b.1/18/1966
Auto Racer

Daniel Ricciardo -- b.7/1/1989 N.S.
Auto Racer, Australian

Greg Rice -- b.1/3/1916 d.5/19/1991 (75)

Stephanie Rice -- b.6/17/1988 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian

Sir Gordon Richards -- b.5/5/1904 d.11/10/1906 (2)
Jockey, British
Misc: British jockey (winner of 4,870 races)

Tim Richmond -- b.6/7/1955 N.S. d.8/13/1989 N.S. (34)
Auto Racer
Misc: winner of 13 NASCAR races; d. of AIDS.

Ulrike Richter -- b.6/17/1959 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, East German
Names/Places: aka Ulrike Schmidt

Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker -- b.10/8/1890 N.S. d.7/23/1973 N.S. (82)
Aviator, Executive, Auto Racer
Misc: "Ace of Aces"; WW1 & WW2 pilot; Eastern Airlines president; Indianapolis 500; Also owned the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Andrew Ridgeley -- b.1/26/1963
Songwriter, Drummer, Hip-Pop Guitarist, Auto Racer, English
Group Names: Wham!, soloist

Aileen Riggin -- b.5/2/1906 N.S. d.10/17/2002 N.S. (96)
Swimmer, Diver, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: MN: Muriel; aka Aileen Soule or Aileen Riggin Soule

Jochen Rindt -- b.4/18/1942 d.9/5/1970 (28)
Auto Racer, German

Hans Rinn -- b.3/19/1953
Luger, Olympic Athlete, German
Misc: 2 man lugist (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

Wally Ris -- b.1/4/1924 N.S. d.12/25/1989 N.S. (65)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Max Ritter -- b.11/7/1886 N.S. d.5/24/1974 N.S. (87)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, German

Edward Glenn Roberts Jr. -- b.1/20/1929 d.7/2/1964 (35)
Auto Racer
Names/Places: NN:Fireball
Misc: one of the pioneering race car drivers of NASCAR; 1962 Daytona 500 winner; 33 race wins.

Glenn "Fireball" Roberts -- b.1/20/1931 d.7/2/1964 (33)
Auto Racer
Misc: big NASCAR money winner; d. crash

Kenneth Leroy Roberts -- b.12/31/1951
Misc: Grand Prix motorcycle racing

David H. Robertson -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American
Misc: Swimming Coach

Carl Robie -- b.5/12/1945 N.S. d.11/29/2011 N.S. (66)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Carl Joseph Robie III

Rey Robinson -- b.4/1/1952
Sprinter, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-1972

Tom (Swimming) Robinson -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American
Misc: Swimming Coach

Stephen Roche -- b.11/28/1959
Bicyclist, Irish

Martha Rockwell -- b.4/26/1944

Bill Rodgers -- b.12/23/1947
Runner, Track and Field
Names/Places: sometimes spelled Bill Rogers; RN:William Henry Rodgers
Misc: won Boston and New York City marathons 4 times each from 1975-80.

Ricardo Rodríguez -- b.2/14/1942 N.S. d.11/1/1962 N.S. (20)
Auto Racer, Mexican

Gaston Roelants -- b.2/5/1937
Runner, Olympic Athlete, Belgiumese
Misc: Steeplechaser; world cross-country champion

Diann Roffe-Steinrotter -- b.3/24/1967
Skier, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Alpine skier; 2-time Olympic medalist in Super-G; won silver at Albertville in 1992, then gold at Lillehammer in '94.

Veljko Rogošić -- b.7/21/1941 N.S. d.8/7/2012 N.S. (71)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Croatian

Brianna Rollins -- b.8/18/1991 N.S.
Runner, Track and Field

Randy Romero -- b.12/22/1947 N.S. d.8/29/2019 N.S. (71)

Gail Roper -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Nico Rosberg -- b.6/27/1985 N.S.
Auto Racer

Mauri Rose -- b.5/26/1906 d.1/1/1981 (74)
Auto Racer
Misc: Indianapolis 500

Murray Rose -- b.1/6/1939 N.S. d.4/15/2012 N.S. (73)
Actor, Sports Commentator, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian
Misc: won 3 gold medals at 1956 Olympics; added a gold, silver and bronze in 1960.

Clarence Ross -- b.??/??/???? N.S.
Swimmer, American

Norman Ross -- b.5/2/1895 N.S. d.6/19/1953 N.S. (58)
Radio Broadcaster, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: Radio Nickname: Uncle Normie

Valentino Rossi -- b.2/16/1979 N.S.
Motorcyclist, Italian

Richard William "Dick" Roth -- b.9/26/1947 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Keena Ruth Rothhammer -- b.2/26/1957 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: 800 m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)

Jeffrey Norman "Jeff" Rouse -- b.2/6/1970 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Jack Roush -- b.4/19/1942 N.S.
Businessperson, Auto Racer, Drag Racer, American
Misc: NASCAR, sports car racing, drag racing; founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing

Barbara Jo Rubin -- b.11/21/1949

Cesare Rubini -- b.11/2/1923 N.S. d.2/8/2011 N.S. (87)
Basketball Coach, Basketball Player, Swimmer, Water Polo Player, Italian
Misc: in the International Swimming, Italian Basketball and the Basketball Halls of Fame

Lloyd Ruby -- b.1/12/1928 d.3/23/2009 (81)
Auto Racer

Ricky Rudd -- b.9/12/1956
Auto Racer
Names/Places: NN:The Rooster

Joseph Aloysius "Joe" Ruddy Sr. -- b.9/28/1878 N.S. d.11/11/1962 N.S. (84)
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Poker Player, American

Wilma Rudolph -- b.6/23/1940 d.11/12/1994 (54)
Sprinter, Olympic Athlete, Track and Field
Names/Places: MN:Glodean
Misc: won 3 gold medals (100m,200m and 4x400m relay) at 1960 Olympics; also won relay silver in '56 Games.

Ruffian -- b.4/17/1972 d.7/7/1975 N.S. (3)

Rosie Ruiz -- b.6/21/1953 N.S. d.7/8/2019 N.S. (66)
Runner, American, Cuban
Misc: she cheated by cutting the course at the Boston Marathon in 1980 and was later stripped of her victory in the race.

Tracie Ruíz -- b.2/4/1963 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Names/Places: RN: Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto
Misc: synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)

Doublas Albert "Doug" Russell -- b.2/20/1946 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Johnny Rutherford -- b.3/12/1938
Auto Racer
Names/Places: b. in Fort Worth, TX
Misc: NASCAR; Auto racer who became a race driver in 1959 and has since won 26 championship races. He won the Indy 500 3 times, in '74, '76 and '80. The '80 win was the first for a driver starting from the pole position.

Sonja Ruthstrom -- b.11/18/1930
Skier, Olympic Athlete
Misc: cross country relay skier (Olympic-gold-1960)

Troy Ruttman -- b.3/11/1930 d.5/19/1997 (67)
Auto Racer

Birger Ruud -- b.8/23/1911 d.6/13/1998 (86)
Skier, Norweigan
Misc: world champion ski jumper, holder of five world titles in ski jumping, 90m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1932, 36).

Sylvia Ruuska -- b.7/4/1942 N.S.
Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American

Jim Ryun -- b.4/29/1947
Congressperson, Runner, Track and Field
Misc: middle distance runner/world's outstanding athlete (1966); made the Olympic track team while in high school; broke 4 minute mile (Olympic-silver-1968)

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