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P.T. Usha

From her early school days, P.T Usha showed sparks of her athletic talent by winning track events. At the age of 12, she represented her district for the Kerala State Government Sports School for Women. Just three years later, she participated in the National School Games and won an individual medal.

She made her international debut at the age of 16 in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. However, her performance in the 1980 Moscow Olympics was lacklustre. But, she gathered her strength and confidence from that outing to do something that no Indian had ever done - at her next Olympics, she became the first Indian sportswoman to enter the >Olympics final and that too at the prime age of only twenty.

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Lt. Col. RVS Rathore

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Born on January 29,1970 in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Rajyavardhan’s father Laxman Singh Rathore is a Colonel in the Indian Army and his mother Manju Rathore is a teacher. Though nick-named `Chilly` at home, according to his parents, he is a soft-spoken and down to earth person.

During his early years Rathore’s inclination was towards cricket. He was such a good player that he was almost selected in the Madhya Pradesh state cricket team for the famous Ranji Trophy in India. However, discouraged in the field of cricket by his mother, he appeared for the National Defense Academy examinations, which he qualified.

After becoming an army personel,

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Mahesh Bhupathi : the 'dark horse' Legend

Mahesh's early days:
Mahesh's predilection for tennis began during his childhood days, when he would accompany his father, C.G. Krishna Bhupathi (a well known coach in Indian Tennis circuit) for practice every day. His childhood in his father's words was one which encompassed two things - tennis and sleeping - and Mahesh was good in both!

Mahesh received his education in Dubai, Muscat and US where he made his mark in the University of Mississippi team. He started his international tennis career at the tender age of 14 and has steadily gone a notch higher each time, breaking records with a nonchalance and ease that comes naturally to the gifted Mahesh.

Professional Career;
Turning professional in 1995, Mahesh is considered to be one of the best doubles tennis players in the world with 10 Grand Slam titles to his credit. His ma

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Sania Mirza

Sania began playing tennis at the tender age of 6 under the guidance of her father Imran Mirza and turned professional in 2003. She is the highest ranked female tennis player from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. According to the latest WTA rankings, she is currently ranked 31st in Singles and 21st in Doubles.

After turning professional, this young sensation has shown exceptional talent in the racquet sport. Her first major victory was during the 2003 Wimbledon Championship, when she teamed up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia and won the Girls Double title. The following year, she finished runners up at the Asian Tennis Championship.

Year 2005 was a break-through year for Sania, as she became the fir

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Dhyan Chand Singh

At the age of 16, after completing his schooling Dhyan Chand joined the Indian Army, where he was noticed by Subedar Major Bhole Tiwari for his vibrant skills in hockey and knack for scoring goals. Soon he was chosen to play in the Inter-provincial championships and from 1922 to 1926 Dhyan Chand regularly represented his regiment in a number of army events.

After his dramatic victory in 1925, he earned the nickname "hockey wizard". During the final of the Punjab Indian infantry tournament, Dhyan's team was losing with 4 minutes to go. Dhyan Chand took the ball on his stick and dribbled through the entire defense to score a goal. He then scored a second, and then a third, in a four-minute span to snatch a dramatic last minute victory.

The following year, at 21, Dhyan Chand earned his first international cap when he was selected for the Indian team touring New Zealand. B

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