IF you’re celebrating a birthday today, you’re in with some of Great Britain’s finest sporting superstars.
With a total of 32 medals, 21 golds, eight silver and three bronzes to be exact, March 23 is a very Olympic birthday.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Roger Bannister, Shelley Rudman, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Mo Farah are all celebrating today.
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So if you want your children to be destined for a path of glory, try and plan for a March 23 birthday.
Here, we take a look at six of Britain’s best athletes born on this special day, and just how many Olympic medals they have won.
Mo Farah, Olympic medals – 4, Age 36
Mo Farah cemented his place as a British legend after his heroic performance in this Summer’s Olympics in Rio.
After winning two gold medals four years ago in the London 2012 Games, he added two more to his name, defending his 5,000m and 10,000m crowns.
He gained worldwide recognition when he won gold at that year’s World Championships in the 5,000m, where he also collected a silver medal in the 10,000m.
In doing so he became the first British man to win a medal at either distance.
Farah then became a British hero when he won two gold medals in both distances at London 2012, and was awarded a CBE following his success.
Chris Hoy, Olympic medals – 7, Age 43
Chris Hoy claimed six golds and one silver in a stellar Olympic career, topped off with a golden double at the London 2012 Olympics.
He wasn’t even bothered that his Olympic record haul was equalled by another birthday boy in our list, Jason Kenny.
The 41-year-old has also won 25 world Championship medals.
Steve Redgrave, Olympic medals – 6, Age 57
Sir Steve Redgrave is the most successful male rower in Olympic, winning six medals in total – five golds and one bronze.
He won consecutive golds at five Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000.
Famously he said in 1996 that if anyone saw him near a rowing boat they could “shoot him”.
Four years later he won another Olympic gold at Sydney, and thankfully there was no gun in sight.
Jason Kenny, Olympic medals – 6, Age 31
One half of Team GB’s golden couple from this summer’s games in Rio, Jason Kenny became a household name after dominating in the Velodrome.
The young Kenny’s first taste of major track competition came when he competed in the Future Stars series in 2003 at the Manchester Velodrome.
Success led to him representing Great Britain at junior level two years later and he made his World championship bow in 2008.
But it wasn’t until 2012 that he exploded onto the scene in the London Games, setting a new world record in the team sprint alongside Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes.
He got an OBE for his performances in London and was sensational as he completed a hat-trick of gold medals this year in Rio.
In September, he tied the knot with fellow Team GB cyclist and British Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny, previously Laura Trott.
Shelley Rudman, Olympic medals – 1, Age 38
Shelley Rudman has represented Team GB at three Olympic Winter Games, and is one of our most decorated skeleton athletes.
She won an Olympic silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics, which was Great Britain’s only medal at the Games.
She said before the event that she was aiming for a “top ten finish”, but surpassed all those expectations.
The 2006 Games was seen as a stepping stone for the 2010 Games, but she was disappointed to finish down in sixth in Vancouver, Canada.
Roger Bannister, 0 Olympic medals, died March 2018
Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four minute mile in 1954, and although he never won an Olympic medal, you should be proud to share a birthday with this man.
In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki Bannister set a British record in the 1,500 metres but finished fourth. This strengthened his resolve to be the first four-minute miler.
He never won an Olympic medal, but finished fourth for Team GB at the Helsinki 1952 Olympic Games as he set a new British record in the 1,500m.
Bannister became a distinguished neurologist after quitting athletics.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011 and died at the age of 88 on March 3, 2018.