Famous People Born in 1972
Soccer Player / 1972 -
Mia Hamm is a former American soccer player who competed with the U.S. women's national soccer team for 17 years. She won the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, and took Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.
Film Actor, Basketball Player, Rapper / 1972 -
Standing 7 feet tall and weighing 315 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant players in the NBA. After his 2011 retirement, he became an on-screen league analyst.
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