Kirtivardhan Bhagwat Jha Azad is a former Indian cricketer who is much-publicized for his steady off-spins and batting skills, was born on January 2, 1959, in Bihar, to a former Chief Minister of Bihar Bhagwat Jha Azad. Here are some of his major encompassments:-
While studying in Delhi, he participated in numerous domestic events and scored 4867 runs with 162 wickets in 95 Ranji Trophy events.
Azad made his international debut in Wellington during the tour of Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s.
Secured a deserving place in the World Cup team of 1983. He proved to be the crackerjack at his turn at the semi-finals and played an essential role in winning the competition by his fast bowling skills against former English cricketer Ian Botham.
Also participated in an exhibition day/night match, the same year i.e. 1983, against Pakistan and scored 71 not out which made India win the match by a wicket.
He became an MLA in the year 1993 before playing his last Ranji Trophy match.
In 1999, he was designated in the 13th Lok Sabha and was elected again in the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. Later, he joined the standing committee on health and family welfare and appeared on Doordarshan as a commentator.
Besides this, Azad was also elected a member of Delhi and District Cricket Association (D.D.C.A.) and has also won the Lok Sabha election from Darbhanga, Bihar in May 2014.
Born on 2nd January 1969, in Cerritos, California, Robert W."Robby" Gordon is an American racecar driver. He is a son of well-known off-road racer "Baja Bob"Gordon. He has raced in various car series such as NASCAR, CART, IndyCar, Trans-Am, and Speed Energy Formula Off-Road series.
Clinched bronze and a silver medal at the Summer X Games of 2014 and 2015, respectively
Emerged as the winner of five consecutive SCORE International Off-road Racing Championships held in between 1986-1990
He has competed in 396 races of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series held in a span of 20 years.
Finished first at the 2004 Emerson Radio 250, a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race, held at Richmond International Raceway
Three times winner of BAJA 1000 which is an off-road race (1989, 1990 and 2006)
Born on 2nd January 1968 in North Brabant, Theodora Elisabeth Gerarda "Anky" van Grunsven is a prominent Dutch dressage rider who has earned three Olympic gold medals in the individual event. She is the only rider who has competed at every World Equestrian Games since its inception in 1990.
The lady has earned numerous accolades in the sport amongst which some are listed here:-
Winner of three gold (Individual Dressage), five silver (in a team as well as individual event)and a bronze medal in team at the Olympics, held in between 1992-2012
Secured two gold and five silver medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games, held in 1994, 1998 and 2006,respectively
Bagged Five gold, eight silver and three bronze medals at the European Equestrian Championships,held in between 1991-2015
Won nine gold, one silver and one bronze medal in individual dressage event at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup dressage competition, held in between 1995-2009
Entitled as "Dutch Sportswoman of the Year"in 1994 and received the "Jaap Eden Award"
She has been chosen as the Flagbearer for Netherlands at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Born on 2nd January 1970 in Hugli (Hoogli), West Bengal, Bula Choudhury is an Indian swimmer who is known as the first woman in the world to cross seven seas and to an utter surprise, this feat was achieved in14 hours in 2005. Bula started swimming at the age of five after getting admitted to a swimming-training school. She earned her lifetime achievement by crossing off five continents including the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Toroneos Gulf (Gulf of Kassándra) in Greece, the Catalina Channel off the Californiacoast, and from Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa. For her historic accomplishments in swimming, she was bestowed with the Indian civilian award "PadmaShri".
At the national swimming competition of the year 1979, Bula dominated her age group by winning six gold medals in six events.
She crossed the English Channel in 1989 and replicated this feat in 1999.
The Indian Government honoured her with the prestigious Arjuna Award for her commendable performance in swimming.
In 1991, she bagged six gold medals through her supersonic performance at the South Asian Federation Games.
Bula won the 81-km (50-mile) Murshidabad Long Distance Swim in 1996.
Maximiliano Rubén "Maxi" Rodríguez is an Argentine footballer who was born on 2nd January 1981 in Rosario, Santa Fe. He participated in the FIFA World Cup of 2006, 2010 and 2014 amongst which his team secured the second position in 2014’s event. He often plays as a winger and a midfielder for his team. Needless to say that he is one of the legendary players of the soccer world.
Glimpse of his achievements:-
Played total of 232 games and scored 58 goals over the course of eight seasons for Espanyol, Atlético Madrid and amassing La Liga
Gave a remarkable performance in conquering FIFA U-20 World Cup of 2001 along with his team
While playing for club Atlético Madrid, he gave his crucial participation to the team in UEFA Intertoto Cup of season 2007
Won Football League Cup of season 2011–12 with Liverpool club
Conquest over "Argentine Primera División" of 2013 which is a professional football league of Argentina