Born in Lynwood, California, Venus Williams grew up and played on Compton tennis courts with sister Serena. Tennis was a family affair for the Williams: Mother Oracene Price and father Richard both coached the sisters, while Richard also provided home-schooling. Venus turned pro on Halloween, 1994. Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slams in women’s singles, and 22 overall including women’s and mixed doubles; she won five of her singles titles on Wimbledon’s grass courts, and is considered one of the best grass court tennis players of all time. Additionally, Venus has spent a total of 11 weeks ranked as world no. 1. At the Olympics, Venus has won four gold medals, more than any other tennis player ever – save her sister, Serena, who also has four and with whom Venus shared the 2000, 2004 and 2012 women’s doubles titles. Venus also won gold in singles at Sydney 2000. In 2011, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease that led her to adopt a vegan diet. She has received an associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and has started her own fashion line, EleVen. Venus is the CEO of an interior design firm called V Starr Interiors.
Date of Birth: 06/17/1980
First Olympics: 2000, Syndney