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Winning championships is hard enough with all five senses. But these amazing deaf athletes overcame an incredible disadvantage to become champions.

Several famous Olympians, NFL players, and basketball champions are deaf. Some of these sports stars were born deaf while others became hearing impaired after bouts of illness. But whether they grew up coping with hearing loss or had their important sense taken from them later in life, these professional athletes know a thing or two about conquering hurdles.

Who is the most famous deaf athlete? Matt Hamill tops our list. MMA fighter Matt Hamill has been deaf since birth. He was the subject of the 2010 movie entitled The Hammer.

Want to know more about athletes who are deaf? Check out the slideshow below, and prepare to be impressed.

Matt Hamill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Amazing Athletes Who Are Deaf
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MMA fighter and National Collegiate Wrestling Championion, Matt Hamill, has been deaf since birth. He was the subject of the 2010 movie entitled The Hammer.

Age: age 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Loveland, Ohio

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Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Amazing Athletes Who Are Deaf
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Tamika Catchings was born with hearing impairments in both ears. She said, "in the classroom kids could make fun of me for being different. On the soccer field (my first sport) and eventually the basketball court, they couldn't. I outworked them, plain and simple. Eventually, I was better than them."

Age: age 36

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball, Indiana Fever

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Chris Colwill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Amazing Athletes Who Are Deaf
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Olympic diver Chris Colwill has 60% hearing loss. He says, "I know how to put myself into focus. I'm really good at blocking out noises anyway. It definitely helps me more than it hurts."

Age: age 31

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Brandon, Florida, United States of America

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Jim Kyte is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Amazing Athletes Who Are Deaf
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Jim Kyte was the first legally deaf person to play professional hockey. He co-founded the Canadian Hearing Impaired Hockey Association and started the Jim Kyte Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired.

Age: age 51

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

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