This collection of sports figures in Oregon all have a reason to celebrate this week


Vin Lananna (age 65)

The TrackTown USA and USA Track & Field president also is Associate Athletic Director for Olympic Development at the University of Oregon.

Jan. 18, 1979

Jonathan Smith (age 39)

The new coach of the Oregon State football team was born on this day in Pasadena, Calif. He played quarterback for the Beavers from 1998-2001, and coached two years there as a graduate assistant before working on the staffs at Idaho, Montana, Boise State and Washington.

Jan. 20, 1998

Skyler McKenzie (age 20)

Born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, the Portland Winterhawks' 5-9, 165-pound left winger is one of the team's top scorers and was drafted by the NHL Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round in 2017.

Jan. 21, 1953

Paul Allen (age 65)

The owner of the Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks was born in Seattle, where he co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He has been involved in countless business ventures and philanthrophy, and as of June 2017 was ranked as the 46th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of nearly $21 billion.

Jan. 21, 1984

Haloti Ngata (age 34)

The Detroit Lions' defensive tackle, 6-4 and 340 pounds, was an All-American for Oregon.

Jan. 21, 1988

Ashton Eaton (age 30)

The retired world record-holder and two-time Olympic decathlon champion was born in Portland and grew up in Bend, attending Mountain View High before his college career at the University of Oregon.

Jan. 22, 1988

Greg Oden (age 30)

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Blazers in 2007, the 7-foot center from Ohio State, and born in Buffalo, N.Y., played in 82 regular-season games for Portland, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. After sitting out from 2010-13 because of injuries, he returned for 23 games with the Miami Heat in 2013-14.

Jan. 22, 1993

Steven Nelson (age 25)

A 5-11, 195-pounder from Oregon State via Warner Robins, Ga., he started at cornerback this season for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jan. 22, 1996

Dillon Brooks (age 22)

The Memphis Grizzlies' rookie small forward from the University of Oregon was born in Mississauga, Canada.

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