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Tony Parker

A two-time Olympian and a four-time NBA champion, Tony Parker had an interesting and varied upbringing before becoming a star name in basketball.

Born in Belgium to an American basketball player father and Dutch model mother, but raised in France, he followed his dad's sporting footsteps.

And Parker soon surpassed his father's achievements, becoming a major player in the NBA and representing France at London 2012 and Rio 2016, before retiring from international competition aged 34.

The point guard helped his country to the Quarter-Finals at both tournaments, but they were beaten by Spain on each occasion, ending his hopes of an Olympic Games medal.

Parker won the 2013 EuroBasket with France, where he was named the tournament MVP, was twice the FIBA EuroBasket top scorer and twice named FIBA Europe Player of the Year.

He has spent more than 15 years in the NBA, with the San Antonio Spurs, having been drafted in 2001.

Parker, who had been inspired to switch sports from football to basketball after watching Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, won titles with them in 2003, 2005, 2007 - when he was named NBA Finals MVP - and also in 2008.

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