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Everybody has to start somewhere, right? Right. For some of Hollywood's best and brightest, that somewhere is on the playing field and not the movie set. 

Yes, it's true. Many of our favorite stars had aspirations of becoming professional athletes when they were children, just like you probably did. (But not me. I always dreamed of being a rock star. We can all see how THAT turned out.)

You might know that Justin Bieber loves to play hockey, but did you know he's also pretty decent at basketball? And did you know that rapper 2 Chainz was a star high school hoops standout in Atlanta?

Kate Upton, SI model, actress, and all around hottie used to ride horses! And then there's Duchess Kate Middleton who is great at basically everything she does, including besting Prince William in sailing.

Take a look at these 13 celebrity athletes who are probably better athletes than you. And me. (Hey, we're all good at something, right? Right. Let's keep telling ourselves that.)

13 Celebrities Who Are Better Athletes Than You
When he isn't steaming up the screen as McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey likes to heat up the pavement behind the wheel of race cars.
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Patrick Dempsey

1. Patrick Dempsey

When he isn't steaming up the screen as McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey likes to heat up the pavement behind the wheel of race cars.


Denzel Washington

2. Denzel Washington

Before hitting it big in Hollywood and winning two Oscars, Denzel Washington was hitting it big as a basketball player at Fordham University.


Mark Harmon

3. Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon was the starting quarterback at UCLA. He's sort of a quarterback in the NCIS office calling all the plays as Gibbs, right?


Justin Bieber

4. Justin Bieber

In addition to being a singer, dancer, and general douchebag, Justin Bieber is actually quite the basketball player - his mean crossover dribble earned him NBA Celebrity All-Star Game MVP honors!


BONUS! Justin Bieber

5. BONUS! Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber ALSO plays hockey! He once crashed a junior hockey team's practice in Atlanta.


Kate Middleton

6. Kate Middleton

If the Spice Girls ever want to reunite, we volunteer Duchess Kate Middleton as tribute to take over the role of Sporty Spice!


Jason Segel

7. Jason Segel

Jason Segel might not have seen much time on the court, but he WAS Jason Collins' backup in high school. That totally counts!


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

8. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Before becoming a professional wrestler and eventually an actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was leading the University of Miami football team to a National Championship title in 1991.


Bruce Jenner

9. Bruce Jenner

It might be hard to believe by looking at him now, but once upon a time Bruce Jenner was an Olympian.


Kate Upton

10. Kate Upton

Before she was walking the runway in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition, Kate Upton was a nationally ranked equestrian. So many bouncing boob jokes about barrel jumping. So little time.


Jessica Biel

11. Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel's soccer training came in handy when she played Mary Camden on Seventh Heaven. Mary was a star soccer player. Biel also took gymnastics as a child.


2 Chainz

12. 2 Chainz

Before he was 2 Chainz, he was Tauheed Epps (also Tity Boi, but we won't talk about that.) Epps was a star high school basketball player at North Clayon High School in Georgia.


Emma Watson

13. Emma Watson

Emma Watson might look petite and unassuming, but don't let that fool you. She's a star field hockey player.


Kaley Cuoco

14. Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco might have bought her boobs, but she earned those abs and arms on the tennis court!


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Kate Middleton played some volleyball this morning in her third formal public appearance since giving birth at an East London event for the charity SportsAid.

The athletic Duchess is a patron for the organization, and she showed her affinity for sports again today in a Breton-style top, skinny jeans and five inch wedges.

At one point, Kate Middleton jumped and spiked, baring her midriff as she leapt for the ball, no doubt causing London’s tabloid editors to have heart palpitations.

Bump, set, spoke ... in sales!

Middleton's inadvertent stomach reveal showed it to be stunningly flat, with nary a sign that she was very pregnant less than three months ago.

Some women just make it look so easy.

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Will Kate Middleton have a c-section or a natural birth?

Will she welcome a boy or a girl? With what color hair?

When will he/she arrive? And what will the name be?

Kate Middleton in a Hat

For royal watchers - and gamblers - worldwide, there's a lot riding on these questions, as sports books say they've seen a surge in action since December.

"The second we found out that she was with child," in December 2012, said Rupert Adams of William Hill, one of the largest bookmakers in the U.K.

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Betting on Kate Middleton baby names has become a British craze this spring, which is pretty hilarious, but also not entirely surprising.

People will bet on anything, after all, and this is a particularly fun topic to speculate about. So which name is currently most popular among bettors?

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Based on the number of bets placed, Britain's bookmakers say Alexandra is the clear favorite, with the odds already down to a surprising 2-1 as of Thursday.

Elizabeth, Diana and Victoria are close behind, following widespread speculation that the royal couple is expecting a girl - which is not even confirmed.

All things considered, and assuming Kate Middleton is pregnant with the royal heiress, the bookies - and the gamblers - are likely on the right track.

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As if Kate Middleton weren't cool enough, she showed off her sporty side playing ping pong and basketball at a community center in Scotland yesterday.

While six months pregnant, mind you!

She and Prince William duked it out at the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre in Glasgow, partaking in a game of table tennis, much to the delight of local residents.

The mom-to-be, who revealed her due date earlier in the day, also put her basketball skills on display by shooting some hoops, and wasn't terrible!

William and Kate are on a two-day tour for their foundation, which hopes to foster a new generation of young sports coaches, among other noble efforts.

The athletic royals scored big with this visit!

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Bookies. What they won't think of to take bets on next.

The oddsmakers at British betting house Ladbrokes are taking bets on the pregnant Kate Middleton's due date, all the way down to the day and hour.

When are they thinking we will meet the royal baby?

Kate Middleton With Flowers

July 3, based on their most recent odds. Around noon GMT, if you're looking to get specific with your bet in the office pool you know you're starting.

As for potential Prince William-Kate Middleton baby names?

Assuming Kate is in fact expecting a girl, Elizabeth and Diana are still favorites with 5-1 odds, followed by Victoria and Frances at 7-1 and 8-1 respectively.

We like Caroline or Charlotte as a dark horse, personally.

What should Kate name her daughter?

 

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Wimbledon royal box fixture and avid sports fan Kate Middleton has been awarded an honorary membership to the prestigious All England Tennis Club.

Being a Duchess certainly has its privileges!

Kate Middleton at Wimbledon

"The Duchess was pleased to accept the kind offer, especially given her interest in tennis," a palace rep said of Kate and the venue of the iconic sports event.

Of course, the 31-year-old wife of Prince William is unlikely to make it to Wimbledon this year (with Kate Middleton's due date also falling in early July).

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Last night marked Kate Middleton's first public appearance since being hospitalized with morning sickness this month - and it was a TV appearance at that!

The glowing Duchess of Cambridge, in a green Alexander McQueen dress, was on hand to give out awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.

No real sign of a baby bump yet from Kate, but her very appearance is a hopeful sign that the ailing, expecting 30-year-old is getting better in recent days.

It also marked her first appearance since the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

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With Princes Harry (Brazil) and Prince William (the Falklands) otherwise occupied, it fell to Kate Middleton to help ramp up the excitement as the ambassador of the 2012 London Olympics during a private visit to the city's Olympic Park.

Did she ever. She worked out with Team Great Britain's field hockey squad!

  • Sporty Kate Middleton
  • Dressy Kate Middleton

Having played the sport herself (and even serving as her school's captain), the ever-game Duchess wasted no time joining in with the ladies. So how'd she do?

As with everything else, Kate Middleton proved herself to be a total natural.

"I was really looking forward to coming here, but now I am here and have discovered I have to play," she told the men's and women's teams beforehand.

"I am not feeling confident. The last time I played was 2005, maybe. It feels like I haven't held a stick for 10 years. This is going to be so embarrassing."

"My brain thinks I can do these things, but my body doesn't play ball. Oh, please don't tell me I have to do it in front of all these people!" she joked.

Kate missed the first three of her goal attempts, but ultimately scored a goal - to rapturous applause from all players and observers, of course.

Middleton swapped her blazer and heels for a gray Team GB sweatshirt, coral jeans and Adidas sneakers. She looks great in both ensembles, no?

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are joining forces in their official new roles as ambassadors to the British Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Sadly, Pippa Middleton is not royalty and thus, will not be participating along with the aforementioned, adorable trio. She remains royally cute, however.

The Royals are part of a group of 27 other ambassadors named from among Britain's most inspirational and accomplished Olympians from previous games.

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  • Kate Middleton, Hat
  • Ginger

In the cuteness department, team Great Britain has already won gold.

"Catherine, Harry and I are honored" and "hugely looking forward to an incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer's games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence," William said in a statement.

"London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people – particularly the young – to be the best they can be," he added.

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