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For Siblings in Sports, Family Comes First

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Triathlete Alistair Brownlee (left) helps his brother Jonathan (center) across the finish line after Jonathan collapsed from dehydration at the end of the Triathlon World Series in Mexico. The brothers are part of an elite cadre of athletes whose teammates — or opponents — are also family.

The Brownlee brothers’ dramatic finish, which left them in second and third place, overshadowed the win by South African Henri Schoeman. Post-race, as Jonny recovered, Alistair fielded questions from reporters, saying he didn’t think twice about slowing down to help.

"If I had sprinted past him, it would have been much worse. Plus, my mum wouldn’t have been happy with that."

- Alistair Brownlee

At the Rio Olympics, twins Anna and Lisa Hahner of Germany crossed the women’s marathon finish line hand-in-hand, placing 81st and 82nd. The result was a heartwarming photograph, but some German sports officials criticized the sisters, saying the pair were more focused on getting media attention than defeating the competition. Anna Hahner responded, telling the New York Times that they had run most of the race separately: “It was a magical moment that we could finish this marathon together. We did not think about what we were doing.”

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Anna (left) and Lisa Hahner, 26-year-old twins, approach the marathon finish line during the Rio Olympics.

Perhaps the most successful celebrity sibling duo in sports is the Williams sisters: in addition to their Grand Slam singles titles (seven for Venus, 22 for Serena), they’ve shared 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.

"Tennis is just a game, but family is forever."

- Serena Williams

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Serena (left) and Venus Williams celebrate after winning the women’s doubles final at the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.

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Quarterback brothers Eli and Peyton Manning meet midfield after a Colts game in September.

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Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies and Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls stand on the court during a game at the United Center in Chicago.

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Ukrainian brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are both heavyweight boxing champions, although Vitali is now retired. The brothers never met each other in the ring, however, and always said they never would.

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Mike and Bob Bryan have won 122 tennis titles playing as a doubles team, making them the most successful doubles team ever.

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