Olympic medal winners have wowed us with their athleticism and determination and have made history with some of the most unforgettable moments in sports history. From Jesse Owens historic victory in 1936 to Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, these champions have proven they have what it takes to be the best. Here's a look at some of the most well-known medal winners from past and present Olympic Games.
Ronda Rousey is making history: the UFC announced they’re inducting her as their first female Hall of Famer in a ceremony this July 5 in Las Vegas. “There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said in the statement.
Caitlyn Jenner and model Sophia Hutchins went public with their relationship by posting an intimate Instagram photo prior to their joint appearance at the ESPYs. The two had previously been spotted at events together but downplayed the dating rumors.
Gymnast Aly Raisman accepted the ESPYs' Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of the numerous victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story," she said. "Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone."
Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for the 2017 animated short “Dear Basketball,” but he won’t be admitted to the Academy. The Governors of the Academy voted to rescind the basketball player’s invitation, likely due to their code of conduct and his history of sex assault allegations.
In a CNN interview, beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings says she was warned she might lose her sponsorships when she discovered she was six weeks pregnant with her first child at the London Olympics. “Certain brands stepped up when others leave. That’s just the cycle of life,” she said.
Lindsey Vonn won the third and what may be the last Olympic medal of her career: a bronze in downhill skiing. The athlete has battled major knee constructions, multiple broken bones, nerve damage and shredded cartilage since her last 2010 Olympic appearance in Vancouver.
After winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the men’s halfpipe with a score of 97.75, American Shaun White made history as the only 3-time gold medalist snowboarder at the Games. Later, he apologized for past behavior after recently calling sexual harassment claims levied against him in 2016 “gossip.”
LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $153.3 million contract. This is the second time the four-time MVP basketball star has left his hometown, which is where he has said he wants to finish his career.
McKayla Maroney has spoken publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar at the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In October 2017, she was the first of her 2012 Olympic teammates to reveal abuse.
Lance Armstrong reached a settlement of $5 million to settle claims that he defrauded the federal government, avoiding a potentially far costlier trial. The Tour de France cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs while sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service team.