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.
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.”
Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey’s career with the MMA is officially over: The wrestler has announced to be a full-time wrestler with the WWE. The former UFC champion isn’t the first to jump to pro wrestling, following in the footsteps of Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn.
Gracing the cover of Vogue’s February issue, Serena Williams reveals she had an emergency C-section for daughter Alexis Olympia followed by a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries. Last week the tennis star bowed out of her first postpartum match, the Australian Open, to recover.
LeBron James became the seventh NBA player to join the 30,000-point club in Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is the youngest to make this record at 33 years and 24 days, besting previous record-holder Kobe Bryant.
“[Nassar] abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that will never go away." So read a statement by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney read during the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, found guilty of sex abuse against minors.
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong, who had his 7 Tour titles stripped for steroid use, will host a reception for ‘Icarus,’ Netflix’s Oscar-nominated doping documentary. “It’s hard to imagine that I could be blown away by much in that realm but I was. Incredible work @bryanfogel!" Armstrong tweeted.