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."
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.
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 became an immediate star after skipping college to join the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 and won another championship with Cleveland in 2016, before joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
Venus Williams is scheduled for a highly-anticipated match versus sister Serena in Friday’s U.S. Open. "Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other. We make each other better. We bring out the best when we play each other...I think we're used to it now,” Serena said.
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.