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 “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.
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, was one of the most beloved athletes of the 1970s and a gold medal-winning track star who set a world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As Bruce, he also appeared on the popular reality show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ In 2015, Jenner revealed that she is transgender and has become a woman, now known as Caitlyn.
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.”
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.
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.