Born in Oakville, Alabama, Jesse took home four gold medals for track at the 1936 summer games in Berlin. His accomplishment made him the most successful athlete at the Olympics that year and he is widely considered one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th century. The Jesse Owens Award is handed out every year to the best track and field athlete in the country.
Tommy was 16 when he joined the U.S. ski team in 1986 after training at a ski academy near Anchorage. He went on to compete at the 1994 Lillehammer games where he took home the gold for downhill and the silver for super-G.
Charlie was born in Phoenix, but launched his swimming career while studying at Indiana University. He swam his way to three golds and a silver at the 1968 games in Mexico City. He was also dubbed "World Swimmer of the Year" and went on to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976.
Kimberly is a short track speed skater who took home a bronze medal for the 3000 m relay at the 2010 games in Vancouver. She was born in Blytheville, Arkansas.
Shaun is a 10-time ESPY award-winning snowboarder from San Diego. He took home gold medals for the halfpipe at the 2006 games in Turin and Vancouver in 2010.
Gus was born in England, but his family relocated to Telluride when he was two. He took a year off from high school in 2009 to ski. His time on the slopes led him to the 2014 winter games in Sochi where he took home the silver medal for slopestyle.
Originally from Ridgefield, CT, Tucker became the youngest man ever to qualify for men's luge at the Olympics when he joined Team U.S.A. in Sochi in 2014 at 18. He made the team again for the 2018 games in PyeongChang.
Wilmington native Dionna took home a gold medal at the 1996 summer games in Atlanta as part of the women's softball team. She played outfield and led the team in batting average.
Born in Winter Haven, Rowdy is a three-time gold medalist for swimming at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. He has since worked for ESPN and NBC as a swimming analyst for the summer games in Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio (2016).
Elana is a Douglasville native who competed as bobsledder at the winter games in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. She took home the bronze (in 2010) and the silver (in 2014) in the two-woman race.
Elena is a Kauai native who took her love of surfing to the slopes and joined Team U.S.A. as a snowboarder at the 2006 (Turin) and 2010 (Vancouver) winter games. She also became the first boarder ever to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo at the 2013 X Games in Aspen.
It's no surprise that gold and silver medalist Picabo hails from a town called Triumph. She got her gold at the 1998 games in Nagano competing in super-G after winning the silver in downhill at the 1994 Lillehammer games. She has also been a member of the National Ski Hall of Fame since 2004.
Born in Chicago, Dorothy and her family relocated to Connecticut where she took up figure skating at eight years old. She took home silver medals at the skating world championships in 1974 and 1975 before striking gold at both the world championships and Olympics in 1976 in the ladies' singles competition.
Pittsboro's own Bridget Sloan took home the silver medal at the 2008 summer games in Beijing as part of the women's gymnastic team. She was also the all-around world champion in 2009 as well as the U.S. national champion.
Des Moines native Lolo is both a hurdler and bobsledder. She competed at the 2008 and 2012 summer games and the 2014 winter games. Lolo also dabbled in reality TV when she competed on the 19th season of Dancing With the Stars.
Lynette is a Wichita native who won the gold at the 1984 L.A. summer games as part of the women's basketball team. She became the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters the following year. Lynette also launched her WNBA career at the age of 38 for the league's inaugural season in 1997.
Leton's Tamara McKinney is an alpine skiier who competed at the 1980, 1984, and 1988 winter Olympics. She was also the only American woman to win the overall World Cup title before Lindsey Vonn did the same in 2008.
Audrey "Mickey" Patterson was the first African American woman to win an Olympic medal by taking the bronze in the 200-meter dash at the 1948 games in London. She was born in New Orleans and attended Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Maine resident since birth, Joan is known for securing the gold for winning the first-ever women's marathon at the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles. She set records winning the Boston (1979) and Chicago (1985) marathons and still races today.
Nicknamed "The Baltimore Bullet," Michael is the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals (including 23 golds) for swimming. He competed in the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 games.
Originally from Stoneham, Nancy skated her way to the bronze at the 1992 Albertville games and then upgraded to silver in 1994's Lillehammer Olympics. The '94 medal was especially well-earned following her recovery from the attack by the man hired by Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
Both born in Royal Oak, Meryl and Charlie combined forces and snagged Olympic medals as an ice dancing team at the 2010 (silver) and 2014 (bronze and gold) games. They also faced off on the 18th season of Dancing With the Stars, which Meryl won with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Hailing from Saint Paul, Lindsey is a World Cup champion alpine ski racer who took home gold and bronze medals at the 2010 games in Vancouver and competed at the 2002 and 2006 games. Although injuries kept her from skiing in Sochi in 2014, she's back on the slopes in PyeongChang.
Bolton-born Calvin Smith is a world champion runner known for securing the gold in the 4x100 m relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He also won the bronze medal in the 100 m race at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Repping St. Louis, Steve took home gold medals in ice sledge hockey at Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014) as well as a Bronze from the Torino games in 2006. The Paralympic athlete is going for gold again as goalie for Team U.S.A. at the 2018 games in South Korea.
Eric got his start in Missoula before competing in four Olympics including a gold medal performance for aerial ski jumps at the 1998 Nagano games. He was inducted into the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jordan is a Nebraska-based indoor volleyball star and two-time Olympic medalist. Her team took home the silver at the 2012 London games and the bronze in 2016 in Rio.
Julia is a Reno-born alpine skier who competed at four Olympic games and took home the gold for giant slalom in 2006 in Torino. She also scored two silvers at the Vancouver games and the bronze at Sochi in 2014. She retired from competitive skiing in 2018 but signed on to report for NBC at the PyeongChang games.
Jenny is a Dover-based swimmer and one of the most decorated Olympians in history with 12 medals: eight gold, three silver, and one bronze. She competed in the summer games in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), and Athens (2004).
Tara spent her early years living with her family in New Jersey before her Olympic figure skating training kicked into high gear. At 15, she became the youngest person to win the gold in the individual ladies' singles at the 1998 Nagano games. She regularly works with fellow skater Johnny Weir as an Olympic analyst and fashion commentator during awards season.
Albuquerque's Trent Dimas remains the only Hispanic American ever to win a gold medal on the horizontal bar at the summer games, which he accomplished at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He was inducted into the US Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jenner grew up in the Tarrytown area and played football before an injury cut that career short. She took up track at Graceland College in Iowa with a focus on decathlon. The training led to a spot on the 1976 Olympic team where Jenner took home the gold.
Born in Silver City, Lowell was a Team U.S.A. skier at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. He was also the first athlete to qualify for the 2018 team following a gold medal win at the 2017 Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria for the 20 km event.
Jocelyne and Monique are twin hockey stars from Grand Forks. Both took home silver medals at the 2010 and 2014 games. They also made the roster for Team U.S.A. at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
Peggy launched her skating career at nine years old when her family relocated from San Jose, California to Cleveland. Her training landed her three World Championship titles (1966, 1967, and 1968) and a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble. She makes regular TV appearances as a skating commentator.
Edmond's Shannon Miller has seven Olympic medals to her name. She nabbed two golds at the 1996 games in Atlanta as well as two silver and three bronze medals at the 1992 Barcelona games. She is second only to Simone Biles as the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history.
Tonya may have been publicly put through the ringer, but not before winning a silver medal at the 1991 games in Munich. Her alleged involvement in the Nancy Kerrigan attack caused her to be stripped of her two U.S. champion titles from 1991 and 1994 and a lifetime banishment from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Nevertheless, she was the first American woman ever to land a triple Axel during a competition.
Raised in Quarryville, Johnny started skating at 12 years old and was able to perform an Axel jump after only one week of lessons. He competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Johnny retired from competitive skating in 2013 but continues to work as a commentator alongside Tara Lipinski.
Warwick native Sara DeCosta-Hayes competed in two Olympic games as a goaltender for the women's hockey team. They took home the gold at Nagano in 1998 and silver in 2002 at the Salt Lake City games.
Katrina grew up in Charleston where she started her basketball career at St. Andrews High School. She has two gold medals from the 1988 and 1996 Olympics and a bronze from Barcelona in 1992. Katrina was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jana is a freestyle skier born in Rapid City. She competed in aerial events at the 2006 games in Torino and again in 2010 in Vancouver. Jana follows Scott Berry as only the second South Dakota native to compete at the Winter Olympics.
Nicknamed The Black Gazelle, Wilma was the first American woman ever to win three gold medals in a single Olympic year when she competed in Rome in 1960. She also won a bronze for the 4x100 m relay at the 1956 games in Melbourne. Despite traveling the world competing in track events, she always returned home to Tennessee where she lived out her post-retirement years.
Steven spent his youth in Park City where he took up skiing when he was six. It wasn't until 1998 that he turned his attention to bobsledding when he qualified to attend National Team Camp. He joined Team U.S.A. at the 2010 Vancouver games where he took home the gold in the four-man race. He also won bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi games competing in the two-man and four-man events.
Dover-born snowboarder Kelly Clark has three Olympic medals for halfpipe snowboarding. She joined Team U.S.A. at the Salt Lake City, Vancouver, and Sochi games.
Maame is a short track speed skater from Reston who qualified for the 2018 team competing in PyeongChang. She took the top spot at Olympic Trials in the 500 m event. Born in Ghana, she is only the second African-born athlete in Olympic history to represent the United States.
Apolo is a former short track speed skater originally from Seattle. He took home eight Olympic medals during his competitive career: two gold, two silver, and four bronze. His post-retirement life has included a stint on Dancing With the Stars, hosting Minute to Win It, and working as an Olympic commentator for NBC.
Nicknamed America's Sweetheart, Mary Lou grew up in Fairmont and has spent most of her life in West Virginia and Houston, Texas. She competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she nabbed two bronze, two silver, and one gold medal. Mary was the first American woman ever to win the gold for the all-around competition.
Eric is a former long track speed skater from Shorewood Hills who took home five gold medals at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. He was the most successful athlete at the games that year and remains the most successful Winter Olympian from any single winter games competition.
Jackson born and raised, Resi is an alpine skier who competed at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games. She won a silver and two bronze medals competing in the Junior World Championships in 2003 and 2005.