U.S. legend Rafer Johnson dies at age 86

1960 decathlon champion also lit the Olympic Cauldron at Los Angeles 1984 and excelled in and out of athletics...

Joe Frazier took advantage of his chance to win Olympic gold

Originally an alternate for the Games, Frazier knocked out his first three opponents then won the gold-medal bout despite a broken thumb...

She might have been underestimated, but Wyomia Tyus made a habit to finish first

The first person to repeat as an Olympic champion in the 100 meters, she felt strongly about her role as an activist....

Inside Shannon Miller’s decision to donate The Scrunchie to the Museum

The gymnast wore her famous scrunchie in every big meet for six years to keep her hair out of the way and prevent it from distracting judges....

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Harrison “Bones” Dillard is the only man to win Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. In between the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games, he served in the U.S. Army.


Guard Jerry Shipp and forward Bill Bradley led the way as the U.S. Men's Basketball Team won its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Women’s soccer was added to the Olympic Games for the first time ever and while it was only an eight-team competition, it was a rousing success capped by the U.S. 2-1 victory over China in the gold-medal game.
The U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team's gold medal at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games had a lasting impact; there were 28,000 girls and women who played ice hockey at the time, a number that has grown to 80,000 today.
Perhaps the most dominant team in any sport in Olympic history, the 2004 U.S. Softball Team earned its nickname The Real Dream Team by outscoring opponents by a combined 51 to 1.
Swimmer Erin Popovich is a three-time Paralympian; 14 of her 19 Paralympic medals were golds. She is a two-time winner of the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Misty May-Treanor was a college star at indoor volleyball, then successfully transitioned to one of the best beach volleyball careers of all-time, teaming with Kerri Walsh Jennings to win three Olympic gold medals and retiring with a then-record 112 wins.


1996 Women’s Gymnastics Team

Led by Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller, the Magnificent Seven became the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win the team all-around gold medal in the Olympic Games.

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games.

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