3. Caitlyn Jenner

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With everything that’s gone on lately, it might be incredibly easy to forget what an athlete Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) was. When he won the decathlon at the 1974 games, he famously draped himself in the American flag, something that almost all gold-winning American athletes now do today.

4. Muhammad Ali

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Known as the “Greatest of All Time” in the sport of professional boxing, few might not realize that Ali appeared as an amateur boxer in the 1960 Summer Olympics. We’re sure you can guess how that went; he took home to gold in the light-heavyweight division. Participating in the torch lighting ceremony at the 1996 Summer Olympics, he left an enduring mark on the minds of a new generation of sports fans.