3. Hermann Maier Bounces Back

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During the downhill competition of the 1988 Winter Olympics, Hermann suffered a wipeout that very well could’ve been fatal. He got up, though, brushed himself off, and came back only days later to win the gold medal in two events… Wow!

4. Abebe Bikila Goes Barefoot

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During the Rome Olympic Games held in 1960, Abebe Bikila made an unconventional choice during the marathon, opting to go barefoot. That unconventional choice paid off when he won the gold medal!