7. Mary Lou Retton Gets the Gold

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Of course, famed gymnast Mary Lou Retton paved the way for Kerri Strug’s incredible performance in 1996. At the age of 16, Mary became the first American ever (male or female) to bring home a gymnastics gold medal for the United States.

8. The Miracle on Ice

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When the US Hockey Team went to the 1980 Winter Olympics, no one expected very much. But then they improbably beat the heavily favored Soviet Union, before going on to capture the gold over Finland.