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You win some, you lose some, and then sometimes, in the case of some blessed few, you win so much that you become an instant household name.
With Olympic fever kicking into high gear, what better way to jump-start your spirit than with a refresher course on our country’s greatest MVPs? From pioneers on the track and world-class gymnasts to an Olympian who's, well, a true Renaissance man, here's a look back at some of the record-shattering, history-making Olympians who've brought home the gold and excelled at representing the red, white, and blue.