7. Kerri Strugg, Gymnast
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, gymnast Kerri Strugg had a big challenge: she had to nail her final vault routine in order to beat the Russians, and she had torn 2 ligaments and sprained her ankle. Somehow, despite everything stacked up against her, Kerri did it and brought home the gold medal for her team. She was in pain, she could have given up, but she didn’t and her success is one that fans, athletes, coaches and spectators will never forget.