4. Carl Lewis Ties Jesse Owens' Olympic Record (Los Angeles 1984)
Why not think big? That's a sentiment that runner Carl Lewis used for inspiration going into the 1984 Los Angeles Games, when he sought to match the high mark set by the great Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, who netted a total of four gold medals. Lewis did indeed manage to accomplish this goal, taking the gold in the following categories – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump. Lewis would go on to further success in subsequent Olympic games, earning two gold medals in 1988, two more in 1992, plus another one in 1996 – resulting in a total of nine gold medals during his Olympic career.