1960 Rome Games
Medal count: One gold
Just before going pro, Ali – then known as Cassius Clay – won the light heavyweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics, which were also the first games to be televised internationally. He later claimed to have thrown his medal into the Ohio River after a white restaurant refused to serve him, though friends later said he simply lost it. In 1996, he lit the torch at the Atlanta Olympics and received a replacement medal.