Shani Davis | In 2006, the Chicago native became the first black athlete to win individual gold at the Winter Games – a hard-earned feat for a kid who had to travel to suburban Evanston for the nearest rink. "I was lucky to have a parent who wanted me to do something that might seem ridiculous to a Chicago South Sider," he says. "Man, I got destroyed. 'You figure skate. You wear tights. Why you doing that white sport?' To this day, my friends make fun of me."