Claressa Shields rose from poverty and obscurity to celebrity by winning gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Val James was the first black American in the NHL. The story of what he went through to get there is heartbreaking.
Lieutenant Colonel John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, a.k.a. "Mad Jack," was finally honored this year by the Royal Norwegian Explorers Club for being a crazy bastard who ran screaming into battle armed with a longbow and a sword.