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Ronda Rousey | USA | Judo

MMA champion and action movie star Ronda Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in judo when she took bronze at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. (Getty)

16 famous athletes who you forgot were Olympic medalists

Over the decades, many of the greatest athletes the world has ever known have graced the Olympic stage with their talents. Some are bursting onto the scene for the first time; taking their first step on the pathway to greatness and success. Others still, are already world-renowned when they take their Olympic bow.

Here are 16 athletes that achieved so much over the course of their careers, that you could be forgiven for forgetting that they were once Olympic medalists.