The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery provides us with a visual narrative of American history. Using photography, performing arts and new media, it features the smirks, smiles and stares of individuals who've influenced our culture. A search through its collections recovered pictures of athletes whose past performances at the Winter Oympic Games immortalized them in the minds of millions. From figure skating film stars to teenage snowboarders, our round-up of old and recent winners alike is a nostalgic reminder of trails blazed and inspiration sown. Even heroes must eventually retire to the bleachers, where they'll watch a new generation break records—and hearts. But unlike most precious metals, Olympic gold never tarnishes.