With the 2012 London Summer Olympics in full swing, we decided to bring you back over 115 years to a time when a Boston University Law Student was the first Olympian to win a gold medal.

Over the last century, several New Englanders have made the country proud, serving as pillars in the world-renowned Olympic Games. Although some have been arrested (way to go, Skippy), others have broken records, and we’re hoping more records can be broken in the days to come. Let’s hope these 19 athletes below serve as inspiration.