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7 Memorable Olympic Moments Over the Years

 

Rome 1960 Olympics

Born into poverty, Wilma Rudolph contracted scarlet fever, pneumonia and polio. She ended up not only walking, but running her way to win 3 gold medals.

“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”

Mexico 1968 Olympics

After the sun had set, with only a small crowd remaining at the stadium, John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania crossed the finish line. He completed his marathon even after he injured his knee and the winner had finished an hour before him.

“My country did not send me 5000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5000 miles to finish the race.”

Barcelona 1992 Olympics

Derek Redmond was favored to take home gold but mid-race he tore his hamstring. He got up and pressed on, and with his dad by his side he crossed the finish line.

Turin 2006 Olympics

An act of pure sportsmanship when Canadian cross-country skier Sara Renner broke her pole. Norwegian head coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen rushed his team’s spare pole to Renner who later went on to take gold.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Alexandre Bilodeau talks about how his brother copes with cerebral palsy and inspires him everyday. After winning gold at the Sochi Olympics he dedicated his medal to his brother saying

“Whatever I do in life, my brother is my real inspiration.”

Sochi 2014 Olympics

Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth returns the sportsmanship Norway showed them in 2006 and pays it forward to Russian skier Anton Gafarov when he breaks his ski.

Sochi 2014 Olympics

Gilmore Junio passes up his spot in the men’s speed skating event to Denny Morrison simply because

“We wanted what was best for the team, what gave us the best chance to win.”

Denny Morrison went on to win Silver for Canada and it all started because of a selfless act and a text message.