The London Olympics 2012 has just begun, and everyone’s eyes are on it. This is one of the worldwide events that unite all countries, despite of the competition that it brings to the athletes. Since the commemoration of the first Olympic event in 1896, there were series of chronicles in the lives of the people who have participated in the history of Olympic games where it left remarkable experiences that cannot be forgotten since it will forever leave traces of inspirational moments about fighting, winning, and conquering one’s fear while showing off courage. It’s indeed overwhelming to witness another year of engagement, opposition, and race to get the desired splendid triumph. Let’s recall the most candid and significant as you catch the 10 Olympic moments of all time which are permanent, unique, and monumental in the history of Olympic Events.
10. Ali Lights the Torch
In 1984, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was diagnosed of Parkinson disease where it was really a struggling moment for him to appear and bear the Olympic Torch. It was kept before the whole world as to who would lead the lighting of the torch prior to the event. When the people saw him, everyone was surprised, especially when witnessing the shaking of his hands in order to get through with it. Everybody was touched and spectators were caught crying and feeling that Ali had won the hearts of the people sending a signal that he had his victory in that moment.
9. Abebe Bikila Ran Barefooted & Won
An Ethiopian runner fought the marathon barefooted and he brought victory to his country despite that some of the athletes gave up the possibility of doing it. He was positive that he could do it. He has proved it and overcame the pain of running without shoes on his feet.
8. Perfect 10 Score for Nadia Comaneci
It was the first time in the history of Olympics to witness a flawless performance in the field of gymnastics. Nadia Comaneci, a representative from Rome, received a perfect 10 score in an uneven bar in 1976 Summer Olympics which was held in Montreal, Canada.
7. The Horrific and Remarkable Fall of Herman Maier
The 1998 Olympics has been unforgettable not just for Herman Maier, but also to those people who had watched the terrifying incident on the skiing field. It was a hearts-stopping, bone-chilling scene because of the downhill run that Maier did, where his body flew away from the course for more than 70 miles per hour. In fact, when one would watch the whole video of his landing on the orange safety nets, it is as if he was thrown like a doll on the air where the fall was seemingly expected to be the end of his career, and his life. Nonetheless, he managed to survive and he just sustained injuries on his knees and shoulders.
6. The Jamaican Bobsled Team
It was the first time that a tropical country fought in the International Bobsledding competition. They did not bring home the bacon, but they caught the hearts of the people who have watched how Jamaicans have endured the cold in this winter sport. They did not have any practice before showing up in this 1988 Winter Olympic Games that was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In fact, the majority of its players borrowed spare sleds from other countries, which made them really the underdog in this competition. They became famous because of their mental power to continue the game that paved the way to the filming of Cool Runnings movie because of them.
5. Runner’s Father Helped His Son
Everyone was touched when Derek Redmond was assisted by his father in finishing his course. Everyone was in tears in the 1992 Olympics Event after Jim Redmond got up from his seat and could not hold his emotion back seeing that his son cannot run for more, where he took him by the hand, and held it while people on the venue stood up and applauded the father’s love to his son.
4. Shun Fujimoto’s Pain to Win
In the 1976 Olympics, the Gymnastic Team from Japan maintained their winning streak over Montreal because of the sacrifice of one person, Shun Fujimuto. He was enduring an extreme pain in his right knee, which he got while he was doing his floor exercises prior to the start of the game. Hence, no one from his team was aware of his condition, and he suffered it so much just to get the victory again, one more time. In fact, he even scored 9.7 at that event. After the game, his entire leg was reduced of its normal function. He had a broken patella and torn ligaments.
3. Kerri Strug Shrugged of the Pain
Just like Shun Fujimoto, Kerri Strug shrugged off the pain that she felt while participating in the Gymnastics event in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. She bagged the gold medal after she received an injury on the first vault, but she decided to continue on the second vault even when the pain has really pierced her so much. She was one of the members of the Magnificent Seven Team who did a heroic performance that brought the first Gold medal for the United States.
2. Jesse Owen Raised Black People’s Pride
The inferior looks to most of the black athletes were shunned off by Jesse Owen’s performance during the 1936 Summer Olympics that happened in Berlin Germany. In fact, he was the first American-African athlete who won four Olympic Golds in 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and the 4×1 meter relay. He has proven as well that the Aryans were not forever superior in Olympic Games and that the blacks would always be inferior.
1. 1980 US Hockey beats Russia
It was also known as the “Miracle on Ice” after the US team finally defeated the Soviet Team during the 1980 Winter Olympics that took place in New York City. It was common knowledge during that time that the championship title was associated to Soviets and they became a favorite team in every Olympic tournament. Another shocking detail was that Soviet was beaten by a group of amateurs from the US team.