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    Two of my favourites from my adopted homeland:

    -- 1984, in his first and only appearance at the Olympics, legendary judoka Yasuhiro Yama****a wins the Gold Medal despite tearing a right calf muscle in the preliminary match (his pivot leg.) His opponent in the Final, Mohamed Ali Rashwan, receives an award from the International Fairplay Committee for not targeting Yama****a's injured leg. http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=AajY3HA0RtU

    -- 1976, Shun Fujimoto -- "scored 9.5 on the pommel horse and 9.7 on the rings with a broken knee, dismounting from the rings from eight feet above ground and keeping his balance after landing on his feet." http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq-C5-vIim8

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohtani's jacket View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Haha yep, you're right about that. I was able to watch her race in the heats when I attended the Olympics. Was awesome.

    Freeman had captured our hearts back in 1996 anyway, it was just the fact that she missed the gold then that made her 2000 run all the more special (though the French chick that won the gold in 96 ran off cos she was being stalked or something right? ).

    I remember in 96 I was in grade 4 and the whole class was allowed to watch the race. We were shattered when she lost, and the teacher told us how she still did us proud and put in a great effort.

    Ahh good old Cathy. I also remember her coffee ads as well.

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    I enjoyed watching Freeman in 96. TBH, 96 is the Olympics I watched most of all, I was 12 at the time and just stayed up all night every night watching the track and field, the weightlifting and whatever else. Felt sad when it ended as I had a feeling nothing I would never quite enjoy an Olympiad that much again and I was right.
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    Anyway, I'd like to second Goughy's nomination of Seb Coe. Always found it fascinating that a superb athlete whose stronger suit was clearly the 800m won two golds in the 1500. Damn shame he never went in 88.

    Would like to nominate the following:

    • Britain win gold in the 4 X 100, Athens 04

    • Kelly Holmes, Athens 04

    • Redgrave makes it five in Sydney 2000

    • Pinsent's four in a row 2004

    • Carl Lewis wins the Long Jump gold in 1996, what a marvellous moment as he made it four in a row

    • Carl Lewis LA 1984, what a brilliant athlete


    Also if Jesse Owens hasn't been seconded then I second it, saw it nominated earlier


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    Hicham El Guerrouj's two golds at Athens is memorable for me. Possibly my favourite track and field athlete ever.
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    Sally Gunnell 1992, greatest achievement by someone who looked like she should have been inBirds of a Feather

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    What about that Mongolian guy(Pyambu Tuul ?) who ran the marathon in 1992...he was so slow it was dark when he finished and they closed the stadium so he had to finish on the training track. They interviewed him afterwards and asked him if it was the best day of his life and he said no...up until 6 months ago he was completely blind and the greatest day of his life was when he got his sight back and saw his wife and children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave View Post
    What about that Mongolian guy(Pyambu Tuul ?) who ran the marathon in 1992...he was so slow it was dark when he finished and they closed the stadium so he had to finish on the training track. They interviewed him afterwards and asked him if it was the best day of his life and he said no...up until 6 months ago he was completely blind and the greatest day of his life was when he got his sight back and saw his wife and children.
    Sounds made up, especially as I was at Barca 92 and dont recall this.

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    Kipchoge Keino Mexico '68. Got stuck in traffic and ran the last mile to the stadium then went on to win the 1500 metres by the largest margin ever.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ric1DJJ5WAg

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    Nominated
    1 Muhammed Ali lighting the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
    2 1992 Opening Ceremony Barcelona, the Archer lighting the flame.
    3 Michael Johnson 200m and 400m double at the Atlanta Olympics
    4 Greg Louganis, diving hitting his head and coming back to win gold.
    85 USA Dream Team - Basketball 1992 - The team was awesome: Jordon, Magic, Bird etc.
    6 Cathy Freeman 400m 2000 Olympics, the race that stopped the nation.
    7 Perkins 1500 win from lane 8.
    8 Eric the Eel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjCc...eature=related
    9 Seb Coes 'I told you so' in the 1984 1500m. Breathtaking, beautiful and special. A man written off that destroys the field and is still the only back-to-back winner of Olympic 1500m.http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KupBT6XdC2c
    10 Jesse Owens winning 4 Gold Medals in Berlin.
    11 Nadia Comaneci first ever perfect 10.
    12 Linford Christie winning the 100m in 1992
    13 GB beating West Germany in the 1988 hockey final & especially Barry Davies's commentary "Where were the Germans? &, frankly, who cares?" Jingoism at its finest.
    14 Derek Redmond being helped round the track by his dad after his hamstring went in the 400m final
    15 Redgrave's "If you see me go near a boat you have my permission to shoot me" after winning gold in 1996. He, of course, returned 4 years later.
    16 Ben Johnson's run in the 1988 games. Doped he may've been, but it was awesome at the time.
    17 The Aussie swimming relay team air-guitaring in celebration after winning gold in a reference to Gary Hall Jnr comment about "Smashing them like guitars".
    18 The siege at the 1972 Olympics. Nuff said.
    19 Chariots of Fire; Liddle, Abrahams & all that.
    20 Some Korean boxer refusng to leave the ring for what seemed like years after losing a points decision in 1988.
    21 Bob Beamon's leap in the 1968 Mexico games.
    22 Cricket at the 1900 Olympics.
    23 Edwin Moses rounding out his stunning career with a bronze in the 400m hurdles at Seoul in 1988...
    24 DFK hurdles gold in 1988. [Debbie Flintoff-King]
    25 Mark Spitz's 7 Gold and 7 world records - Munich 1972
    26 Dawn Fraser wins her 3rd straight 100m freestyle - Tokyo 1964
    27 Shane Gould, wins 3 gold, and becomes the first ever female swimmer to win 3 Olympic Gold each in WR time (200m IM, 200m & 400m free). By doing so she also became the only male or female swimmer to ever hold the WR for each freestyle event from 100m to 1500m at the same time. She was only 15 at the time.
    28. Shane Heal v Yanks 1996.
    29. Jane Saville - Disqualification in the 20km walk, just out of the stadium, losing a certain gold.
    30. Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia Wins the Olympic Marathon, Running Barefoot! 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome.
    31. Olga Korbut's performance in 1972 Russian Gymnast.
    32. Cecil Healy 1912 Stockholm - silver in 100m freestyle. Olympic spirit at it's finest.
    33. Karoly Takacs, pistol shooter from Hungary, right handed rapid fire shooter loses right hand in WW2, comes back and wins gold with his left hand!
    34. Carl Schumann 1896 - Won 3 Golds in Gymnastics and 1 in Greco Roman Wrestling, he also competed in long jump, triple jump and shot put and in weightlifting.
    35. African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos perform their Power to the People salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
    36. Sydney Olympic mascots 10m bomb diving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8YS...eature=related
    37. 1984, Legendary judoka Yasuhiro Yama****a wins the Gold Medal despite tearing a right calf muscle in the preliminary match (his pivot leg.) His opponent in the Final, Mohamed Ali Rashwan, receives an award from the International Fairplay Committee for not targeting Yama****a's injured leg. http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=AajY3HA0RtU
    38.1976, Shun Fujimoto -- "scored 9.5 on the pommel horse and 9.7 on the rings with a broken knee, dismounting from the rings from eight feet above ground and keeping his balance after landing on his feet." http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq-C5-vIim8
    39.Britain win gold in the 4 X 100, Athens 04
    40. Kelly Holmes, Athens 04
    41. Redgrave makes it five in Sydney 2000
    42. Pinsent's four in a row 2004
    43. Carl Lewis wins the Long Jump gold in 1996, what a marvellous moment as he made it four in a row
    44. Carl Lewis LA 1984, what a brilliant athlete
    45. Hicham El Guerrouj's two golds at Athens
    46. Mongolian guy Pyambu Tuul who ran the marathon in 1992...he was so slow it was dark when he finished and they closed the stadium so he had to finish on the training track. They interviewed him afterwards and asked him if it was the best day of his life and he said no...up until 6 months ago he was completely blind and the greatest day of his life was when he got his sight back and saw his wife and children.
    47. Kipchoge Keino Mexico '68. Got stuck in traffic and ran the last mile to the stadium then went on to win the 1500 metres by the largest margin ever.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ric1DJJ5WAg
    48. Kenya 2004 steeple chase. Clean sweep, need I say more


    Seconded and through to the finals.
    1 Cathy Freeman 400m 2000 Olympics, the race that stopped the nation.
    2 Nadia Comaneci first ever perfect 10.
    3 Derek Redmond being helped round the track by his dad after his hamstring went in the 400m final
    4 8 Eric the Eel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjCc...eature=related
    5 Perkins 1500 win from lane 8.
    6 The Aussie swimming relay team air-guitaring in celebration after winning gold in a reference to Gary Hall Jnr comment about "Smashing them like guitars".
    7 USA Dream Team - Basketball - The team was awesome: Jordon, Magic, Bird etc
    8 Michael Johnson 200m and 400m double at the Atlanta Olympics
    9 Jesse Owens winning 4 Gold Medals in Berlin.
    10 Muhammed Ali lighting the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
    11 Greg Louganis, diving hitting his head and coming back to win gold.
    12 Bob Beamon's leap in the 1968 Mexico games.
    13.African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos perform their Power to the People salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
    14. Sydney Olympic mascots 10m bomb diving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8YS...eature=related
    15. Seb Coes 'I told you so' in the 1984 1500m. Breathtaking, beautiful and special. A man written off that destroys the field and is still the only back-to-back winner of Olympic 1500m.http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KupBT6XdC2c
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    I'm thinking that perhaps everything nominated should be in the finals as all the options appear memorable.

    Are there any that shouldn't be included, any more great moments not mentioned?.

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    I say go with the lot as there is not much traffic in here.

    If you find yourself with an uneven number, could always throw in a few wildcard selections

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    Nominate British 4x100m 2004.
    Or something.

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    Don't you mean second, you lazy ignoramus

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    There's tons more, really.

    How about Olga Korbut in the 1972 Munich Games? She failed to win in the individual all-around after a fall, but came back to win two gold medals in the Balance Beam and the floor exercise events. Here she is on the uneven bars -- http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOmFgBAdIA&NR=1

    From the same 72 Games, the USSR defeat the USA Men's Basketball team 51-50 in the most controversial international basketball game ever played. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketb...cs#Controversy

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