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In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, four days after losing her mother, Canadian figure skater gave a graceful, and strong performance that ultimately earned her the bronze.
This Canadian sailor was on his way to at least win the silver medal in the 1988 South Korea Olympics when he noticed that two of his competitors were injured, so he left the race to help them. After rescuing them, he went back to the race and was still faster than many, coming in 21/32. Although he didn't win silver, he was awarded an honorary medal.
In the 1968 games, when all the conflict and racial divide was a thing, two American athletes declared their protest by raising their fists in the air while they were on the podium. The fists were said to represent Black Power. One of them, Tommie Smith later said, "They called it Black Power. I called it human power or cry for freedom.
Everyone laughed at the thought of Jamaican people competing in bobsledding. After all, Jamaica is a country known for the sun, and the beach and the sea. However, this Jamaican team worked hard, and although they didn't win, they are admired for their drive and determination. They are even in a movie, for goodness sake!
This British runner, a favorite for winning the 400 meters, tore his hamstring halfway through the race. However, he wouldn't give up. He started hobbling towards the finish line when his father pushed past the security to help his son and cross the finish line with him.
Although many laughed at him, this Ethiopian runner won the marathon in Rome in 1960 completely barefoot!
Although this was very short-lived, in the 2000 Sydney Olympics North and South Korea marched together in the opening ceremony under one flag in the same uniforms.
This amazing diver jumped off the springboard and accidentally hit his head on the board while he was falling down. Everyone was shocked. However, he went on to win the gold medal in the final rounds!
Kerri was her country's last hope in winning the gold medal in team gymnastics. She, unfortunately, twisted her ankle on her first attempt. However, she wanted to try again, and although she landed on one leg, she did everything perfectly, won the gold, and then collapsed.
In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Muhammad Ali, now suffering from Parkinsons, shook as he lifted the torch. Not one person was blinking. He was shaking, but this didn't stop him from accomplishing what he wanted, lighting the torch in what was maybe the most inspiring moment at Olympics ever.