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5 Monumental Moments in Olympic Games History!

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Atlanta, 1996. This iconic moment shows American Icon Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame despite his severe Parkinson’s disease. The former professional boxer beat more champions in the heavyweight division than anyone in history. Bill Clinton commented, “They didn’t tell me who would light the flame, but when I saw it was you, I cried.” 

 

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Montreal, 1976. Jenner won the gold medal in the Decathalon, setting the world record at 8,618 points. He became the face of Wheaties after his victory and was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.(source:newsmax.com

 

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Lake Placid, 1980. The Miracle on Ice took place during the Winter Olympics in the final round of men’s ice hockey between the United States and the Soviet Union. In a period of turmoil, where the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan and President Carter decided to boycott the summer Olympics in Moscow, the U.S. team was the underdog. Despite the Soviet teams reputation as the best hockey team in the world, the United States, made up of mostly amateurs, pulled off an upset that reinvigorated the American spirit. (source: newsmax.com)

 

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Beijing, 2008.Michael Phelp’s outstanding performance in the pool secured him seven world records and eight gold medals, the most won by any athlete in a non-boycotted Games. Phelps outswam Milorad Cavic by one hundredth of a second in the 100 meter butterfly, rounding out his massive haul in China.(source:newsmax.com

 

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Barcelona, 1992. With captains Magic Johnson and Larry Bird assisted by legends including Michael Jordan and David Robinson, America's basketball team made history as they easily captured the gold medal, defeating Croatia 117 to 85. (source:newsmax.com)

 

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