History Awesome / OlympicGames

20th Feb '17 5:17:58 PM nombretomado
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** Another meta one for London 2012. After criticism from the right-wing media and rentaquotes (lead loudly and unsurprisingly by the ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'') saying it was too multicultural (basically saying there were too many black people, and that it was wrong to praise hardworking doctors and nurses because the NHS = socialism), an InternetBackdraft ensued, forcing a particularly controversial tabloid paper (again, the ''Daily Mail'') to edit the article, then eventually pull the article after several people chose to screenshot the article and point out what they'd said.

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** Another meta one for London 2012. After criticism from the right-wing media and rentaquotes (lead loudly and unsurprisingly by the ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'') saying it was too multicultural (basically saying there were too many black people, and that it was wrong to praise hardworking doctors and nurses because the NHS = socialism), an InternetBackdraft ensued, forcing a particularly controversial tabloid paper (again, the ''Daily Mail'') to edit the article, then eventually pull the article after several people chose to screenshot the article and point out what they'd said.
9th Feb '17 2:23:53 PM Hallwings
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* Naim Süleymanoğlu winning his third consecutive gold medal in weightlifting in a historic battle against Greece's Valerios Leonidis, with the two of them setting records in the 64 kg division several times during the event (in the end, Leonidis set the clean and jerk record at 187.5 kilograms {which Süleymanoğlu also matched, but Leonidis held the record due to his lower body weight at the time}, while Süleymanoğlu set the combined record at 335 kilograms).
6th Feb '17 12:29:03 PM DarcyFoster
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* At the games themselves, the stand-out athlete was Fanny Blankers-Koen, a Dutch athlete who won four gold medals (the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay). It is quite possible that she could have won more medals (she had six world records at the time of the Games), but the rules in force at the time prevented women from competing in more than three individual athletic events. Her feats were made more remarkable by the fact that she was written off because she was 30 years old - whilst still being involved in sports in your third decade is commonplace in 2017, it was virtually unheard of in the 1940s.

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* At the games themselves, the stand-out athlete was Fanny Blankers-Koen, a Dutch athlete who won four gold medals (the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay). It is quite possible that she could have won more medals (she had six world records at the time of the Games), but the rules in force at the time prevented women from competing in more than three individual athletic events. Her feats were made more remarkable by the fact that she was written off because she was 30 years old - whilst still being involved in sports in your third fourth decade is commonplace in 2017, it was virtually unheard of in the 1940s.
6th Feb '17 11:55:18 AM DarcyFoster
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* The mere fact that a heavily bombed city in a virtually bankrupt country that was still rationing food was able to host the Olympic games ''at all''. No new venues were built, the male athletes stayed at Army and RAF barracks and the women at colleges in London.
* At the games themselves, the stand-out athlete was Fanny Blankers-Koen, a Dutch athlete who won four gold medals (the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay). It is quite possible that she could have won more medals (she had six world records at the time of the Games), but the rules in force at the time prevented women from competing in more than three individual athletic events. Her feats were made more remarkable by the fact that she was written off because she was 30 years old - whilst still being involved in sports in your third decade is commonplace in 2017, it was virtually unheard of in the 1940s.
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6th Feb '17 11:28:52 AM DarcyFoster
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* When you're at championship point, you'd expect to be wearing the gold medal in a few minutes, wouldn't you? The Brazilian team in the men's volleyball probably thought so as well. Instead, Russia not only saved the set, but won it themselves, as well as the next two, leading to Russia's first gold medal in the event - as well as the first from either them or the Soviet Union in a non-boycotted Games since 1968.[[note]]The Soviet Union won gold in the event in 1980, but those Games were heavily boycotted.[[/note]]
31st Jan '17 6:13:40 PM Exxolon
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* The '''greatest''' ice skating moment would have to go to Torvill and Dean from Britain. They have been the ''only'' team to ever get full sixes across the board. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98 Well deserved.]] Their dancing interpretation of Ravel's "Bolero" is legendary.

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* The '''greatest''' ice skating moment would have to go to Torvill and Dean from Britain. They have been the ''only'' team to ever get full sixes across the board.board for artistic merit. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98 Well deserved.]] Their dancing interpretation of Ravel's "Bolero" is legendary.
8th Jan '17 12:06:20 PM Hallwings
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* Three of Icho's teammates--Eri Tosaka (48kg), Risako Kawai (63kg), and Sara Dosho (69kg), also won Gold in Rio. Kawai dominated her match, not conceding a single point in her final, while both Tosaka and Dosho earned critical two point takedowns in the final seconds of their matches (Tosaka won 3-2, and Dosho won 2-2 since was the more recent wrestler in her bout to score).

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* Three of Icho's teammates--Eri Tosaka (48kg), Risako Kawai (63kg), and Sara Dosho (69kg), also won Gold in Rio. Kawai dominated her match, not conceding a single point in her final, while both Tosaka and Dosho earned critical two point takedowns in the final seconds of their matches (Tosaka won 3-2, and Dosho won 2-2 since she was the more recent wrestler in her bout to score).
6th Jan '17 5:44:53 PM HongCanucker
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* Hong Kong windsurfer Lee Lai-shan's gold medal win in the women's Mistral, the first ever medal for the former British colony since its first appearance at the Games in 1952. Her famous declaration that "Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish!" is still a famous rallying cry for the city, which despite its handover to China has also inspired its subsequent generations of athletes and the general public.

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* Hong Kong windsurfer Lee Lai-shan's gold medal win in the women's Mistral, the first ever medal for the former British colony since its first appearance at the Games in 1952. Her famous declaration that "Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish!" is still a famous an enduring rallying cry for the city, which despite its handover to China has also inspired its subsequent generations of athletes and the general public.public.
6th Jan '17 5:41:13 PM HongCanucker
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* Hong Kong windsurfer Lee Lai-shan's gold medal win in the women's Mistral, the first ever medal for the former British colony since its first appearance at the Games in 1952. Her famous declaration that "Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish!" is still a famous rallying cry for the city, which despite its handover to China has also inspired its subsequent generations of athletes and the general public.
29th Dec '16 10:48:04 AM igordebraga
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** Harrison's ArchEnemy Mayra Aguiar, who only lost the semifinal to Tcheumeo because the French [[StoneWall kept on doing nothing and thus had Aguiar lose on accumulated penalties]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTEsh9u3nb0 easily got the bronze to celebrate with the home crowd.]]
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