History Awesome / OlympicGames

7th Jun '16 11:45:56 AM RF99
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* The Women's Foil semi-finals. South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam refused to leave the piste (fencing platform) after her match with Germany's Britta Heidemann. Why? Shin and Heidemann had fought to a draw. There was one second left in their overtime; however, the clock didn't start and [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/ktlincoln/an-olympic-fencer-refuses-to-leave-the-floor-after Heidemann arguably took more than one second]] to land her winning touch. By refusing to leave the piste, Shin refused to officially accept the judges' ruling. Even after the Korean officials appealed the decision and lost, Shin still refused to leave. She eventually had to be taken away by security. The crowd gave her [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments a standing ovation]]. Also qualifies as a TearJerker.

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* The Women's Foil epee semi-finals. South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam refused to leave the piste (fencing platform) after her match with Germany's Britta Heidemann. Why? Shin and Heidemann had fought to a draw. There was one second left in their overtime; however, the clock didn't start and [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/ktlincoln/an-olympic-fencer-refuses-to-leave-the-floor-after Heidemann arguably took more than one second]] to land her winning touch. By refusing to leave the piste, Shin refused to officially accept the judges' ruling.ruling (a peculiarity of the fencing rules means you can only object to the result while you're still on the piste). Even after the Korean officials appealed the decision and lost, Shin still refused to leave. She eventually had to be taken away by security. The crowd gave her [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments a standing ovation]]. Also qualifies as a TearJerker.
5th Apr '16 5:45:23 PM Abbas_Chand
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* Indonesia got their first gold medal in badminton - which debut that year. Who got it? Alan Budikusuma in men singles and Susy Susanti in women singles. They're credited as "Golden Couple". And eventually, they've got married. Doubles as Heartwarming.
20th Mar '16 9:35:42 PM DrOO7
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* Sarah Hughes' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]], earning her a completely unexpected gold medal.

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* Sarah Hughes' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]], earning her a completely unexpected gold medal. Much like Tara Lipinski in the previous Games, she knew she was bound to earn a medal of some color. But without the pressure on her to earn gold like it was on Michelle Kwan, she simply skated the performance of her life.
3rd Mar '16 8:40:29 PM DrOO7
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* Gymnast Shannon Miller's EnsembleDarkhorse victories. She went into the games well in Kim Zmeskal's shadow --indeed, it was Zmeskal, the reigning world champion, who many predicted would come home draped in medals of varying colors -- only to emerge as the most decorated athlete of the Games, with two silver and three bronze medals --[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t_qNxHSAoc see the two absolutely ''flawless'' vaults]] that nearly cinched her the all-around gold before Tatiana Gutsu of the Unified Team, who was also competing the meet of her life that same night, just barely edged her out by twelve ''thousandths'' of a point. The results of that meet have been hotly debated for decades, and it is still the closest women's all-around in the history of the Olympic Games.

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* Gymnast Shannon Miller's EnsembleDarkhorse victories. She went into the games well in Kim Zmeskal's shadow --indeed, it was Zmeskal, the reigning world champion, who many predicted would come home draped in medals of varying colors -- only to emerge as the most decorated athlete of the Games, with two silver and three bronze medals --[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t_qNxHSAoc see the two absolutely ''flawless'' FLAWLESS vaults]] that nearly cinched her the all-around gold before Tatiana Gutsu of the Unified Team, who was also competing the meet of her life that same night, just barely edged her out by twelve ''thousandths'' of a point. The results of that meet have been hotly debated for decades, and it is still the closest women's all-around in the history of the Olympic Games.



** Too bad she [[UnderStatement kiiiinda]] [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining about the one who got the gold]], the Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Come to think of it, Baiul herself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_fvrG3f0fI was really awesome back then]] - giving Ukraine its first and up until now figure skating gold at age 16/17, and after quite the DarkAndTroubledPast as well. (Dead mom and grandparents, absent dad, growing up in Soviet/post-Soviet Ukraine, etc.)

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** Too bad she [[UnderStatement kiiiinda]] [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining about the one who got the gold]], the Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Come to think of it, Baiul herself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_fvrG3f0fI was really awesome back then]] - giving Ukraine its first and up until now only figure skating gold at age 16/17, and after quite the DarkAndTroubledPast as well. (Dead mom and grandparents, absent dad, growing up in Soviet/post-Soviet Ukraine, etc.))
* Let's not forget China's Chen Lu. In the midst of the all the Tonya/Nancy/Oksana hype, it's easy to overlook that her bronze medal was the first ever Olympic figure skating medal for China. It's ''she'' who put the sport on the map for her country.



* Media coverage of the American women's gymnastics team focused heavily on Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes, but after a two-fall showing from Moceanu, Kerri Strug was the last gymnast to vault on the American team rotation. She proceeded to fall on ''her'' rear on her first vault, but Kerri wasn't about to stand for that. Despite injuring her ankle on her first vault, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwa5Bf656As stuck her landing '''on one foot''']] because she'd sprained her ankle when she hit the mat. [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]] sealed the first US women's team gold in Olympic history, and marked the first time since the dawn of the Iron Curtain that women's team gold was won by a nation outside the Eastern Bloc.

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* Media coverage of the American women's gymnastics team focused heavily on Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes, but after a two-fall showing from Moceanu, Kerri Strug was the last gymnast to vault on the American team rotation. She proceeded to fall on ''her'' rear on her first vault, but Kerri wasn't about to stand for that. Despite injuring her ankle on her first vault, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwa5Bf656As stuck her landing '''on one foot''']] ON ONE FOOT]] because she'd sprained her ankle when she hit the mat. [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]] sealed the first US women's team gold in Olympic history, and marked the first time since the dawn of the Iron Curtain that women's team gold was won by a nation outside the Eastern Bloc.
27th Feb '16 7:05:40 PM DrOO7
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* Kristi Yamaguchi's gold-medal winning performance that was so good that she won even though she FELL. (No doubt helped because everyone else fell, but still)
* Midori Ito finally landing her elusive, signature triple Axel jump (she was the first woman to land one)and coming from behind to win the silver medal, after a disastrous week that left many wondering if she would medal at all.
* Figure skater Paul Wylie. After years of a disastrous career, he ended up at the Olympics on a fluke and wasn't expected to win anything. Instead, he skated not only the best performance of his life, but arguably of the night and won the silver medal.

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* Kristi Yamaguchi's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozwFZ5NoNs gold-medal winning performance performance]] that was so good that she won even though she FELL. (No doubt helped because everyone else fell, but still)
* Midori Ito [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=polwvMNVgFU finally landing her elusive, signature triple Axel jump jump]] (she was the first woman to land one)and coming from behind to win the silver medal, after a disastrous week that left many wondering if she would medal at all.
* Figure skater Paul Wylie. After years of a disastrous career, he ended up at the Olympics on a fluke and wasn't expected to win anything. Instead, he skated not only the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nLhA7CVIokthe best performance of his life, life]], but arguably of the night and won the silver medal.



* Gymnast Shannon Miller's EnsembleDarkhorse victories. She went into the games well in Kim Zmeskal's shadow --indeed, it was Zmeskal, the reigning world champion, who many predicted would come home draped in medals of varying colors -- only to emerge as the most decorated athlete of the Games, with two silver and three bronze medals -- look on YouTube for footage of the two absolutely ''flawless'' vaults that nearly cinched her the all-around gold before Tatiana Gutsu of the Unified Team, who was also competing the meet of her life that same night, just barely edged her out by twelve ''thousandths'' of a point. The results of that meet have been hotly debated for decades, and it is still the closest women's all-around in the history of the Olympic Games.

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* Gymnast Shannon Miller's EnsembleDarkhorse victories. She went into the games well in Kim Zmeskal's shadow --indeed, it was Zmeskal, the reigning world champion, who many predicted would come home draped in medals of varying colors -- only to emerge as the most decorated athlete of the Games, with two silver and three bronze medals -- look on YouTube for footage of --[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t_qNxHSAoc see the two absolutely ''flawless'' vaults vaults]] that nearly cinched her the all-around gold before Tatiana Gutsu of the Unified Team, who was also competing the meet of her life that same night, just barely edged her out by twelve ''thousandths'' of a point. The results of that meet have been hotly debated for decades, and it is still the closest women's all-around in the history of the Olympic Games.



* Nancy Kerrigan finally putting to rest the demons that had plagued her even ''before'' her vicious attack, namely, a lack of confidence, and skating what is universally believed to be her best performance. So what if she only won silver?
** Too bad she [[UnderStatement kiiiinda]] [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining against the one who got the gold]], the Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Come to think of it, Baiul was really awesome back then - giving Ukraine its first and up until now figure skating gold at age 16/17, and after quite the DarkAndTroubledPast as well. (Dead mom and grandparents, absent dad, growing up in Soviet/post-Soviet Ukraine, etc.)

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* Nancy Kerrigan finally putting to rest the demons that had plagued her even ''before'' her vicious attack, namely, a lack of confidence, and skating what is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7RvWbnaDZk universally believed to be her best performance.performance]]. So what if she only won silver?
** Too bad she [[UnderStatement kiiiinda]] [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining against about the one who got the gold]], the Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Come to think of it, Baiul herself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_fvrG3f0fI was really awesome back then then]] - giving Ukraine its first and up until now figure skating gold at age 16/17, and after quite the DarkAndTroubledPast as well. (Dead mom and grandparents, absent dad, growing up in Soviet/post-Soviet Ukraine, etc.)



* Media coverage of the American women's gymnastics team focused heavily on Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes, but after a two-fall showing from Moceanu, Kerri Strug was the last gymnast to vault on the American team rotation. She proceeded to fall on ''her'' rear on her first vault, but Kerri wasn't about to stand for that. Despite injuring her ankle on her first vault, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and stuck her landing '''on one foot''' because she'd sprained her ankle when she hit the mat. [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]] sealed the first US women's team gold in Olympic history, and marked the first time since the dawn of the Iron Curtain that women's team gold was won by a nation outside the Eastern Bloc.

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* Media coverage of the American women's gymnastics team focused heavily on Dominique Moceanu and Dominique Dawes, but after a two-fall showing from Moceanu, Kerri Strug was the last gymnast to vault on the American team rotation. She proceeded to fall on ''her'' rear on her first vault, but Kerri wasn't about to stand for that. Despite injuring her ankle on her first vault, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwa5Bf656As stuck her landing '''on one foot''' foot''']] because she'd sprained her ankle when she hit the mat. [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]] sealed the first US women's team gold in Olympic history, and marked the first time since the dawn of the Iron Curtain that women's team gold was won by a nation outside the Eastern Bloc.



* Tara Lipinski's surprising gold-medal win (while she was expected to medal, Michelle Kwan was expected to win the gold). With nothing to lose and knowing that she was bound to win a medal of ''some'' color, she simply went out and skated the performance of her life, full of energy and zest, edging out Kwan's technically flawless, but very reserved performance.

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* Tara Lipinski's surprising gold-medal win (while she was expected to medal, Michelle Kwan was expected to win the gold). With nothing to lose and knowing that she was bound to win a medal of ''some'' color, she simply went out and skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lGt6auYDo the performance of her life, life]], full of energy and zest, edging out Kwan's technically flawless, but very reserved performance.



* Sarah Hughes' electrifying figure skating performance, earning her a completely unexpected gold medal.

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* Sarah Hughes' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance, performance]], earning her a completely unexpected gold medal.



* Kim Yu-Na of South Korea completely cleaned the field in the 2010 Olympics when she set the world record for both the short and free program in women's figure skating by skating two flawless performances, and won the gold medal in the process.
* Another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome at the 2010 Olympics, but a [[TearJerker really sad one]], was Canadian Joannie Rochette who competed in women's figure skating despite losing her mother days before the event. She skated two strong performances, and won a bronze medal.

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* Kim Yu-Na of South Korea completely cleaned the field in the 2010 Olympics when she set the world record for both the short and free program in women's figure skating by skating two flawless performances, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KV9cUupflo flawless]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAXHE_BZbgE performances]], and won the gold medal in the process.
* Another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome at the 2010 Olympics, but a [[TearJerker really sad one]], was Canadian Joannie Rochette who competed in women's figure skating despite losing her mother days before the event. She skated two strong performances, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clw0TG8jIxs strong]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkfa_F2RcdA performances]], and won a bronze medal.
14th Feb '16 1:34:05 PM Fiendish
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* Another moment of protest: Czechoslovakia's [[https://youtu.be/dykBBhaoczg Vera Caslavska turning her head down and away during the Soviet anthem]], for which she too was punished when she returned home. Only a few months prior to the games, Czechoslovakia had been invaded and the Prague Spring crushed by the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries. For additional (but sad) awesome, Caslavska had openly protested the invasion and had subsequently been forced to go into hiding to avoid arrest. She was therefore forced to train [[ImprovisedTraining in secret in a FOREST]] while her competitors traveled early to Mexico City to acclimate to the altitude. Despite this, Caslavska went on to win four gold medals and two silvers.
29th Jan '16 3:43:21 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina tore her ACL in 2011, which is usually a career ending injury for gymnasts. But for Mustafina? Not only is she able to compete at the Olympics a year later, she came out of the games as the most decorated gymnast there, with a gold on uneven bars, a silver in the team competition, a bronze in the all-around, and a bronze in the floor. And just to make it sweeter, her uneven bars gold ended a ''twelve-year'' gold-medal drought for Russian women's gymnastics. PluckyGirl, thy name is Aliya.

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* Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina tore her ACL in 2011, which is usually a career ending injury for gymnasts. But for Mustafina? Not only is she able to compete at the Olympics a year later, she came out of the games as the most decorated gymnast there, with a gold on uneven bars, a silver in the team competition, a bronze in the all-around, and a bronze in the floor. And just to make it sweeter, her uneven bars gold ended a ''twelve-year'' Olympic gold-medal drought for Russian women's gymnastics. PluckyGirl, thy name is Aliya.
29th Jan '16 3:42:21 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina tore her ACL in 2011, which is usually a career ending injury for gymnasts. But for Mustafina? Not only is she able to compete at the Olympics a year later, she came out of the games as the most decorated gymnast there, with a gold on uneven bars, a silver in the team competition, a bronze in the all-around, and a bronze in the floor. She is truly a PluckyGirl!

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* Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina tore her ACL in 2011, which is usually a career ending injury for gymnasts. But for Mustafina? Not only is she able to compete at the Olympics a year later, she came out of the games as the most decorated gymnast there, with a gold on uneven bars, a silver in the team competition, a bronze in the all-around, and a bronze in the floor. She And just to make it sweeter, her uneven bars gold ended a ''twelve-year'' gold-medal drought for Russian women's gymnastics. PluckyGirl, thy name is truly a PluckyGirl!Aliya.
11th Jan '16 4:45:54 PM DoppleDelta
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* The 2004 Athens Opening Ceremony deserves special mention, as they manage to summarize the history of Greece - which began around 1750 BCE - in a matter of minutes. '''Without any narration''

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* The 2004 Athens Opening Ceremony deserves special mention, as they manage to summarize the history of Greece - which began around 1750 BCE - in a matter of minutes. '''Without any narration''narration.'''
11th Jan '16 4:43:46 PM DoppleDelta
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* The 2004 Athens Opening Ceremony deserves special mention, as they manage to summarize the history of Greece - which began around 1750 BCE - in a matter of minutes. '''Without any narration''
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