History Awesome / OlympicGames

21st Aug '17 12:00:13 AM DrOO7
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** After dominating in qualifying (the top 3 scores... Gabby Douglas was left out of the all-around because of the two-per-country rule), the team -- led by the sensational Simone Biles -- successfully defended their team gold, dominating from beginning to end--they were so far ahead (10 points) after the qualifying round that announcers quickly conceded that real battle was for second and third place--ultimately winning by more than 8 points after having won by 5+ in London. Their nickname: The "Final Five", since starting in 2020 only 4 members will be allowed per team and, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments more heartwarmingly]], because this was the final bow for Márta Károlyi, closing just about three decades of training gymnasts between her husband Béla and herself.

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** After dominating in qualifying (the top 3 scores... Gabby Douglas was left out of the all-around because of the two-per-country rule), the team -- led by the sensational Simone Biles -- successfully defended their team gold, dominating from beginning to end--they were so far ahead (10 points) after the qualifying round that announcers quickly conceded that real battle was for second and third place--ultimately winning place [[note]] and even commented, half-seriously, that with that much of a lead, the team could perform disastrously the next day and STILL win [[/note]]. They ultimately won by more than 8 points after having won by 5+ in London. Their nickname: The "Final Five", since starting in 2020 only 4 members will be allowed per team and, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments more heartwarmingly]], because this was the final bow for Márta Károlyi, closing just about three decades of training gymnasts between her husband Béla and herself.



** And the legendary Usain Bolt three-peated his victories in the 100m, 200m and 4*100m relay, becoming the first man to win these events three times in three consecutive Olympics, with speeds in all races that were his slowest yet, yet ''still'' faster than his competitors. He is now tied with Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi for the most Olympic track and field medals, and with Lewis, Nurmi, Mark Spitz, and Larisa Latynina second only to Michael Phelps for the most gold medals won for a single sport.

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** And the legendary Usain Bolt three-peated his victories in the 100m, 200m and 4*100m relay, becoming the first man to win these events three times in three consecutive Olympics, with speeds in all races that were his slowest yet, yet ''still'' faster than his competitors. He is [[note]] A record likely to stand for a long time. It will not be until 2024 or 2028 that we'll know if someone will even tie it, and even if so, it's unlikely it will ever be broken [[/note]] He's now tied with Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi for the most Olympic track and field medals, and with Lewis, Nurmi, Mark Spitz, and Larisa Latynina second only to Michael Phelps for the most gold medals won for a single sport.
20th Aug '17 11:36:53 PM DrOO7
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* In a nice counterpart to that depressing "Abandoned Olympic Venues" slideshow that gets released as every Olympics approaches, there's another one showing that some cities actually did manage to make good use of the infrastructure built for the games.
30th Jul '17 10:12:11 AM igordebraga
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* No Brazilian women had never won any medals since they debuted in 1932 (12 years after the men). Come Atlanta, the women's beach volleyball has an all-Brazil final, ensuring the first medal they get is a gold! There was also a silver in basketball (with the country's greatest players ever Paula, Hortencia and Janeth easily coasting over other teams before facing the unstoppable U.S. team) and a bronze in indoor volleyball (improving on a 1992 fourth place).
30th Jul '17 10:03:06 AM igordebraga
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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]]

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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, Dmitry Muserskiy of Russia not only saved basically carried the set, but team over, as they turned the third set and won it themselves, as well as the next two, two with 31 points by him, 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]]
27th Jul '17 8:15:16 PM Hallwings
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* The US winning Gold at the 4x100m relay after mishaps at the previous two Olympics.[[note]](They were disqualified at the 2004 games for a late pass, and they failed to qualify for the final in Beijing due to a baton drop.)[[/note]] Even more awesome, they set a new world record, one that had been held for ''twenty-seven years''!

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* The US winning Gold at the women's 4x100m relay after mishaps at the previous two Olympics.[[note]](They were disqualified at the 2004 games for a late pass, and they failed to qualify for the final in Beijing due to a baton drop.)[[/note]] Even more awesome, they set a new world record, one that had been held for ''twenty-seven years''!
22nd Jul '17 1:16:50 PM RoseAndHeather
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*** As predicted, Simone Biles got the gold in the all-around (the first time the same country has 4-peated that), becoming both the second African-American woman to win the all-around, as well as the second American gymnast to win both the team and the all-around at the Olympics. To put Simone's dominance in perspective, according to Olympic records, her margin of victory is larger than all the margins for the Women's All Around since 1980... ''combined.'' Biles also later earned gold on the vault, becoming the first US woman to do so (and by no small margin, either; she scored the two highest vaults in the competition, 15.900 and 16.033[[note]]the next highest was a 15.533 by Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, which gave the country its first ever gymnastics medal with the bronze[[/note]]. She followed this up with a bronze on the balance beam, which could have been yet another gold had she not touched the beam in an effort not fall[[note]]She finished almost eight-tenths behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers, but that near-fall cost her half a point, plus likely several extra tenths in form deductions--although Sanne Wevers actually lowered the difficulty score of her routine by several tenths after Biles' mistake so as to not take needless risks, so it's hard to say who would've won[[/note]]), and capped off her Olympics with a fourth gold on floor exercise (just as dominatingly as she did in the vault -- it wasn't even close), tying the record for the most golds and the most medals won by a female gymnast in a single Games. And just to cap off the awesome, in the process she also did something that hadn't been done in twenty years, and only twice since 1972: she came in as the reigning world all-around champion and won the Olympic all-around.[[note]]Ludmilla Tourischeva, the 1972 Olympic champion, was the reigning world AA champion going into Munich; the next to accomplish the feat was 1995 world AA champion Lilia Podkopayeva, who also won the all-around in Atlanta.[[/note]]

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*** As predicted, Simone Biles got the gold in the all-around (the first time the same country has 4-peated that), becoming both the second African-American woman to win the all-around, as well as the second American gymnast to win both the team and the all-around at the Olympics. To put Simone's dominance in perspective, according to Olympic records, her margin of victory is larger than all the margins for the Women's All Around since 1980... ''combined.'' Biles also later earned gold on the vault, becoming the first US woman to do so (and by no small margin, either; she scored the two highest vaults in the competition, 15.900 and 16.033[[note]]the next highest was a 15.533 by Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, which gave the country its first ever gymnastics medal with the bronze[[/note]]. bronze[[/note]]). She followed this up with a bronze on the balance beam, which beam (which could have been yet another gold had she not touched the beam in an effort not fall[[note]]She finished almost eight-tenths behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers, but that near-fall cost her half a point, plus likely several extra tenths in form deductions--although Sanne Wevers actually lowered the difficulty score of her routine by several tenths after Biles' mistake so as to not take needless risks, so it's hard to say who would've won[[/note]]), and capped off her Olympics with a fourth gold on floor exercise (just as dominatingly dominantly as she did in the vault -- it wasn't even close), tying the record for the most golds and the most medals won by a female gymnast in a single Games. And just to cap off the awesome, in the process she also did something that hadn't been done in twenty years, and only twice since 1972: she came in as the reigning world all-around champion and won the Olympic all-around.[[note]]Ludmilla Tourischeva, the 1972 Olympic champion, was the reigning world AA champion going into Munich; the next to accomplish the feat was 1995 world AA champion Lilia Podkopayeva, who also won the all-around in Atlanta.[[/note]]
13th Jul '17 8:55:02 AM KingLyger
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* During a race where athletic boater Lawrence Lemieux was in 2nd place and all but guaranteed to advance to the medal round, he noticed that the Singapore team had capsized, were injured and were in serious danger of drowning. Obviously deciding that winning a medal was not worth letting people die when he could do something, Lemieux turned back to save them, which cost him the race. However, since the world saw this HeroicSacrifice, things worked out; the International Yacht Racing Union unanimously voted to officially award Lemieux with 2nd place in the race. In the end, he didn't get a medal for a top-three place in the medal round... but he ''was'' [[SweetAndSourGrapes awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Medal]], the supreme and rarest of all Olympic medals, for exemplifying the spirit of the Olympic games at its finest.
10th Jul '17 11:06:09 AM Hallwings
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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]]

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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 [[note]](The Soviet Union won gold in the event in 1980, but those Games were heavily boycotted.[[/note]])[[/note]]
* The US winning Gold at the 4x100m relay after mishaps at the previous two Olympics.[[note]](They were disqualified at the 2004 games for a late pass, and they failed to qualify for the final in Beijing due to a baton drop.)[[/note]] Even more awesome, they set a new world record, one that had been held for ''twenty-seven years''!
8th Jul '17 10:50:42 AM Hallwings
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[[folder:Melbourne 1956]]
* The Hungarians beating the Soviets in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match Blood in the Water match]], just a month after the Hungarian revolution was violently put down. They won the gold a few days later, before most of them defected to the US.
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[[folder:Melbourne 1956]]
* The Hungarians beating the Soviets in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match Blood in the Water match]], just a month after the Hungarian revolution was violently put down. They won the gold a few days later, before most of them defected to the US.
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17th Jun '17 10:45:45 AM nombretomado
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* Chilean {{Tennis}} player Nicolás Massú became the only male player to have won ''both'' the singles and doubles gold medals in the same Olympic Games. He first got gold in doubles with his partner Fernando González against the Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler and then he won singles gold against the American Mardy Fish.

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* Chilean {{Tennis}} UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} player Nicolás Massú became the only male player to have won ''both'' the singles and doubles gold medals in the same Olympic Games. He first got gold in doubles with his partner Fernando González against the Germans Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler and then he won singles gold against the American Mardy Fish.
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