History Awesome / OlympicGames

27th Aug '16 5:14:22 PM igordebraga
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* Boxer Robson Conceição got Brazil's first gold in this sport. He came from a poor upbringing in Bahia, took boxing to get better at street fights, and had lost both Beijing and London in the opening bout. Come his third Olympic opportunity, all unconstested wins to the tile and the crowd's delight.

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* Boxer Robson Conceição got Brazil's first gold in this sport. He came from a poor upbringing in Bahia, took boxing to get better at street fights, and had lost both Beijing and London in the opening bout. Come his third Olympic opportunity, all unconstested wins to the tile title and the crowd's delight.



** Oleksiak's performance is awesome on its own: at the age of sixteen, she [[DarkHorseVictory surprised everyone]] by becoming the first Olympic champion born in the 2000s and the Canadian with the most medals in one edition of the Summer Games (4: that gold, a silver in the 100m butterfly, and two relay bronzes, where as the closer she swam fast enough to get the Canadian teams in the podium).



* Third time proves the charm for Maya Dirado. Twice, she faced off against Hungary's "Iron Woman" Katinka Hosszu (in the two Individual Medleys), and twice Hosszu proved too much. But in their final encounter in the 200m Backstroke, Dirado managed to chase down Hosszu on the final stretch and out-touch her by a mere 0.06 seconds. What a way to EarnYourHappyEnding. Meanwhile, on the men's side, Ryan Murphy continues an American hot streak on the backstrokes dating back to 1996 in Atlanta by sweeping the 100m and 200m and then going on to set the 100m world record during his leg of the 4x100 medley relay.[[note]]In the medley relay, the backstroke has to go first because it's the one stroke that starts ''in'' the pool. Because the first leg of a swimming relay has a regulation start and end, it can officially count for records.[[/note]] Meanwhile, also in the 100m, David Plummer took the bronze in the event; not bad for a 30-year-old. And all three swimmers mentioned are ''first-timers''.

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* Third time proves the charm for Maya Dirado. Twice, she faced off against Hungary's "Iron Woman" Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu (in had been to three Olympics, getting at most a fourth place. After a quadriennial where she trained so hard and swam so dominantly to earn the two Individual Medleys), and twice nickname [[RedBaron "Iron Lady"]], Hosszu won the 400 m individual medley with a world record (finishing ''5 seconds ahead of the silver medallist''), the 200m medley with the Olympic record, a third gold in the 100 m backstroke, and a silver in the 200m backstroke...
* ...losing to Maya Dirado, where third time
proved too much.the charm after two silvers in the individual medleys. But in their final encounter in the 200m Backstroke, Dirado managed to chase down Hosszu on the final stretch and out-touch her by a mere 0.06 seconds. What a way to EarnYourHappyEnding. Meanwhile,
* ThirdTimesTheCharm also applies for Brazilian gymnast Diogo Hypolito, after two floor competitions that went badly, a quadriennial where he was dismissed from his old club and suffered from depression, only to in 2016 to finally go well and get a silver in front of his home crowd: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0DZsziola4 First I fell
on the men's side, my butt, then I fell on my face, but now I fell on my feet!]]"
* On male swimming,
Ryan Murphy continues an American hot streak on the backstrokes dating back to 1996 in Atlanta by sweeping the 100m and 200m and then going on to set the 100m world record during his leg of the 4x100 medley relay.[[note]]In the medley relay, the backstroke has to go first because it's the one stroke that starts ''in'' the pool. Because the first leg of a swimming relay has a regulation start and end, it can officially count for records.[[/note]] Meanwhile, also in the 100m, David Plummer took the bronze in the event; not bad for a 30-year-old. And all three swimmers mentioned are ''first-timers''.


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* Repeating the women four years before, the Brazilian men's volleyball (which is probably the country's second favorite sport after football) were nearly eliminated in the group round. Despite the female team suffering a TearJerker elimination the day before (they had not lost a set in the group stage... only to lose the quarterfinal in the tie-break to a China team who had been struggling - and went on to beat two {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s for the gold), the men handily beat Argentina in the quarterfinal - to the crowd's delight, as the neighbors are an ArchEnemy in soccer and TheRival anywhere else. Come a semifinal against Russia,
who in the 2012 final against Brazil [[https://www.olympic.org/news/russia-stun-brazil-for-volleyball-gold-london-2012-volleyball had a staggering comeback to get gold]], Brazil steamrolls, 3-0. Final with Italy, who beat them in the group stage, and had a huge semifinal comeback on favorite United States? [[CurbStompBattle Another 3-0!]] It was even more awesome for Brazil's libero, who managed to be chosen tournament MVP [[BadassGrandpa at the age 40]].
26th Aug '16 3:14:18 PM FordPrefect
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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 and badly tore two ligaments. Nonetheless, when told by coach Bela Karolyi that she had to vault once more for enough points to clinch the gold, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwa5Bf656As appeared to stick her landing ON ONE FOOT]] (actually both feet but immediately pulled up the injured foot). [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]], which tore another ligament in her already injured ankle, 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. (HarsherInHindsight: It turned out [[http://www.espn.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/51 her vault ''wasn't'' needed to win gold]], but they didn't know it at that point).

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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 and badly tore two ligaments. Nonetheless, when told by coach Bela Karolyi that she had to vault once more for enough points to clinch the gold, she calmly walked back to the end of the runway, vaulted again, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwa5Bf656As appeared to stick her landing ON ONE FOOT]] (actually both feet but immediately pulled up the injured foot). [[PluckyGirl Her courageous vault]], which tore another ligament in her already injured ankle, 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. (HarsherInHindsight: It turned out [[http://www.espn.com/espn/espn25/story?page=moments/51 It turned out]] her vault ''wasn't'' needed to win gold]], gold, but they didn't know it at that point). point.)
26th Aug '16 3:12:50 PM FordPrefect
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* Kristi Yamaguchi's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozwFZ5NoNs 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=polwvMNVgFU 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.

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* Kristi Yamaguchi's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozwFZ5NoNs gold-medal winning performance]] that was so good that she won even though she FELL. (No doubt helped because everyone else fell, fell too, but still)
still.)
* Midori Ito [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=polwvMNVgFU finally landing her elusive, signature triple Axel jump]] (she was the first woman to land one)and one) and coming from behind to win the silver medal, after a disastrous week that left many wondering if she would medal at all.
25th Aug '16 9:11:02 PM Harco
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* Epke Zonderland won the first men's gymnastics medal for the Netherlands with an '''epic''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar0Yeidr9gs high bar routine]] that got him gold by a wide margin and led many viewers to dub him the "Flying Dutchman". Plus his name is [[AwesomeMcCoolName Epke Zonderland.]]

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* Epke Zonderland won the first men's gymnastics medal for the Netherlands with an '''epic''' [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar0Yeidr9gs com/watch?v=I0TM2sOnvyI high bar routine]] routine (starts at around 18:45)]] that got him gold by a wide margin and led many viewers to dub him the "Flying Dutchman". Plus his name is [[AwesomeMcCoolName Epke Zonderland.]]
25th Aug '16 6:05:11 AM HermioneP
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* Third time proves the charm for Maya Dirado. Twice, she faced off against Hungary's "Iron Woman" Katinka Hosszu (in the two Individual Medleys), and twice Hosszu proved too much. But in their final encounter in the 200m Basckstroke, Dirado managed to chase down Hosszu on the final stretch and out-touch her by a mere 0.06 seconds. What a way to EarnYourHappyEnding. Meanwhile, on the men's side, Ryan Murphy continues an American hot streak on the backstrokes dating back to 1996 in Atlanta by sweeping the 100m and 200m and then going on to set the 100m world record during his leg of the 4x100 medley relay.[[note]]In the medley relay, the backstroke has to go first because it's the one stroke that starts ''in'' the pool. Because the first leg of a swimming relay has a regulation start and end, it can officially count for records.[[/note]] Meanwhile, also in the 100m, David Plummer took the bronze in the event; not bad for a 30-year-old. And all three swimmers mentioned are ''first-timers''.

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* Third time proves the charm for Maya Dirado. Twice, she faced off against Hungary's "Iron Woman" Katinka Hosszu (in the two Individual Medleys), and twice Hosszu proved too much. But in their final encounter in the 200m Basckstroke, Backstroke, Dirado managed to chase down Hosszu on the final stretch and out-touch her by a mere 0.06 seconds. What a way to EarnYourHappyEnding. Meanwhile, on the men's side, Ryan Murphy continues an American hot streak on the backstrokes dating back to 1996 in Atlanta by sweeping the 100m and 200m and then going on to set the 100m world record during his leg of the 4x100 medley relay.[[note]]In the medley relay, the backstroke has to go first because it's the one stroke that starts ''in'' the pool. Because the first leg of a swimming relay has a regulation start and end, it can officially count for records.[[/note]] Meanwhile, also in the 100m, David Plummer took the bronze in the event; not bad for a 30-year-old. And all three swimmers mentioned are ''first-timers''.
25th Aug '16 6:03:18 AM HermioneP
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* Michael Phelps had won all the gold meals he competed for... until it was time for the 100m butterfly competition. Then, the Singaporean Joseph Schooling ([[HilariousInHindsight who]] had [[http://images.thepostgame.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/story_main/phelps-schooling-main-compressor.jpg taken a photo with Phelps in 2008]]) blew Phelps, his rival Chad Le Clos ''and'' the Hungarian Laszlo Cseh [[IncrediblyLamePun out of the water]], winning the gold (the first Olympic gold ''ever'' for Singapore) and setting a new Olympic Record. To be fair to Phelps, Le Clos and Cseh, ''all three'' tied for silver, which is noteworthy in itself.

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* Michael Phelps had won all the gold meals medals he competed for... until it was time for the 100m butterfly competition. Then, the Singaporean [[PromotedFanboy Joseph Schooling Schooling]] ([[HilariousInHindsight who]] had [[http://images.thepostgame.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/story_main/phelps-schooling-main-compressor.jpg taken a photo with Phelps in 2008]]) blew Phelps, his rival Chad Le Clos ''and'' the Hungarian Laszlo Cseh [[IncrediblyLamePun out of the water]], winning the gold (the first Olympic gold ''ever'' for Singapore) and setting a new Olympic Record. To be fair to Phelps, Le Clos and Cseh, ''all three'' tied for silver, which is noteworthy in itself.
24th Aug '16 1:00:37 PM Kayube
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* Refugees are allowed to compete as an Olympic team of their own for the first time. The cheer for the Team Refugee delegation was one of the loudest ones to come from this Parade of Nations (beaten only by Brazil and ''maybe'' Portugal's). And then Fehaid Deehani[[note]]From Kuwait, who was barred from the Olympics the previous year due to government interference. Because the suspension was not a result of player tampering, like the Russians have been accused, he was granted permission to compete as a refugee.[[/note]], at double trap, becomes the first independent Olympic athlete to win a gold medal.

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* Refugees are allowed to compete as an Olympic team of their own for the first time. The cheer for the Team Refugee delegation was one of the loudest ones to come from this Parade of Nations (beaten only by Brazil and ''maybe'' Portugal's). And then Fehaid Deehani[[note]]From Kuwait, who was barred from the Olympics the previous year due to government interference. Because the suspension was not a result of player tampering, like the Russians have been accused, he was granted permission to compete as a refugee.an independent.[[/note]], at double trap, becomes the first independent Olympic athlete to win a gold medal.
24th Aug '16 1:00:37 PM Kayube
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24th Aug '16 5:54:28 AM WhosAsking
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* Normally, the host country of one Olympics goes on to do poorly in the next one. Great Britain bucked that trend ''massively'' and made Rio their best games since 1908, even better than London 2012. For added awesome, many of the medals the athletes won were in sports that Britain had not won any medals in for years.

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* Normally, the host country of one Olympics goes on to do poorly in the next one. Great Britain bucked that trend ''massively'' and made Rio their best games since 1908, even better than London 2012. In fact, they actually won more gold medals than ''China'' (although China beat the UK in total medals on account of a lot of bronzes). For added awesome, many of the medals the athletes won were in sports that Britain had not won any medals in for years.
23rd Aug '16 12:34:26 PM Harco
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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 (or one of any color) 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 the dominance of Simone Biles 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. She followed this up with a bronze on the balance beam (which would probably have been yet another gold except for a half-point deduction for touching the beam to not fall[[note]]She finished almost eight-tenths behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers, but that near-fall likely cost her several extra tenths in form deductions[[/note]]), and capped off her Olympics with a fourth gold on floor exercise, tying the record for the most golds and the most medals won by a female gymnast in a single Games.

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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 (or one of any color) 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 the dominance of Simone Biles 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. She followed this up with a bronze on the balance beam (which would probably could have been yet another gold except for a half-point deduction for touching had she not touched the beam to in an effort not fall[[note]]She finished almost eight-tenths behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers, but that near-fall likely cost her half a point, plus likely several extra tenths in form deductions[[/note]]), 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, tying the record for the most golds and the most medals won by a female gymnast in a single Games.
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