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2nd Oct '17 12:16:40 AM SammyDragon92
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* A much smaller moment, but the brief tribute to Atlanta native Martin Luther King Jr. during the opening ceremony was pretty touching as well.
1st Oct '17 4:11:44 PM Macsen
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* The joyous Medal Ceremony for women's football, as the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal teams (USA, Japan, and Canada, respectively, came out together, dancing and holding hands. The Canadian team had rushed back to London from their Bronze Medal match in Coventry.
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* In the Rio 2016 men's 100-meter butterfly, a young swimmer from Singapore named Joseph Schooling went up against the American Michael Phelps, South African Chad le Clos, and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, three of the fastest and most decorated Olympians in history. To the shock of both himself and the world, [[http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-rio-summer-olympics/phelps-loses-21-year-old-joseph-schooling-who-idolized-him-n629876 Schooling beat them for the gold medal]]. And what makes it even better? Phelps was Schooling's idol as a child and had been his inspiration in swimming, an abstract goal that Phelps had wished to accomplish by the end of his career. In the words of several sportscasters: "The Kid Beat the King."

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* In the Rio 2016 men's 100-meter 100m butterfly, a young swimmer from Singapore named Joseph Schooling went up against the American Michael Phelps, South African Chad le Clos, and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh, three of the fastest and most decorated Olympians in history. To the shock of both himself and the world, [[http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-rio-summer-olympics/phelps-loses-21-year-old-joseph-schooling-who-idolized-him-n629876 Schooling beat them for the gold medal]]. And what makes it even better? Phelps was Schooling's idol as a child and had been his inspiration in swimming, an abstract goal that Phelps had wished to accomplish by the end of his career. In the words of several sportscasters: "The Kid Beat the King."
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* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named [[DeadGuyJunior Jane]]--during his victory lap.

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* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named [[DeadGuyJunior daughter]]--[[DeadGuyJunior named Jane]]--during his victory lap.



* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading...then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off-track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander, Polyvios Kossivas, who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian committee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH]].

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* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading...then halfway through a crazy priest (who priest, who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) race, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off-track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander, Polyvios Kossivas, who helped him get free (whom free--and whom the Brazilian committee even paid a trip to their country), Lima country--Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH]].



* "The Difference Makers" section from the CTV broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where Canadian athletes talk about their special someone who changed their lives and helped them in their journey to Olympic athletes. One athlete (name currently unavailable) talked about how he didn't have a great family life and during high school, began spiraling down a dangerous path. Fortunately for him, his best friend talked him out of it, took him into his own family and helped him get focused on what he enjoyed the best: sports.
* In the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, one of the four pillars of the indoor cauldron did not rise, leaving one of the torchbearers, Catriona Le May Doan, unable to light it with the others (Steve Nash, Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky). In the closing ceremonies, after a CrowningMomentOfFunny [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JVEKaaurlI where that same pillar is still down and a clown "fixes" it]], Catriona comes out to finally do what she was denied in the opening ceremonies.
* At the 2010 Olympic Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who were mostly Canadian) chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here]].
* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one man and emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the hug starts at about 4:00 mins). Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favored. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.
** The look on Wayne Gretzky's face (see 9:38 in the video linked above) and his later words: "It's not our game anymore" makes this a TearJerker as well.
** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and town-squares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in a country with population of ten millions).
* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Creator/MichaelJFox's surprise-appearance was a massive relief to many of his fans who had feared, after his long disappearance from public life, that his condition had deteriorated due to his Parkinson's Disease, Fox put those fears to rest with his hilarious and brilliant speech. Hats off, Mike!

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* "The Difference Makers" section from the CTV broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where Canadian athletes talk about their special someone who changed their lives and helped them in their journey to Olympic athletes. One athlete (name athlete[[note]]Whose name is still currently unavailable) unavailable[[/note]] talked about how he didn't have a great family life and during high school, began spiraling down a dangerous path. Fortunately for him, his best friend talked him out of it, took him into his own family and helped him get focused on what he enjoyed the best: sports.
* In the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, one of the four pillars of the indoor cauldron did not rise, leaving one of the torchbearers, Catriona Le May Doan, unable to light it with the others (Steve others--Steve Nash, Nancy Greene and Wayne Gretzky).Gretzky. In the closing ceremonies, after a CrowningMomentOfFunny [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JVEKaaurlI where that same pillar is still down and a clown "fixes" it]], Catriona comes out to finally do what she was denied in the opening ceremonies.
* At the 2010 Olympic Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who audience, who were mostly Canadian) Canadian, chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here]].
* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one man and emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the here]][[note]]The hug starts at about 4:00 mins).minutes[[/note]]. Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favored. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.
** The look on Wayne Gretzky's face (see face[[note]]See 9:38 in the video linked above) above[[/note]] and his later words: "It's not our game anymore" makes this a TearJerker as well.
** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and town-squares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in others...in a country with population of ten millions).
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* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Creator/MichaelJFox's surprise-appearance surprise appearance was a massive relief to many of his fans who had feared, after his long disappearance from public life, that his condition had deteriorated due to his Parkinson's Disease, Fox put those fears to rest with his hilarious and brilliant speech. Hats off, Mike!



* 2012 Summer Olympics: [[http://wehadchipsin221b.tumblr.com/post/28239541813/dalektea-independent-olympic-athletes-at-the 4 athletes]] are independently affiliated. 3 are from a recently dissolved country (Netherlands Antilles). One is from South Sudan, which doesn't have a National Olympic Committee yet, and he refuses to compete for (North) Sudan due to the violence that happened during the civil war. And yet the first three (the South Sudanese athlete wasn't able to make it to the opening ceremony because of visa issues) make the most memorable entrance: goofing off in front of the audience and dancing as the parade continues.

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* 2012 Summer Olympics: [[http://wehadchipsin221b.tumblr.com/post/28239541813/dalektea-independent-olympic-athletes-at-the 4 athletes]] are independently affiliated. 3 are from a recently dissolved country (Netherlands Antilles). country, the Netherlands Antilles. One is from South Sudan, which doesn't have a National Olympic Committee yet, and he refuses to compete for (North) North Sudan due to the violence that happened during the civil war. And yet the first three (the three[[note]]The South Sudanese athlete wasn't able to make it to the opening ceremony because of visa issues) issues[[/note]] make the most memorable entrance: goofing off in front of the audience and dancing as the parade continues.



*** And then the video footage of Freddie Mercury doing his "Day-O" routine...and the audience doing it back. Just think how long it's been since that happened, and how his band mates must have felt hearing that for the first time in years.

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*** And then the video footage of Freddie Mercury Music/FreddieMercury doing his "Day-O" routine...and the audience doing it back. Just think how long it's been since that happened, and how his band mates must have felt hearing that for the first time in years.



* At the respective ages of 8 and 9, Charlie White and Meryl Davis were paired up in ice dancing, with him annoyed at breaking in a new partner and her too shy to even look at him. Then the partnership went on to last 17 years (and counting), climbing to the top of their sport, and culminating with becoming America's first-ever ice dancing gold medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, in great part thanks to their [[PlatonicLifePartners incredibly close friendship]]. And their moms have been at every competition, together, for all those 17 years. Just to top it off, the silver medalists at these Games (and the pair they cam in second to in Vancouver) are their training partners and longtime friends, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.

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* At the respective ages of 8 and 9, Charlie White and Meryl Davis were paired up in ice dancing, with him annoyed at breaking in a new partner and her too shy to even look at him. Then the partnership went on to last 17 years (and counting), and counting, climbing to the top of their sport, and culminating with becoming America's first-ever ice dancing gold medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, in great part thanks to their [[PlatonicLifePartners incredibly close friendship]]. And their moms have been at every competition, together, for all those 17 years. Just to top it off, the silver medalists at these Games (and Games--which is the same pair they cam that White and Davis came in second to in Vancouver) are Vancouver--are their training partners and longtime friends, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.



** After all the controversies surrounding Vancouver 2010 gold medal, Plushenko and Lysacek seems to be in good terms now. Lysacek once called out NBC on twitter for discrediting Plushenko. He even praised Plushenko's performance in the team event. And in the TV interview after his withdrawal, Plushenko personally thanked Lysacek (and Michelle Kwan) for their support during the team events.

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** After all the controversies surrounding Vancouver 2010 gold medal, Plushenko and Lysacek seems to be in good terms now. Lysacek once called out NBC on twitter for discrediting Plushenko. He even praised Plushenko's performance in the team event. And in the TV interview after his withdrawal, Plushenko personally thanked Lysacek (and and Michelle Kwan) Kwan for their support during the team events.



* Colombian weightlifter Óscar Figueroa cries TearsOfJoy when he ''finally'' gets the gold medal in the 62 kg. event, in his last Olympics ever. He then takes off his sport shoes (which weightlifters usually do as they announce retirement) and thanks the public.

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* Colombian weightlifter Óscar Figueroa cries TearsOfJoy when he ''finally'' gets the gold medal in the 62 kg. event, in his last Olympics ever. He then takes off his sport shoes (which shoes[[note]]Which weightlifters usually do as they announce retirement) retirement[[/note]] and thanks the public.



* Among the many celebrations Usain Bolt had around the stadium after winning the Rio men's 100m (making him the first man to win that event in three consecutive Olympics), he took time out to stop and congratulate Wayde van Niekerk, the winner of the 400m and new world record holder for that event.

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* Among the many celebrations Usain Bolt had around the stadium after winning the Rio men's 100m (making 100m, which made him the first man to win that event in three consecutive Olympics), Olympics, he took time out to stop and congratulate Wayde van Niekerk, the winner of the 400m and new world record holder for that event.



** There's also how nice they were to gymnasts from other countries. They were incredibly friendly to their chief competitors from Brazil, the United Kingdom, China, and Russia. Aly and Simone even tried to bring over Aliya Mustafina (the Russian gymnast who got bronze in the all-around) for a picture following their victories, and Aliya was the first to hug and congratulate them afterward.

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** There's also how nice they were to gymnasts from other countries. They were incredibly friendly to their chief competitors from Brazil, the United Kingdom, China, and Russia. Aly and Simone even tried to bring over Aliya Mustafina (the Mustafina[[note]]The Russian gymnast who got bronze in the all-around) all-around[[/note]] for a picture following their victories, and Aliya was the first to hug and congratulate them afterward.



* One moment that went viral was a selfie taken by gymnasts Lee Eun Ju (South Korea) and Hong Un Jong (North Korea). A moment of friendliness that we can only hope encourages peace between the rival countries.

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* One moment that went viral was a selfie taken by gymnasts Lee Eun Ju (South Korea) of South Korea and Hong Un Jong (North Korea).of North Korea. A moment of friendliness that we can only hope encourages peace between the rival countries.
27th Sep '17 11:19:09 AM mouschilight
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* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos traveled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers]].

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* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of of, they remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos traveled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers]].



* After winning the women's 10,000m at the 1992 summer games, Ethiopian athlete Derartu Tulu embraced the silver medalist, white South African Elana Meyer and ran a victory lap with her. Made special by the fact that the 1992 games were the first games UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica were allowed to participate in after being banned from competition by the IOC for nearly 30 years because of [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]].
* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who technically failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.

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* After winning the women's 10,000m at the 1992 summer games, Summer Games, Ethiopian athlete Derartu Tulu embraced the silver medalist, white South African Elana Meyer and ran a victory lap with her. Made special by the fact that the 1992 games were the first games UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica were allowed to participate in after being banned from competition by the IOC for nearly 30 years because of [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]].
* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who technically failed to finish - one finish--one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.
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* At the 1936 Summer Olympics, the pole vault competition culminated with American Earle Meadows winning the gold medal, which left the competition for the silver and bronze medals between two Japanese athletes, Sueo Oe and Shuhei Nishida. The competition stretched out into the evening as neither Oe or Nishida could clear the height that would determine who would come second. Ultimately Olympic officials told Nishida and Oe to decide between themselves who the medals would go to- Nishida accepted the silver medal and Oe the bronze. The two men agreed to cut their medals in half and join half the silver and half the bronze together. These medals are now known in Japan as the 'Medals of Eternal Friendship'.

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* At the 1936 Summer Olympics, the pole vault competition culminated with American Earle Meadows winning the gold medal, which left the competition for the silver and bronze medals between two Japanese athletes, Sueo Oe and Shuhei Nishida. The competition stretched out into the evening as neither Oe or Nishida could clear the height that would determine who would come second. Ultimately In the end, Olympic officials told Nishida and Oe to decide between themselves who the medals would go to- Nishida to--Nishida accepted the silver medal and Oe the bronze. The two men agreed to cut their medals in half and join half the silver and half the bronze together. These medals are now known in Japan as the 'Medals of Eternal Friendship'.



* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos travelled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers]].

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* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos travelled traveled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers]].



* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who techinially failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.

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* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who techinially technically failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.



* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named Jane--during his victory lap.

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* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named Jane--during [[DeadGuyJunior Jane]]--during his victory lap.



** Video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9OlmPyjsNU here]]. The American players come up to get their photo taken with him, and he starts to leave - when the Yugoslav team approaches him for the same.

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** Video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9OlmPyjsNU here]]. The American players come up to get their photo taken with him, and he starts to leave - leave...when the Yugoslav team approaches him for the same.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Moussambani Eric Moussambani]] of Equatorial Guinea was the only competitor in his 100m freestyle heat after his two opponents were disqualified for a false start. Having only learned how to swim eight months beforehand, he gained entry into the Olympics via a wildcard draw to encourage developing countries without expensive training facilities to participate. Eric had never raced for more than 50m in his life and he struggled to finish the last 50m with commenters doubting he would make it and the crowds cheering him on. He won his solo heat with 1:52.72, a personal best and an Equatoguinean national record. The man knew he was out of his league but he did his best and in 2012 is a coach for Equatorial Guinea's swimming team.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Moussambani Eric Moussambani]] of Equatorial Guinea was the only competitor in his 100m freestyle heat after his two opponents were disqualified for a false start. Having only learned how to swim eight months beforehand, he gained entry into the Olympics via a wildcard draw to encourage developing countries without expensive training facilities to participate. Eric had never raced for more than 50m in his life and he struggled to finish the last 50m with commenters commentators doubting he would make it and the crowds cheering him on. He won his solo heat with 1:52.72, a personal best and an Equatoguinean national record. The man knew he was out of his league but he did his best and in 2012 is a coach for Equatorial Guinea's swimming team.



* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH]].

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* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. off-track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander bystander, Polyvios Kossivas, who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee committee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH]].



* At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes, who won gold, invited her teammate, Cindy Klassen, who won bronze on the top of the podium to join her.

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* At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes, who won gold, invited her teammate, Cindy Klassen, who won bronze bronze, on the top of the podium to join her.



* Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, who skated the performance of her life after the death of her mother a few days before her performance. She decided to remain in competition and ''won bronze'', against Kim Yuna, Mao Asada and Mikki Ando. To [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm make it worse]], earlier she was struggling through practice and eventually left the rink as [[SoundtrackDissonance "I'm Gonna Live Forever"]] was blaring.
** She won bronze after the women's free skate. Despite it not being gold or silver, the crowds went nuts for her. And the smile on her face, as she looks upwards towards the crowds of Canadians and family who supported her and perhaps to her own mother watching her, was simply indescribable.

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* Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, who skated the performance of her life after the death of her mother a few days before her performance. She decided to remain in competition and ''won bronze'', against Kim Yuna, Mao Asada and Mikki Ando. To [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm To make it worse]], earlier she was struggling through practice and eventually left the rink as [[SoundtrackDissonance "I'm "[[SoundtrackDissonance I'm Gonna Live Forever"]] Forever]]" was blaring.
** She won bronze after the women's free skate. Despite it not being gold or silver, the crowds went nuts for her. And the smile on her face, as she looks upwards towards the crowds of Canadians and family who supported her and perhaps to her own mother watching her, was simply indescribable.



* "The Difference Makers" section from the CTV broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where Canadian athletes talk about their special someone who changed their lives and helped them in their journey to Olympic athletes. One athlete (name unavailable at the moment) talked about how he didn't have a great family life and during high school, began spiraling down a dangerous path. Fortunately for him, his best friend talked him out of it, took him into his own family and helped him get focused on what he enjoyed the best: sports.

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* "The Difference Makers" section from the CTV broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where Canadian athletes talk about their special someone who changed their lives and helped them in their journey to Olympic athletes. One athlete (name unavailable at the moment) currently unavailable) talked about how he didn't have a great family life and during high school, began spiraling down a dangerous path. Fortunately for him, his best friend talked him out of it, took him into his own family and helped him get focused on what he enjoyed the best: sports.



* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one man and emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the hug starts at about 4:00 mins). Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favoured. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.

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* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one man and emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the hug starts at about 4:00 mins). Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favoured.favored. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.



** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and townsquares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in a country with population of ten millions).

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** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and townsquares town-squares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in a country with population of ten millions).



** After winning the 2012 100m Usain Bolt was being interviewed by an American journalist when a medal ceremony started, Bolt ''stopped the interview'' to watch the American women's running winners receive their gold and silver medals, telling the interviewer he thought she'd want to pause for her nation's athletes. Crowning Moment of Good Sportsmanship, bar none!

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** After winning the 100m in the 2012 100m games, Usain Bolt was being interviewed by an American journalist when a medal ceremony started, Bolt ''stopped the interview'' to watch the American women's running winners receive their gold and silver medals, telling the interviewer he thought she'd want to pause for her nation's athletes. Crowning Moment of Good Sportsmanship, bar none!



** One in the Closing Ceremony: the tribute to John Lennon. Beautifully done.

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** One in the Closing Ceremony: the tribute to John Lennon.Music/JohnLennon. Beautifully done.



* Kyla Ross and [=McKayla=] Maroney met in the gym at age five and spent the next ''ten years'' training and competing together. At age nine, Kyla whispered to [[HeterosexualLifePartners her best friend]] [=McKayla=], "Let's work really hard so we can go to the Olympics!" Seven years later, in London, Alexandra Raisman's floor exercise score came in, giving Team USA the gold medal -- and standing right next to each other, holding hands for dear life, were Kyla Ross and [=McKayla=] Maroney.
* Peng Peng Lee, by far the greatest Canadian gymnast of her generation, was an absolute lock for the Canadian Olympic team in 2012 -- until a torn ACL forced her to scratch the rest of the season and, by extension, the Olympic Games. Lee was also noted, throughout her career, for wearing [[FlowerInHerHair a white flower in her hair during competitions]]. She was named team captain anyway and joined them in London, where she watched with mingled shock and pride as Canada[[note]]Dominique Pegg, Elsabeth Black, Victoria Moors, Brittany Rogers, and Kristina Vaculik[[/note]] qualified for their first-ever team final and finished in an absolutely ''historic'' fifth place, just behind the dominant "Big Four" of Russia, Romania, China, and the United States. The kicker? All throughout the Games, every female Canadian gymnast wore a white flower in her hair.

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* Kyla Ross and [=McKayla=] Maroney met in the gym at age five and spent the next ''ten years'' training and competing together. At age nine, Kyla whispered to [[HeterosexualLifePartners her best friend]] [=McKayla=], "Let's work really hard so we can go to the Olympics!" Seven years later, in London, Alexandra Raisman's floor exercise score came in, giving Team USA the gold medal -- medal...and standing right next to each other, holding hands for dear life, were Kyla Ross and [=McKayla=] Maroney.
* Peng Peng Lee, by far the greatest Canadian gymnast of her generation, was an absolute lock for the Canadian Olympic team in 2012 -- 2012...until a torn ACL forced her to scratch the rest of the season and, by extension, the Olympic Games. Lee was also noted, throughout her career, for wearing [[FlowerInHerHair a white flower in her hair during competitions]]. She was named team captain anyway and joined them in London, where she watched with mingled shock and pride as Canada[[note]]Dominique Pegg, Elsabeth Black, Victoria Moors, Brittany Rogers, and Kristina Vaculik[[/note]] qualified for their first-ever team final and finished in an absolutely ''historic'' fifth place, just behind the dominant "Big Four" of Russia, Romania, China, and the United States. The kicker? All throughout the Games, every female Canadian gymnast wore a white flower in her hair.



* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9470454/Tom-Daley-talks-about-his-awesome-celebration-after-winning-Olympics-bronze.html English diver Tom Daley winning bronze at the 2012 games]]. Some athletes might be disappointed not to get the gold or silver, especially when competing in their home nation. We Brits are a cheerful lot underneath though. You can't fail to grin when you see Daley and his team scream for joy upon realising he medalled, swiftly followed by them all jumping in the pool, most of them fully clothed.

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* [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9470454/Tom-Daley-talks-about-his-awesome-celebration-after-winning-Olympics-bronze.html English diver Tom Daley winning bronze at the 2012 games]]. Some athletes might be disappointed not to get the gold or silver, especially when competing in their home nation. We Brits are a cheerful lot underneath though. You can't fail to grin when you see Daley and his team scream for joy upon realising realizing he medalled, swiftly followed by them all jumping in the pool, most of them fully clothed.



* Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison failed to qualify for the 1000m long-track speed skating event at 2014 Sochi. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced a day before the event he has given up his spot for Morrison, citing "how Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races." Morrison went on to win the silver medal in the 1000 M and bronze in the 1500 M.
** Post-competition, Morrison has nominated Junio on social media to be Canada's flagbearer at the closing ceremonies.

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* Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison failed to qualify for the 1000m long-track speed skating event at 2014 Sochi. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced a day before the event he has given up his spot for Morrison, citing "how Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races." Morrison went on to win the silver medal in the 1000 M 1000m and bronze in the 1500 M.
1500m.
** Post-competition, Morrison has nominated Junio on social media to be Canada's flagbearer flag-bearer at the closing ceremonies.



* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes become my hero. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs*]]. The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.

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* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes he's become my hero. " [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes Here's the link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs*]]. The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.



* In 2016, Brazil picks de Lima to lit the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, a huge honor.

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* In 2016, Brazil picks Vanderlei de Lima to lit the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, a huge honor.



* South Africa, another strong competitor in Olympic Rugby Sevens, had their star player Seabelo Senatla get a wrist injury in the quarterfinal match against Australia. When the team got the bronze, the player who substituted in, Francois Hougaard, [[https://twitter.com/Francoishougi/status/763967994900819968 gave his medal to Senatla]][[note]]for context, Senatla wasn't on the roster of the medals phase since getting substituted in on the event of injury, and so wasn't granted a medal[[/note]], feeling he deserved it more.

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* South Africa, another strong competitor in Olympic Rugby Sevens, had their star player Seabelo Senatla get a wrist injury in the quarterfinal match against Australia. When the team got the bronze, the player who substituted in, Francois Hougaard, [[https://twitter.com/Francoishougi/status/763967994900819968 gave his medal to Senatla]][[note]]for Senatla]][[note]]For context, Senatla wasn't on the roster of the medals phase since getting substituted in on the event of injury, and so wasn't granted a medal[[/note]], feeling he deserved it more.



* In the women's 5,000 metre race at the 2016 Olympics, runners Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D'Agostino of the USA were both running with about four laps to go when D'Agostino tripped and collided with Hamblin. Instead of running ahead, D'Agostino helped Hamblin up, but had injured her ankle in the collision and fell after taking a few steps. Hamblin then helped D'Agostino up, and didn't run ahead until she saw that the injured D'Agostino could run by herself. When D'Agostino eventually made it to the finish, Hamblin was waiting there to give her a hug. A protest was filed and accepted, allowing both runners to have spots in the finals if they're healthy.
** They were not. D'Agostino was hauled away in a wheelchair that night, and found to have a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and a strained medial collateral ligament. She watched and cheered from the stands as Nikki Hamblin ran in the final, finishing in 17th place. Miss Hamblin said, "You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart." Now ''that's'' Olympic spirit. There is a movement to allow Miss D'Agostino to carry the U.S. flag in the closing ceremonies.

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* In the women's 5,000 metre 5000m race at the 2016 Olympics, runners Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D'Agostino of the USA were both running with about four laps to go when D'Agostino tripped and collided with Hamblin. Instead of running ahead, D'Agostino helped Hamblin up, but had injured her ankle in the collision and fell after taking a few steps. Hamblin then helped D'Agostino up, and didn't run ahead until she saw that the injured D'Agostino could run by herself. When D'Agostino eventually made it to the finish, Hamblin was waiting there to give her a hug. A protest was filed and accepted, allowing both runners to have spots in the finals if they're healthy.
** They were not. D'Agostino was hauled away in a wheelchair that night, and found to have a torn right anterior cruciate ligament ACL and meniscus and a strained medial collateral ligament. She watched and cheered from the stands as Nikki Hamblin ran in the final, finishing in 17th place. Miss Hamblin said, "You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart." Now ''that's'' Olympic spirit. There is a movement to allow Miss D'Agostino to carry the U.S. flag in the closing ceremonies.



* The camaraderie among the [[TrueCompanions 2016 US gymnastics team]]. One cute moment came after Aly Raisman's semi-final floor routine: she finished [[TearsOfJoy in tears]] and gave Simone Biles a hug. Simone could be heard saying, "No crying" - she knew full well that it'd just make her start crying as well before her routine.

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* The camaraderie among the [[TrueCompanions 2016 US gymnastics team]]. One cute moment came after Aly Raisman's semi-final floor routine: she finished [[TearsOfJoy in happy tears]] and gave Simone Biles a hug. Simone could be heard saying, "No crying" - she crying"--she knew full well that it'd just make her start crying as well before her routine.
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* At the Centennial Olympic Games, Muhammad Ali was the final torchbearer and part-way through the basketball finals, Ali was given an Olympic Gold Medal to replace the one he had won in Rome during the 1960 Summer Games, but which had gone missing later on in his life. Although he had lost his ability to speak to Parkinson's disease, he remained lucid and fully aware of what was going on, and released a statement of gratitude proclaiming how touched he was by the public's outpouring of love and goodwill to him.

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* At the Centennial Olympic Games, Muhammad Ali UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli was the final torchbearer and part-way through the basketball finals, Ali was given an Olympic Gold Medal to replace the one he had won in Rome during the 1960 Summer Games, but which had gone missing later on in his life. Although he had lost his ability to speak to Parkinson's disease, he remained lucid and fully aware of what was going on, and released a statement of gratitude proclaiming how touched he was by the public's outpouring of love and goodwill to him.
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* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes become my hero. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs]] The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.

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* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes become my hero. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs]] *Sobs*]]. The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.
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* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos travelled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers.]]

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* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH.]]

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* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH.]]CMOH]].



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** And at the medal ceremony, when they played the Canadian national anthem, he was [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal strongly serenaded by a stadium-full of his super-supportive]] countrymen. You could hear the audience singing... over the music.

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* At the 2010 Olympic Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who were mostly Canadian) chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here.]]

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* At the 2010 Olympic Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who were mostly Canadian) chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here.]]here]].



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*** This is kind of tempered, though, when you learn that Saudi Arabia only let them compete cause the IOC threatened to bar the country from competing at all in the future if they didn't. And that they still [[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--saudi-arabia-media-ignore-historic-olympic-games-of-women-athletes-sarah-attar-and-wojdan-shaherkani.html faced sexist vitriol, accusations of immorality just for going, and were almost completely ignored by the Saudi press.]]

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*** This is kind of tempered, though, when you learn that Saudi Arabia only let them compete cause the IOC threatened to bar the country from competing at all in the future if they didn't. And that they still [[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--saudi-arabia-media-ignore-historic-olympic-games-of-women-athletes-sarah-attar-and-wojdan-shaherkani.html faced sexist vitriol, accusations of immorality just for going, and were almost completely ignored by the Saudi press.]]press]].



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* At the 1936 Summer Olympics, the pole vault competition culminated with American Earle Meadows winning the gold medal, which left the competition for the silver and bronze medals between two Japanese athletes, Sueo Oe and Shuhei Nishida. The competition stretched out into the evening as neither Oe or Nishida could clear the height that would determine who would come second. Ultimately Olympic officials told Nishida and Oe to decide between themselves who the medals would go to- Nishida accepted the silver medal and Oe the bronze. The two men agreed to cut their medals in half and join half the silver and half the bronze together. These medals are now known in Japan as the 'Medals of Eternal Friendship'.
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* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos travelled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers.]]
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* The Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
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* After winning the women's 10,000m at the 1992 summer games, Ethiopian athlete Derartu Tulu embraced the silver medalist, white South African Elana Meyer and ran a victory lap with her. Made special by the fact that the 1992 games were the first games UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica were allowed to participate in after being banned from competition by the IOC for nearly 30 years because of [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]].
* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who techinially failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.
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* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named Jane--during his victory lap.
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* Abdul Baser Wasiqi of Afghanistan [[{{Determinator}} refused to drop out]] of the men's marathon despite having injured his leg two weeks prior to the Games. He was the final competitor to finish the race, nearly an hour and a half behind the second-slowest competitor. Wasiqi was so far behind, in fact, that the stadium was in the process of being prepared for the Games' closing ceremonies by the time he got there. But when he did arrive, all of the workers dropped what they were doing and lined up around the track to congratulate him, with two people even holding up a ribbon for him to cross once he reached the finish line.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Moussambani Eric Moussambani]] of Equatorial Guinea was the only competitor in his 100m freestyle heat after his two opponents were disqualified for a false start. Having only learned how to swim eight months beforehand, he gained entry into the Olympics via a wildcard draw to encourage developing countries without expensive training facilities to participate. Eric had never raced for more than 50m in his life and he struggled to finish the last 50m with commenters doubting he would make it and the crowds cheering him on. He won his solo heat with 1:52.72, a personal best and an Equatoguinean national record. The man knew he was out of his league but he did his best and in 2012 is a coach for Equatorial Guinea's swimming team.
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* The pilot who started Operation: Little Vittles, which is essentially the NATO Army dropping off candy to German children after World War II, was Gail Halvorsen, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. During the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, he was invited to hold the placard for the German athletes as they entered the stadium.
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* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH.]]
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* At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes, who won gold, invited her teammate, Cindy Klassen, who won bronze on the top of the podium to join her.
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* During the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, Matthias Steiner won the gold medal for weightlifting and he did it all for his wife. He was unashamed of crying when he did win and when he went up on the podium, he was carrying a picture of his late wife, whom he wanted to win for.
* [[http://www.gymn-forum.net/Articles/NYT-1996_LiDonghua.html Donghua and Esperanza Li]]. What that article doesn't mention? He won gold in Atlanta. And from the top of the podium, he waved to Esperanza in the stands while the Swiss anthem played.
* Eric Lamaze's gold medal in 2008 in show jumping. He was banned from previous Olympics for testing positive for cocaine and was banned for life, but after convincing the FEI and the Canadian Equestrian federation to give him another chance, he made a comeback which all culminated in his gold medal in individual show jumping and a team silver in 2008.
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** In Sochi for the 2014 Olympics, Bilodeau wins gold yet again, and tells the world his brother continues to be an inspiration to him. It's just as heartwarming as the first time.



* During the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, Matthias Steiner won the gold medal for weightlifting and he did it all for his wife. He was unashamed of crying when he did win and when he went up on the podium, he was carrying a picture of his late wife, whom he wanted to win for.
* [[http://www.gymn-forum.net/Articles/NYT-1996_LiDonghua.html Donghua and Esperanza Li]]. What that article doesn't mention? He won gold in Atlanta. And from the top of the podium, he waved to Esperanza in the stands while the Swiss anthem played.



** They did this again in 2014 in Sochi. Five giant snowflakes were supposed to open up and form the Olympic rings, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA one remained closed]]. At the closing ceremonies, five groups of dancers portrayed the snowflakes, with one group remaining closed. As the audience laughed and applauded, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally opened]].
* The Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
* At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes, who won gold, invited her teammate, Cindy Klassen, who won bronze on the top of the podium to join her.

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** They did this again in 2014 in Sochi. Five giant snowflakes were supposed to open up and form * At the 2010 Olympic rings, but [[https://www.Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who were mostly Canadian) chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA one remained closed]]. At the closing ceremonies, five groups of dancers portrayed the snowflakes, com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here.]]
* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords
with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one group remaining closed. As the audience laughed man and applauded, emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the hug starts at about 4:00 mins). Many ice-hockey teams started doing the last snowflake finally opened]].
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same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favoured. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.
**
The Miracle look on Ice at Wayne Gretzky's face (see 9:38 in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
video linked above) and his later words: "It's not our game anymore" makes this a TearJerker as well.
** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and townsquares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in a country with population of ten millions).
* At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Canadian speed skater Clara Hughes, 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Creator/MichaelJFox's surprise-appearance was a massive relief to many of his fans who won gold, invited her teammate, Cindy Klassen, who won bronze on the top of the podium had feared, after his long disappearance from public life, that his condition had deteriorated due to join her.his Parkinson's Disease, Fox put those fears to rest with his hilarious and brilliant speech. Hats off, Mike!
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[[folder: London 2012]]



* After winning the women's 10,000m at the 1992 summer games, Ethiopian athlete Derartu Tulu embraced the silver medalist, white South African Elana Meyer and ran a victory lap with her. Made special by the fact that the 1992 games were the first games UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica were allowed to participate in after being banned from competition by the IOC for nearly 30 years because of [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid]].
* At the 1936 Summer Olympics, the pole vault competition culminated with American Earle Meadows winning the gold medal, which left the competition for the silver and bronze medals between two Japanese athletes, Sueo Oe and Shuhei Nishida. The competition stretched out into the evening as neither Oe or Nishida could clear the height that would determine who would come second. Ultimately Olympic officials told Nishida and Oe to decide between themselves who the medals would go to- Nishida accepted the silver medal and Oe the bronze. The two men agreed to cut their medals in half and join half the silver and half the bronze together. These medals are now known in Japan as the 'Medals of Eternal Friendship'.
* The pilot who started Operation: Little Vittles, which is essentially the NATO Army dropping off candy to German children after World War II, was Gail Halvorsen, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. During the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, he was invited to hold the placard for the German athletes as they entered the stadium.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Moussambani Eric Moussambani]] of Equatorial Guinea was the only competitor in his 100m freestyle heat after his two opponents were disqualified for a false start. Having only learned how to swim eight months beforehand, he gained entry into the Olympics via a wildcard draw to encourage developing countries without expensive training facilities to participate. Eric had never raced for more than 50m in his life and he struggled to finish the last 50m with commenters doubting he would make it and the crowds cheering him on. He won his solo heat with 1:52.72, a personal best and an Equatoguinean national record. The man knew he was out of his league but he did his best and in 2012 is a coach for Equatorial Guinea's swimming team.
* At the 2004 marathon, Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima was leading... then halfway through a crazy priest (who had previously invaded a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiA4JfOiLgY&feature=related pushed him off track]]. After a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a Greek bystander who helped him get free (whom the Brazilian comittee even paid a trip to their country), Lima got surpassed by two racers, but still won the bronze with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnR7pJdjbd8 a cheerful arrival that's a clear CMOH.]]
** In 2016, Brazil even picks de Lima to lit the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, a huge honor.
* Eric Lamaze's gold medal in 2008 in show jumping. He was banned from previous Olympics for testing positive for cocaine and was banned for life, but after convincing the FEI and the Canadian Equestrian federation to give him another chance, he made a comeback which all culminated in his gold medal in individual show jumping and a team silver in 2008.
* At the 2010 Olympic Games, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team won 2-0 against the American team in the gold medal game. After Team USA received their silver medals and bouquets, the entire audience (who were mostly Canadian) chanted "USA! USA!" in appreciation. The team responded to the crowd by raising their bouquets in thanks. Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpMxF20x5wk here.]]
* The Czech Republic ice-hockey team crossed swords with Canada in the semi-final of Ice Hockey Olympic Tournament in Nagano 1998. During the nerve-biting penalty shootouts, the bench of Czech players did a line version of GroupHug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, [[ManHug united as one man and emotionally supporting each other]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otDlogDWDLk Have a look here]] (the hug starts at about 4:00 mins). Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favoured. DarkhorseVictory made it all the more heartwarming.
** The look on Wayne Gretzky's face (see 9:38 in the video linked above) and his later words: "It's not our game anymore" makes this a TearJerker as well.
** The momentum gained by this victory carried the Czech team through the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome 1-0 victory over Russia in the final game]] of what was dubbed The Tournament of the Century. To put this in perspective, Nagano was the first ever Olympic ice-hockey tournament during which NHL was halted so that the national teams could present their very best players. The victory led to immediate celebrations in the streets and townsquares all across Czech Republic, and their arrival to Prague airport and the subsequent victory parade to Old Town Square was attended by nearly a million people in the streets and watched in TV by over four and half million others (in a country with population of ten millions).
* In 1968 Mexico City, after the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qck5arjMGBg controversial Black Power Salute]] that Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos were a part of remained life-long friends. [[TearJerker After Norman's death in 2006, Smith and Carlos travelled all the way to Australia to be his pallbearers.]]



* The specialized jackets made by Nike for any American who won a medal in 2014. Hidden inside are the messages "This is your moment" and "Land of the free."
* Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison failed to qualify for the 1000m long-track speed skating event at 2014 Sochi. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced a day before the event he has given up his spot for Morrison, citing "how Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races." Morrison went on to win the silver medal in the 1000 M and bronze in the 1500 M.
** Post-competition, Morrison has nominated Junio on social media to be Canada's flagbearer at the closing ceremonies.
* At the respective ages of 8 and 9, Charlie White and Meryl Davis were paired up in ice dancing, with him annoyed at breaking in a new partner and her too shy to even look at him. Then the partnership went on to last 17 years (and counting), climbing to the top of their sport, and culminating with becoming America's first-ever ice dancing gold medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, in great part thanks to their [[PlatonicLifePartners incredibly close friendship]]. And their moms have been at every competition, together, for all those 17 years. Just to top it off, the silver medalists at these Games (and the pair they cam in second to in Vancouver) are their training partners and longtime friends, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes become my hero. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs]] The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.
** After all the controversies surrounding Vancouver 2010 gold medal, Plushenko and Lysacek seems to be in good terms now. Lysacek once called out NBC on twitter for discrediting Plushenko. He even praised Plushenko's performance in the team event. And in the TV interview after his withdrawal, Plushenko personally thanked Lysacek (and Michelle Kwan) for their support during the team events.



* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named Jane--during his victory lap.
* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Creator/MichaelJFox's surprise-appearance was a massive relief to many of his fans who had feared, after his long disappearance from public life, that his condition had deteriorated due to his Parkinson's Disease, Fox put those fears to rest with his hilarious and brilliant speech. Hats off, Mike!
* London 2012: There was a group of Canadian runners who had placed third in the relay, and would have gotten a bronze medal, but were stripped of it [[SeriousBusiness because one of the athletes stepped on a line]]. A kid then wrote a heartwarming message to them telling them not to give up hope, and gave them his Timbits soccer medal, the only medal he'd won sports-wise, as a ConsolationPrize. Said kid got a lot of publicity for this act of kindness; Tim Hortons gave out a replacement Timbits medal, and the athletes got to meet the kid, though the meeting was delayed somewhat due to a tropical storm.

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* At the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, speed skater Dan Jansen received word just prior to the medal event that his sister Jane had died of leukemia. He had tried to talk to her on the telephone earlier that day, but she was unresponsive. Wanting badly to dedicate his medal to her memory, instead he fell and did not complete the race. The same thing happened days later in another event. 1992 in Albertville, he came up short and did not medal. When he finally won gold in Lillehammer in 1994, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo he carried his one-year-old daughter]]--named Jane--during his victory lap.
* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Creator/MichaelJFox's surprise-appearance was a massive relief to many of his fans who had feared, after his long disappearance from public life, that his condition had deteriorated due to his Parkinson's Disease, Fox put those fears to rest with his hilarious and brilliant speech. Hats off, Mike!
* London 2012:
There was a group of Canadian runners who had placed third in the relay, and would have gotten a bronze medal, but were stripped of it [[SeriousBusiness because one of the athletes stepped on a line]]. A kid then wrote a heartwarming message to them telling them not to give up hope, and gave them his Timbits soccer medal, the only medal he'd won sports-wise, as a ConsolationPrize. Said kid got a lot of publicity for this act of kindness; Tim Hortons gave out a replacement Timbits medal, and the athletes got to meet the kid, though the meeting was delayed somewhat due to a tropical storm.



* Atlanta 1996: Abdul Baser Wasiqi of Afghanistan [[{{Determinator}} refused to drop out]] of the men's marathon despite having injured his leg two weeks prior to the Games. He was the final competitor to finish the race, nearly an hour and a half behind the second-slowest competitor. Wasiqi was so far behind, in fact, that the stadium was in the process of being prepared for the Games' closing ceremonies by the time he got there. But when he did arrive, all of the workers dropped what they were doing and lined up around the track to congratulate him, with two people even holding up a ribbon for him to cross once he reached the finish line.
* Rio 2016: The Refugee Olympic Team, team of ten athletes from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, not only being able to participate but during the opening ceremonies, they received the warmest reception of ''any'' team and the crowd went nuts.

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[[folder: Sochi 2014]]
* Atlanta 1996: Abdul Baser Wasiqi In Sochi for the 2014 Olympics, Bilodeau wins gold yet again, and tells the world his brother continues to be an inspiration to him. It's just as heartwarming as the first time.
*In the opening ceremony, five giant snowflakes were supposed to open up and form the Olympic rings, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA one remained closed]]. At the closing ceremonies, five groups
of Afghanistan [[{{Determinator}} refused to drop out]] dancers portrayed the snowflakes, with one group remaining closed. As the audience laughed and applauded, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally opened]].
* The specialized jackets made by Nike for any American who won a medal in 2014. Hidden inside are the messages "This is your moment" and "Land
of the men's marathon free."
* Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison failed to qualify for the 1000m long-track speed skating event at 2014 Sochi. Teammate Gilmore Junio announced a day before the event he has given up his spot for Morrison, citing "how Denny is skating now, I believe it's in the best interest of the team if he races." Morrison went on to win the silver medal in the 1000 M and bronze in the 1500 M.
** Post-competition, Morrison has nominated Junio on social media to be Canada's flagbearer at the closing ceremonies.
* At the respective ages of 8 and 9, Charlie White and Meryl Davis were paired up in ice dancing, with him annoyed at breaking in a new partner and her too shy to even look at him. Then the partnership went on to last 17 years (and counting), climbing to the top of their sport, and culminating with becoming America's first-ever ice dancing gold medalists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, in great part thanks to their [[PlatonicLifePartners incredibly close friendship]]. And their moms have been at every competition, together, for all those 17 years. Just to top it off, the silver medalists at these Games (and the pair they cam in second to in Vancouver) are their training partners and longtime friends, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
* Russian figure skating legend Evgeni Plushenko and Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu's mutual admiration. Yuzuru always said that he took up skating because of Plushenko, especially after watching his performance in 2002 Olympics. [[NotSoStoic Plushenko]] replies: "I might have been his hero, but now, hes become my hero. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77541294839#notes link]]. And Plushy's another word to Hanyu; he wishes that Hanyu would win many more medals in the future, but most importantly, not to forget to take care of his own health too. [[http://this-is-chris-colfers-world.tumblr.com/post/77601453685/a-surprise-message-to-yuzuru-hanyu-from-his-hero *Sobs]] The passing-the-torch thing is bittersweet, because Plushenko himself has been plagued by lots of health problems which forced him to withdraw before facing Hanyu in the individual competition.
** After all the controversies surrounding Vancouver 2010 gold medal, Plushenko and Lysacek seems to be in good terms now. Lysacek once called out NBC on twitter for discrediting Plushenko. He even praised Plushenko's performance in the team event. And in the TV interview after his withdrawal, Plushenko personally thanked Lysacek (and Michelle Kwan) for their support during the team events.
* At the 2014 Olympics, figure skating legend Mao Asada, at what would eventually turn out to be her final Olympics, had a disastrous short program that left her in ''16th'' going into the long program,
despite having injured his leg two weeks prior to being one of the Games. He was challengers to win. With the final competitor to pressure off, Asada skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9AA39jPJY a beautiful and flawless long program]] that left her in TearsOfJoy at the end. Although she didn't finish on the podium like she wanted, she had her Olympic moment and skated what is still considered to be one of the greatest performances of all time.
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[[folder: Rio De Janeiro 2016]]
* In 2016, Brazil picks de Lima to lit the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremony, a huge honor.
* Michael Phelps' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIYanq5gH8 final Olympic race]], which resulted in one more gold. After
the race, nearly an hour the crowd gives him a roaring ovation, and a half behind you can tell he's getting emotional over the second-slowest competitor. Wasiqi was so far behind, moment. All in fact, that the stadium was in the process of being prepared for the Games' closing ceremonies by the time he got there. But when he did arrive, all all, a great way to say goodbye to one of the workers dropped what they were doing and lined up around the track to congratulate him, with two people even holding up a ribbon for him to cross once he reached the finish line.
greatest Olympic athletes of all time.
* Rio 2016: The Refugee Olympic Team, team of ten athletes from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, not only being able to participate but during the opening ceremonies, they received the warmest reception of ''any'' team and the crowd went nuts.



* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who techinially failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.
* At the 2014 Olympics, figure skating legend Mao Asada, at what would eventually turn out to be her final Olympics, had a disastrous short program that left her in ''16th'' going into the long program, despite being one of the challengers to win. With the pressure off, Asada skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9AA39jPJY a beautiful and flawless long program]] that left her in TearsOfJoy at the end. Although she didn't finish on the podium like she wanted, she had her Olympic moment and skated what is still considered to be one of the greatest performances of all time.
* Michael Phelps' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIYanq5gH8 final Olympic race]], which resulted in one more gold. After the race, the crowd gives him a roaring ovation, and you can tell he's getting emotional over the moment. All in all, a great way to say goodbye to one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.

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* One of the most memorable images of the Barcelona 1992 Olympics came from somebody who techinially failed to finish - one of the semifinals in the men's 200m saw Derek Redmond pull up with 250m left with a torn hamstring. Rather than having his Olympic career ended on a stretcher, he got up and, with help from his father, finished the race to a standing ovation. One of the first people to console him afterwards was Linford Christie, with both men in tears; before the Games, the two had had an openly hostile relationship.
* At the 2014 Olympics, figure skating legend Mao Asada, at what would eventually turn out to be her final Olympics, had a disastrous short program that left her in ''16th'' going into the long program, despite being one of the challengers to win. With the pressure off, Asada skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9AA39jPJY a beautiful and flawless long program]] that left her in TearsOfJoy at the end. Although she didn't finish on the podium like she wanted, she had her Olympic moment and skated what is still considered to be one of the greatest performances of all time.
* Michael Phelps' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmIYanq5gH8 final Olympic race]], which resulted in one more gold. After the race, the crowd gives him a roaring ovation, and you can tell he's getting emotional over the moment. All in all, a great way to say goodbye to one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.
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