History Heartwarming / OlympicGames

27th Dec '15 10:57:19 AM twilicorn
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* "The Difference Makers" section from the CTV Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where Canadian athletes talk about their special someone who changed their lives and helped them in their journey to Olympic athletes. I cannot recall the athlete's name, but he 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. I cannot recall One athlete (name unavailable at the athlete's name, but he 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.
8th Dec '15 12:38:15 PM SayaAensland
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* 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!
* At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the German team didn't choose a German to be their flag bearer, but a local Salt Laker: Gail Halvorsen, a retired Air Force pilot who was a veteran of the Berlin Airlift, famous for dropping chocolate and other goodies for the children of West Berlin.

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* 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!
* At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the German team didn't choose a German to be their flag bearer, but a local Salt Laker: Gail Halvorsen, a retired Air Force pilot who was a veteran of the Berlin Airlift, famous for dropping chocolate and other goodies for the children of West Berlin.
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8th Dec '15 12:34:38 PM SayaAensland
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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 Winter Olympics, he was invited to hold the title place card for the German athletes as they entered the stadium.

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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 title place card placard for the German athletes as they entered the stadium.
2nd Nov '15 10:07:40 PM souridealist
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* At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada wins the gold medal on home soil for the first time. The winner, Alexandre Bilodeau, stated his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, was his inspiration.

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* At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada wins the freestyle skiing gold medal on home soil for the first time. The winner, Alexandre Bilodeau, stated his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, was his inspiration.
16th Oct '15 6:26:39 PM bassmedic87
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* 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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* 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!Mike!
* At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the German team didn't choose a German to be their flag bearer, but a local Salt Laker: Gail Halvorsen, a retired Air Force pilot who was a veteran of the Berlin Airlift, famous for dropping chocolate and other goodies for the children of West Berlin.
27th Sep '15 6:04:22 PM twilicorn
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* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Michael J. Fox'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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* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Michael J. Fox's 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!
20th May '15 6:28:51 PM nombretomado
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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 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 FormulaOne 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.]]
29th Apr '15 2:44:51 PM StevieC
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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, 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, he carried his one-year-old daughter--named Jane--during his victory lap.lap.
* At the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremony, Michael J. Fox'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!
29th Apr '15 2:37:03 PM StevieC
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* At the Centennial Olympic Games, Mohammad 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.
31st Jan '15 5:52:24 PM BradyLady
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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 1996, 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 1996, 1994, he carried his one-year-old daughter--named Jane--during his victory lap.
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