History TearJerker / OlympicGames

21st Jun '16 7:22:56 PM gewunomox
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* Every time the Olympic Flame dies. Made even more a tear jerker if there is a song playing just before it happens. Some examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-MRc29_ihA this quintessentially Greek "Farewell to the Flame"]] at the end of the 2004 Athens games, the London 2012 closing ceremonies when Music/TakeThat performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhSGwPoHo6w "Rule The World,"]] and at the Vancouver 2010 closing ceremonies when NeilYoung performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHilRqOLx8 "Long May You Run."]]

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* Every time the Olympic Flame dies. Made even more a tear jerker if there is a song playing just before it happens. Some examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-MRc29_ihA this quintessentially Greek "Farewell to the Flame"]] at the end of the 2004 Athens games, the London 2012 closing ceremonies when Music/TakeThat performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhSGwPoHo6w "Rule The World,"]] and at the Vancouver 2010 closing ceremonies when NeilYoung Music/NeilYoung performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHilRqOLx8 "Long May You Run."]]
24th Apr '16 3:12:03 PM RoseAndHeather
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* In London 2012's women's épée semi-final, Shin A-lam appeared to win, but a problem with the timing clock meant that it had to be reset; in the one second it was reset to, her opponent scored a surprise hit and won. While her coaches and team officials were trying to appeal the decision, Shin couldn't leave the arena's piste since it would imply conceding defeat, and she was left there crying for more than an hour. She then lost the copper-medal bout.

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* In London 2012's women's épée semi-final, Shin A-lam appeared to win, but a problem with the timing clock meant that it had to be reset; in the one second it was reset to, her opponent scored a surprise hit and won. While her coaches and team officials were trying to appeal the decision, Shin couldn't leave the arena's piste since it would imply conceding defeat, and she was left there crying for more than an hour. She then lost the copper-medal bout.bout.
* In 1976, Romanian women's gymnastics burst onto the scene with superstar Nadia Comaneci, who revolutionized the sport, and for every Olympics thereafter, Romania never ''once'' failed to medal in the team competition. 2016 was supposed to be the golden 40th anniversary, a throwback to the "Golden Age". But at the 2015 World Championships, at which only the top 8 teams would automatically qualify for an Olympic team berth, Romania -- who had just lost key all-arounder Ana Maria Ocolisan to injury and was made up almost entirely of inexperienced youngsters -- completely melted down in competition. They failed to qualify a team for the first time in fifty years, and to make matters worse, an ill-timed injury to their star Larisa Iordache meant that they also failed to qualify at the Test Event, despite injured veteran Catalina Ponor dragging herself out of retirement to lead their team. There will be no 40th-anniversary podium spot for Romania in Rio; for the first time almost since its inception, the Romanian program that produced champions like Comaneci, Ponor, Iordache, Emilia Eberle, Ecaterina Szabo, Aurelia Dobre, Daniela Silivas, Lavinia Milosovici, Simona Amanar, Maria Olaru, Andreea Raducan, Ana Porgras, Sandra Izbasa, and so many others will be represented by a lone gymnast at the Olympic Games. It is truly the end of an era.
15th Apr '16 10:47:36 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* Another story related to the Olympics, but not actually there, is that of Somali runner Samia Yusuf Omar. She had represented her country at the Beijing games of 2008, to the fury of Somalia's powerful Islamists, and for her safety had moved to neighbouring Ethiopia. Struggling to find a chance to train there, but still determined to run in London 2012, she travelled overland to Libya, hoping to cross to Italy and find a trainer there. It was not to be. The small boat she was in ran out of petrol. It was spotted by an Italian ship, whose crew attempted to rescue the people in the small boat, but, in the confusion, Samia fell into the sea and drowned.
30th Mar '16 7:29:41 AM ZanderSchubert
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* Midori Ito falling during her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvDz0Up_J_k short program]] at the 1992 Games. It all worked out in the end, but Ito was so revered in the figure skating community that one rival's coach outright burst into tears seeing it, another claimed it "broke my heart", and even her chief rival for the gold medal, Kristi Yamaguchi, was visibly upset when it happened.

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* Midori Ito falling during her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvDz0Up_J_k short program]] at the 1992 Games. It all worked out in the end, but Ito was so revered in the figure skating community that one rival's coach outright burst into tears seeing it, another claimed it "broke my heart", and even her chief rival for the gold medal, Kristi Yamaguchi, was visibly upset when it happened.happened.
* In London 2012's women's épée semi-final, Shin A-lam appeared to win, but a problem with the timing clock meant that it had to be reset; in the one second it was reset to, her opponent scored a surprise hit and won. While her coaches and team officials were trying to appeal the decision, Shin couldn't leave the arena's piste since it would imply conceding defeat, and she was left there crying for more than an hour. She then lost the copper-medal bout.
27th Feb '16 7:41:38 PM DrOO7
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* Michelle Kwan, after falling on a jump in her long program and having to settle for the bronze in 2002, skated in the exhibition after the competition to the song "Fields of Gold," decked out in gold. She received a standing ovation before and after she skated, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbUVLV49mas ended her performance in tears]].

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* Michelle Kwan, after falling on a jump in her long program and having to settle for the bronze in 2002, skated in the exhibition after the competition to the song "Fields of Gold," decked out in gold. She received a standing ovation before and after she skated, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbUVLV49mas ended her performance in tears]].tears]].
* Midori Ito falling during her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvDz0Up_J_k short program]] at the 1992 Games. It all worked out in the end, but Ito was so revered in the figure skating community that one rival's coach outright burst into tears seeing it, another claimed it "broke my heart", and even her chief rival for the gold medal, Kristi Yamaguchi, was visibly upset when it happened.
20th Nov '15 3:11:12 PM RoseAndHeather
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** Mukhina died in 1980.
10th Oct '15 1:10:13 AM CaptEquinox
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--> "Though Mukhina rarely gave interviews, she was vocally critical of the Soviet sports system and others involved in her training. She repeatedly described her accident as 'inevitable' because of the conditions under which she trained exhausted and injured. 'There are such concepts as the honor of the club, the honor of the team, the honor of the national squad, the honor of the flag. They are words behind which the person isn't perceived,' she said in 1988. 'I was injured because everyone around me was observing neutrality and keeping silent. After all, they saw that I wasn't ready to perform that element. But they kept quiet.'
** Mukhina died in 1980.
26th Sep '15 4:06:36 PM nombretomado
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The OlympicGames is the most prestigious event in sporting worlds, so expect all display of emotions, good or bad, happy or sad, to be noticeably amplified. And in case of sad, expect lots of tears.

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The OlympicGames UsefulNotes/OlympicGames is the most prestigious event in sporting worlds, so expect all display of emotions, good or bad, happy or sad, to be noticeably amplified. And in case of sad, expect lots of tears.
26th Aug '15 10:19:08 AM nombretomado
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* MuhammadAli's lighting of the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The identity of the final torchbearer had been kept secret and was only revealed when Ali appeared at the top of the ramp. After maintaining a low profile for the past decade, it was utterly ''shocking'' for the world to finally see history's greatest boxing champion and 1960 Rome gold medalist in the limelight again, ravaged by Parkinson's and the many head injuries he had suffered throughout his career. The gradual decline of boxing in recent years has sometimes been partially attributed to Ali's appearance at the Atlanta Olympics, which showcased the extreme injuries that most boxers are subjected to in the ring.

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* MuhammadAli's UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The identity of the final torchbearer had been kept secret and was only revealed when Ali appeared at the top of the ramp. After maintaining a low profile for the past decade, it was utterly ''shocking'' for the world to finally see history's greatest boxing champion and 1960 Rome gold medalist in the limelight again, ravaged by Parkinson's and the many head injuries he had suffered throughout his career. The gradual decline of boxing in recent years has sometimes been partially attributed to Ali's appearance at the Atlanta Olympics, which showcased the extreme injuries that most boxers are subjected to in the ring.
25th May '15 10:01:07 PM nekonaito
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* Not occurring at the Olympics, but most definitely related to it, is the story of 1978 All-Around World Champion Elena Mukhina, a Soviet gymnast who was driven to her breaking point in pursuit of the Games -- quite literally. After Nadia Comaneci's astonishing all-around victory in Montreal and with the 1980 Games scheduled for Moscow, the Soviets were desperate to regain supremacy in the world of gymnastics. Mukhina, who had come out of nowhere to dominate the '78 world championships, represented their best hope for victory; her unique blend of consummate artistry and near-impossible difficulty made her breathtaking to watch. But while preparing for the 1979 Worlds, Mukhina broke her leg. Despite her pleading, her cast was removed long before she had healed, and despite having to be rushed in for a second, emergency surgery, she was forced back into training and put on a brutal diet. On top of all of this, her coaches were pushing her to include increasingly dangerous elements in her routines, including a complicated roll-out skill called a Thomas salto where the slightest miscalculation could result in paralysis or death. Two weeks before the Games, weak, starved, and exhausted, Elena landed the salto on her chin. Her spine snapped, and she was rendered instantly quadruplegic less than a month after her twentieth birthday. She later said that her first thought as she lay on the floor was, "Thank God, I won't have to go to the Olympics."

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* Not occurring at the Olympics, but most definitely related to it, is the story of 1978 All-Around World Champion Elena Mukhina, a Soviet gymnast who was driven to her breaking point in pursuit of the Games -- quite literally. After Nadia Comaneci's astonishing all-around victory in Montreal and with the 1980 Games scheduled for Moscow, the Soviets were desperate to regain supremacy in the world of gymnastics. Mukhina, who had come out of nowhere to dominate the '78 world championships, represented their best hope for victory; her unique blend of consummate artistry and near-impossible difficulty made her breathtaking to watch. But while preparing for the 1979 Worlds, Mukhina broke her leg. Despite her pleading, her cast was removed long before she had healed, and despite having to be rushed in for a second, emergency surgery, she was forced back into training and put on a brutal diet. On top of all of this, her coaches were pushing her to include increasingly dangerous elements in her routines, including a complicated roll-out skill called a Thomas salto where the slightest miscalculation could result in paralysis or death. Two weeks before the Games, weak, starved, and exhausted, Elena landed the salto on her chin. Her spine snapped, and she was rendered instantly quadruplegic less than a month after her twentieth birthday. She later said that her first thought as she lay on the floor was, "Thank God, I won't have to go to the Olympics.""
* Michelle Kwan, after falling on a jump in her long program and having to settle for the bronze in 2002, skated in the exhibition after the competition to the song "Fields of Gold," decked out in gold. She received a standing ovation before and after she skated, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbUVLV49mas ended her performance in tears]].
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