History TearJerker / OlympicGames

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* [[https://youtu.be/jRWHwt91oj0 Sale and Pelletier's]] reaction to their scores. A magnificent, flawless performance, all for naught. It's particularly heartbreaking to watch Sale try her hardest to put on a brave face, only to almost immediately break down in tears.
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* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US and 1987 World Champion Katarina With of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze.

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* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US and 1987 World Champion defending Olympic champion Katarina With Witt of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze.




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* Even worse, it is unanimously agreed that silver medalist Elizabeth Manley of Canada gave the best performance that night and that ''she'' deserved to win the gold medal and would have had it not been for UsefulNotes/ColdWar loyalties among the judges.



* Tatiana Gutsu of the Unified Team also fell from the beam and bawled her eyes out upon realizing that she had failed to qualify for the all-around competition. Luckily, a teammate who had qualified injured her knee [[note]] Actually, she didn't. The story was fabricated because it was believed Gutsu Had a better chance of winning a medal.[[/note]], allowing her a second chance--and she won gold.



* Tonya herself gets this, completely falling apart in competition with disastrous performances and finishing in eight place. It is sad that the first American woman to land a triple axel will instead be remembered for something so notorious--to this day, her name is [[MemeticMutation synonymous]] with someone ruthlessly trying to take out the competition.



* After being yanked from the 1992 All-Around competition with a non-existent knee injury because teammate Tatiana Gutsu was believed to have a better chance at a medal [[note]] and indeed, she won the gold medal [[/note]], Russian gymnast Rozalia Galiyeva finally had her chance at Olympic glory. . .and faltered, winning nothing more than a disappointing team silver.

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* After being yanked from the 1992 All-Around competition with a non-existent knee injury because teammate Tatiana Gutsu was believed to have a better chance at a medal [[note]] and indeed, she won the gold medal [[/note]], Russian gymnast Rozalia Galiyeva finally had her chance at Olympic glory. . .and faltered, winning nothing more than a disappointing team silver.
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* Michelle Jean's withdrawal from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.

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* Michelle Jean's Kwan's withdrawal from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.
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[[folder: Lillehammer 1994]]
* At the 1994 Olympic trials, an assailant hired by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding attacked Nancy Kerrigan. You can't help yourself but feel sorry for Nancy Kerrigan sobbing in pain.

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[[folder: Lillehammer 1994]]
General]]
* At Every time the 1994 Olympic trials, 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 Music/NeilYoung performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHilRqOLx8 "Long May You Run."]]
* On that note, the IOC President's speech at the Closing Ceremonies: "And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the Games of [insert year here] closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in [name of next host city]..." Partly sadness because the current games are ending, and partly heart-swelling hope for the next generation of Olympians.
* 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 assailant hired Italian ship, whose crew attempted to rescue the people in the small boat, but, in the confusion, Samia fell into the sea and drowned.
* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' Olympic Spirit.
* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.
** Related to that, his final competition, the 2017 World Championships in London, were a sorely disappointing end to his magnificent career--finishing third in the 100m dash (the first time in a ''decade'' he has not won that race), and collapsing with a pulled hamstring in the 4*100m relay (once again, the first time in eons Jamaica has not won that race). One sincerely hopes he will be remembered for his Olympic victories and not these losses.
* Those utterly depressing "Abandoned Olympic Venues" slideshows that get put out as every new set of Games approaches. And yes, as of 2017, the Rio venues have been added to that list. Especially bad considering that the Athletes Villages at least could have been used for low income housing--this was specifically the intent after the Athens Games, but the whole project fell through.
* Spectacular as they are, the Games might be losing their luster--only two cities competed for the 2022 Games and 2024 Games--as more and more cities/countries realize [[PyrrhicVictory how expensive a venture they are and that the infrastructure built is likely to go to waste afterwards]].
** This is demonstrated
by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding attacked Nancy Kerrigan. You can't help yourself but feel sorry fact that Paris and Los Angeles, the two competitors for Nancy Kerrigan sobbing in pain.the 2024 Games, have been awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games, respectively. This was specifically done out of concern that ''no one'' might be vying for the 2028 Games.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU3jfbb172E Derek Redmond]] is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Redmond#Athletics_career good story]] to start off with here. After running the best time in the first round and winning his quarter-final at the Barcelona 1992 games, he made a good start in the semi-final only for his hamstring to snap 250 meters from the finish line. He hobbled to a stop, collapsed in pain, and then ''got up again'' and began limping his way along the track in an effort to finish the race. His father Jim barged past security to help him through the last lap and across the finish line, to a standing ovation from the crowd of 65,000 spectators... but since his father helped him finish, he was officially disqualified and considered a "Did Not Finish."
** More video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFKpZnok10s here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE here]].
*** Read the description of the second video for an additional tear jerker.
* Emeli Sande's song [[http://youtu.be/FsVIzK1VLdo during the closing Ceremony of 2012]] may belong in Music, but the whole damn thing was so moving, it deserves to be here too, especially when you consider how much the Olympics, in spite of innately being a competition, brings people together:
-->''Yeah we're all [[HumansAreGood wonderful, wonderful people]], so when did we all get so [[FearIsTheAppropriateResponse fearful]]?''
-->''Now we're finally finding our voices [[ThisIsNoTimeToPanic so take a chance]], come [[RousseauWasRight help me sing this]].''
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the cauldron 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.
* At the Vancouver 2010 games, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodar_Kumaritashvili Nodar Kumaritashvili]], a Georgian luge athlete, died in a practice run mere ''hours'' before the opening ceremonies. The Georgian team marched in with black scarves, and the Georgian flag sported a black band on top for the duration of the games. Quite a few of the other teams (at least those at the beginning of the Parade of Nations) put a band of black tape on their arms in honor of Nodar. The other Georgian luger, who also grew up with Nodar, tried to get back in practice the next day but ultimately couldn't go on and dropped out of the games.
* U.S. speedskater [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jensen Dan Jensen]] was heavily favored in 1988's 500 and 1000 meter races, but after finding out mere hours before the first race that his sister Jane had died of leukemia, he fell in both races in truly heartbreaking fashion. In 1992 he struck out again. However, in 1994, in the 1000-meter race, which was widely known to be his final shot at Olympic gold, he did better. He set a world record, dedicated the win to his departed sister, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo skated a victory lap holding his baby daughter]], who, in a final burst of tearjerker, was named Jane.
* Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette's mother died two days before she could watch her daughter skate for the short-program. After [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome winning]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the bronze medal]], she placed her medal on her mother's casket for a time.
** See especially her expression when the thunderous applause starts at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQYoyKBR9bM her performance]], when you realize that, from her point of view, it's a great big "you did wonderful, we are so sorry for what happened to you, and we love you" from the whole of the country.

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[[folder: Berlin 1936]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU3jfbb172E Derek Redmond]] is At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the German team for the women's 4 x 100 metres relay won the heats by nearly a second, and were all set to win the final, building up a lead that even America's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Redmond#Athletics_career good story]] to start off with here. After running the best time in the first round and winning his quarter-final at the Barcelona 1992 games, he made a good start in the semi-final only for his hamstring to snap 250 meters from the finish line. He hobbled to a stop, collapsed in pain, and org/wiki/Helen_Stephens Helen Stephens]] probably couldn't have beat. And then ''got up again'' and began limping his way along the track in an effort to finish the race. His father Jim barged past security to help him through the last lap and across the finish line, to a standing ovation from the crowd of 65,000 spectators... but since his father helped him finish, he was officially disqualified and considered a "Did Not Finish."
** More video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFKpZnok10s here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE here]].
*** Read the description of the second video for an additional tear jerker.
* Emeli Sande's song [[http://youtu.be/FsVIzK1VLdo during the closing Ceremony of 2012]] may belong in Music, but the whole damn thing was so moving, it deserves to be here too, especially when you consider how much the Olympics, in spite of innately being a competition, brings people together:
-->''Yeah we're all [[HumansAreGood wonderful, wonderful people]], so when did we all get so [[FearIsTheAppropriateResponse fearful]]?''
-->''Now we're finally finding our voices [[ThisIsNoTimeToPanic so take a chance]], come [[RousseauWasRight help me sing this]].''
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the cauldron 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.
* At the Vancouver 2010 games,
team's anchor (last runner), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodar_Kumaritashvili Nodar Kumaritashvili]], a Georgian luge athlete, died in a practice run mere ''hours'' before org/wiki/Ilse_Dörffeldt Ilse Dörffeldt]], dropped the opening ceremonies. The Georgian team marched in with black scarves, and baton right after the Georgian flag sported a black band last hand-over, resulting in instant disqualification. [[https://youtu.be/a461M699YLE?t=415 Watch it here.]]
** "The girls proved they were genuine women by bursting into tears
on top for the duration field."
** Even sadder is that this was a result of DamnYouMuscleMemory; Ilse dropped the baton trying to transfer it to her other hand, which she didn't have to do because she was the anchor, but was used to doing because she was normally in one
of the games. Quite a few middle legs.
--->"Her mouth wide open in shock, Doerffeldt held up her arms in the position
of someone who was surrendering. ... As she turned round to look, the other teams (at least those at runners, led by Helen Stephens, stormed past her. For a moment, Doerffeldt looked like a little girl stuck in the beginning middle of a busy street, cars and lorries mercilessly shooting past her." From ''Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Parade Olympic Dream''
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[[folder: Mexico City 1968]]
* In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, in the marathon, Tanzanian John Stephen Akhwari got injured and finished last. He in fact ran from Reforma Avenue until the Estadio Olímpico Universitario (i.e. a fuckload
of Nations) put a band of black tape on their arms in honor of Nodar. The other Georgian luger, who also grew up with Nodar, tried distance), crossed the finish line and collapsed. He had this to get back in practice say from his hospital bed the next day but ultimately couldn't go on and dropped out of day: "I don't think you understand. My country did not send me five thousand miles to start the games.
* U.S. speedskater [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jensen Dan Jensen]] was heavily favored in 1988's 500 and 1000 meter races, but after finding out mere hours before the first race that his sister Jane had died of leukemia, he fell in both races in truly heartbreaking fashion. In 1992 he struck out again. However, in 1994, in the 1000-meter
race, which was widely known they sent me five thousand miles to be his final shot at Olympic gold, he did better. He set a world record, dedicated finish it".
** Another one: In
the win to his departed sister, gymnastics field, Vera Caslavska won 4 gold medals and 2 silvers for Czechoslovakia and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo skated a victory lap holding his baby daughter]], who, in a final burst of tearjerker, was named Jane.
* Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette's mother died two days before she could watch
com/watch?v=dykBBhaoczg turned her daughter skate for head as the short-program. After [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome winning]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the bronze medal]], she placed her medal on her mother's casket for a time.
** See especially her expression when the thunderous applause starts at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQYoyKBR9bM her performance]], when you realize that, from her point of view, it's a great big "you did wonderful, we are so sorry for what happened to you, and we love you" from the whole
Soviet anthem played]] because of the country.Prague Spring. That same year she got married in Mexico's Metropolitan Cathedral and received the nickname of "La Novia de México" ("The Bride of Mexico").
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[[folder: Munich 1972]]



* During the 2004 Olympic Games opening parade, when the country of Iraq was announced. The cheers that went up across the stadium easily trebled any that had come for the previous countries.
* Ditto for the 2008 Olympics, when they started singing "We're One World." Retroactively saddening that the athletes from Russia and Georgia walked in the opening ceremony side-by-side, only hours after their countries went to war.
** Yao Ming carried China's flag in one hand and the hand of nine-year-old Lin Hao in the other. Lin was a child who'd saved the lives of two friends when the three of them were trapped in the Sichuan earthquake just a month before.
* In the happy tears category, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donghua_Li Donghua and Esperanza Li]]. Donghua was told that he would be forbidden from representing China in the Olympics if he married Esperanza: he gave up his gymnastics career in China for the woman he loved. He would later become a Swiss citizen and represent them in the Olympics.
* And in 2000, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-QivSECfj4&t=51m10s when North and South Korea walked in together under their "unification" flag, clasped hands held high.]]
* During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the German athletes asked a local man to carry their country's placard into the stadium. His name was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Halvorsen Gail Halvorsen]], the man who began dropping chocolate to children during the Berlin Airlift.
* Bela Karolyi carrying PluckyGirl Kerri Strug to the podium to accept her gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
* In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, in the marathon, Tanzanian John Stephen Akhwari got injured and finished last. He in fact ran from Reforma Avenue until the Estadio Olímpico Universitario (i.e. a fuckload of distance), crossed the finish line and collapsed. He had this to say from his hospital bed the next day: "I don't think you understand. My country did not send me five thousand miles to start the race, they sent me five thousand miles to finish it".
** Another one: In the gymnastics field, Vera Caslavska won 4 gold medals and 2 silvers for Czechoslovakia and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dykBBhaoczg turned her head as the Soviet anthem played]] because of the Prague Spring. That same year she got married in Mexico's Metropolitan Cathedral and received the nickname of "La Novia de México" ("The Bride of Mexico").
* The singing of "God Save the Queen" and accompanying flag-raising at the Beijing Olympics.
** And then the later "God Save the Queen" anthem at the 2012 London Olympics with Queen Elizabeth in attendance.
* 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 Music/NeilYoung performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHilRqOLx8 "Long May You Run."]]
** Take That performing in London at all was a sizeable one for many Brits, given lead singer Gary Barlow lost his baby daughter only a few days previously. His voice cracking in the opening verse caused a lot of damp eyes.
** On that note, the IOC President's speech at the Closing Ceremonies: "And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the Games of [insert year here] closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in [name of next host city]..." Partly sadness because the current games are ending, and partly heart-swelling hope for the next generation of Olympians.
* At the 2012 London Olympics, Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, a British lightweight rowing duo, narrowly missed out on gold, getting silver instead. After the race was over, they cried in front of the cameras and apologised for letting down their country.
** Paula Radcliffe's complete breakdown after the Athens 2004 marathon (she withdrew after 36k, due to a combination of a stomach upset and heat exhaustion - the latterly typically blamed on the race's start time of mid-afternoon to satisfy international TV demands; there's a reason these things are usually done early in the morning) was even worse.

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* During the 2004 Olympic Games opening parade, when the country of Iraq was announced. The cheers that went up across the stadium easily trebled any that had come for the previous countries.
* Ditto for the 2008 Olympics, when they started singing "We're One World." Retroactively saddening that the athletes from Russia and Georgia walked in the opening ceremony side-by-side, only hours after their countries went to war.
** Yao Ming carried China's flag in one hand and the hand of nine-year-old Lin Hao in the other. Lin was a child who'd saved the lives of two friends when the three of them were trapped in the Sichuan earthquake just a month before.
* In the happy tears category, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donghua_Li Donghua and Esperanza Li]]. Donghua was told that he would be forbidden from representing China in the Olympics if he married Esperanza: he gave up his gymnastics career in China for the woman he loved. He would later become a Swiss citizen and represent them in the Olympics.
* And in 2000, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-QivSECfj4&t=51m10s when North and South Korea walked in together under their "unification" flag, clasped hands held high.]]
* During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the German athletes asked a local man to carry their country's placard into the stadium. His name was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Halvorsen Gail Halvorsen]], the man who began dropping chocolate to children during the Berlin Airlift.
* Bela Karolyi carrying PluckyGirl Kerri Strug to the podium to accept her gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
* In the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, in the marathon, Tanzanian John Stephen Akhwari got injured and finished last. He in fact ran from Reforma Avenue until the Estadio Olímpico Universitario (i.e. a fuckload of distance), crossed the finish line and collapsed. He had this to say from his hospital bed the next day: "I don't think you understand. My country did not send me five thousand miles to start the race, they sent me five thousand miles to finish it".
** Another one: In the gymnastics field, Vera Caslavska won 4 gold medals and 2 silvers for Czechoslovakia and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dykBBhaoczg turned her head as the Soviet anthem played]] because of the Prague Spring. That same year she got married in Mexico's Metropolitan Cathedral and received the nickname of "La Novia de México" ("The Bride of Mexico").
* The singing of "God Save the Queen" and accompanying flag-raising at the Beijing Olympics.
** And then the later "God Save the Queen" anthem at the 2012 London Olympics with Queen Elizabeth in attendance.
* 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 Music/NeilYoung performed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iHilRqOLx8 "Long May You Run."]]
** Take That performing in London at all was a sizeable one for many Brits, given lead singer Gary Barlow lost his baby daughter only a few days previously. His voice cracking in the opening verse caused a lot of damp eyes.
** On that note, the IOC President's speech at the Closing Ceremonies: "And now, in accordance with tradition, I declare the Games of [insert year here] closed, and I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in [name of next host city]..." Partly sadness because the current games are ending, and partly heart-swelling hope for the next generation of Olympians.
* At the 2012 London Olympics, Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, a British lightweight rowing duo, narrowly missed out on gold, getting silver instead. After the race was over, they cried in front of the cameras and apologised for letting down their country.
** Paula Radcliffe's complete breakdown after the Athens 2004 marathon (she withdrew after 36k, due to a combination of a stomach upset and heat exhaustion - the latterly typically blamed on the race's start time of mid-afternoon to satisfy international TV demands; there's a reason these things are usually done early in the morning) was even worse.
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[[folder: Moscow 1980]]



* 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.
* 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]].
** Her withdrawal from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.

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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.
* 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
Shortly before the beginning of the Sochi 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom would have been the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.
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[[folder: Calgary 1988]]
* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US
and after she skated, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbUVLV49mas ended her performance in tears]].
** Her withdrawal
1987 World Champion Katarina With of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze.
** On the [[BittersweetEnding plus side]], she was the first African-American to earn a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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[[folder: Albertville 1992]]



* 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.
* 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.
* For the Rio Olympics 2016: [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/08/rio-olympics-2016-thai-weightlifter-sinphet-kruaithongs-grandmot/ Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong's grandmother dies celebrating his bronze medal lift.]]
* Also from the Rio games, the Williams sisters being eliminated in both the singles (Venus in the first round, Serena in the third) and doubles competition. Between their legendary joint and individual reputations and them being the defending gold medalists (along with victories in 2000 and 2008), the losses are simply staggering. Serena ''did'' win gold in the mixed doubles to compensate a bit.

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[[folder: Barcelona 1992]]
* 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.
* 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.
* For the Rio Olympics 2016:
[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/08/rio-olympics-2016-thai-weightlifter-sinphet-kruaithongs-grandmot/ Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong's grandmother dies celebrating his bronze medal lift.]]
* Also from
youtube.com/watch?v=BU3jfbb172E Derek Redmond]] is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Redmond#Athletics_career good story]] to start off with here. After running the Rio games, the Williams sisters being eliminated in both the singles (Venus best time in the first round, Serena round and winning his quarter-final at the Barcelona 1992 games, he made a good start in the third) semi-final only for his hamstring to snap 250 meters from the finish line. He hobbled to a stop, collapsed in pain, and doubles competition. Between their legendary joint then ''got up again'' and individual reputations began limping his way along the track in an effort to finish the race. His father Jim barged past security to help him through the last lap and them being across the defending gold medalists (along with victories in 2000 finish line, to a standing ovation from the crowd of 65,000 spectators... but since his father helped him finish, he was officially disqualified and 2008), considered a "Did Not Finish."
** More video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFKpZnok10s here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE here]].
*** Read
the losses are simply staggering. Serena ''did'' win gold in description of the mixed doubles to compensate a bit.second video for an additional tear jerker.



* South African swimmer Chad le Clos finding out just weeks before the Olympics that his father has prostate cancer and that his mother's breast cancer, which had gone into remission a few years earlier, has returned. Even though they are both currently in treatment and his mother had just undergone a double mastectomy, they still came to Rio to support their son in the games.
* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been a member of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being the only member of the team to not win an individual medal, and criticism of her supposed bad attitude. The first time Douglas appeared in 2012, all the internet could say was "what's wrong with her hair?"

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* South African swimmer Chad le Clos At the 1994 Olympic trials, an assailant hired by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding attacked Nancy Kerrigan. You can't help yourself but feel sorry for Nancy Kerrigan sobbing in pain.
* U.S. speedskater [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Jensen Dan Jensen]] was heavily favored in 1988's 500 and 1000 meter races, but after
finding out just weeks mere hours before the first race that his sister Jane had died of leukemia, he fell in both races in truly heartbreaking fashion. In 1992 he struck out again. However, in 1994, in the 1000-meter race, which was widely known to be his final shot at Olympic gold, he did better. He set a world record, dedicated the win to his departed sister, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYRH5jnQBo skated a victory lap holding his baby daughter]], who, in a final burst of tearjerker, was named Jane.
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[[folder: Atlanta 1996]]
* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the cauldron 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.
* After being yanked from the 1992 All-Around competition with a non-existent knee injury because teammate Tatiana Gutsu was believed to have a better chance at a medal [[note]] and indeed, she won the gold medal [[/note]], Russian gymnast Rozalia Galiyeva finally had her chance at Olympic glory. . .and faltered, winning nothing more than a disappointing team silver.
* In the "happy tears" department, Bela Karolyi carrying PluckyGirl Kerri Strug to the podium to accept her gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
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* And in 2000, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-QivSECfj4&t=51m10s when North and South Korea walked in together under their "unification" flag, clasped hands held high.]]
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[[folder: Salt Lake City 2002]]
* During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the German athletes asked a local man to carry their country's placard into the stadium. His name was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Halvorsen Gail Halvorsen]], the man who began dropping chocolate to children during the Berlin Airlift.
* 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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[[folder: Athens 2004]]
* During the 2004 Olympic Games opening parade, when the country of Iraq was announced. The cheers that went up across the stadium easily trebled any that had come for the previous countries.
* Paula Radcliffe's complete breakdown after the Athens 2004 marathon (she withdrew after 36k, due to a combination of a stomach upset and heat exhaustion - the latterly typically blamed on the race's start time of mid-afternoon to satisfy international TV demands; there's a reason these things are usually done early in the morning) was even worse. She's one of the finest distance runners in history, but in four Olympics, never earned a medal of any color.
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[[folder: Turin 2006]]
* Michelle Jean's withdrawal from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.
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[[folder: Beijing 2008]]
* Ditto for the 2008 Olympics, when they started singing "We're One World." Retroactively saddening that the athletes from Russia and Georgia walked in the opening ceremony side-by-side, only hours after their countries went to war.
** Yao Ming carried China's flag in one hand and the hand of nine-year-old Lin Hao in the other. Lin was a child who'd saved the lives of two friends when the three of them were trapped in the Sichuan earthquake just a month before.
* In the happy tears category, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donghua_Li Donghua and Esperanza Li]]. Donghua was told that he would be forbidden from representing China in
the Olympics that if he married Esperanza: he gave up his father has prostate cancer gymnastics career in China for the woman he loved. He would later become a Swiss citizen and that his represent them in the Olympics.
* The singing of "God Save the Queen" and accompanying flag-raising at the Beijing Olympics.
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[[folder: Vancouver 2010]]
* At the Vancouver 2010 games, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodar_Kumaritashvili Nodar Kumaritashvili]], a Georgian luge athlete, died in a practice run mere ''hours'' before the opening ceremonies. The Georgian team marched in with black scarves, and the Georgian flag sported a black band on top for the duration of the games. Quite a few of the other teams (at least those at the beginning of the Parade of Nations) put a band of black tape on their arms in honor of Nodar. The other Georgian luger, who also grew up with Nodar, tried to get back in practice the next day but ultimately couldn't go on and dropped out of the games.
* Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette's mother died two days before she could watch her daughter skate for the short-program. After [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome winning]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the bronze medal]], she placed her medal on her
mother's breast cancer, which had gone into remission casket for a time.
** See especially her expression when the thunderous applause starts at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQYoyKBR9bM her performance]], when you realize that, from her point of view, it's a great big "you did wonderful, we are so sorry for what happened to you, and we love you" from the whole of the country.
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[[folder: London 2012]]
* Emeli Sande's song [[http://youtu.be/FsVIzK1VLdo during the closing Ceremony of 2012]] may belong in Music, but the whole damn thing was so moving, it deserves to be here too, especially when you consider how much the Olympics, in spite of innately being a competition, brings people together:
-->''Yeah we're all [[HumansAreGood wonderful, wonderful people]], so when did we all get so [[FearIsTheAppropriateResponse fearful]]?''
-->''Now we're finally finding our voices [[ThisIsNoTimeToPanic so take a chance]], come [[RousseauWasRight help me sing this]].''
* The "God Save the Queen" anthem at the 2012 London Olympics with Queen Elizabeth in attendance.
* Take That performing in London at all was a sizeable one for many Brits, given lead singer Gary Barlow lost his baby daughter only
a few years earlier, has returned. Even though they are both currently in treatment and his mother had just undergone a double mastectomy, they still came to Rio to support their son days previously. His voice cracking in the games.
* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been
opening verse caused a member lot of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being damp eyes.
* At
the only member 2012 London Olympics, Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase, a British lightweight rowing duo, narrowly missed out on gold, getting silver instead. After the race was over, they cried in front of the team to not win an individual medal, cameras and criticism of her supposed bad attitude. The first time Douglas apologised for letting down their country.
* In London 2012's women's épée semi-final, Shin A-lam
appeared in 2012, all the internet could say was "what's wrong 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 hair?" 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.



* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' Olympic Spirit.

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[[folder: Rio de Janeiro 2016]]
* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends 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 moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' 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 Spirit.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.
* For the Rio Olympics 2016: [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/08/rio-olympics-2016-thai-weightlifter-sinphet-kruaithongs-grandmot/ Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong's grandmother dies celebrating his bronze medal lift.]]
* Also from the Rio games, the Williams sisters being eliminated in both the singles (Venus in the first round, Serena in the third) and doubles competition. Between their legendary joint and individual reputations and them being the defending gold medalists (along with victories in 2000 and 2008), the losses are simply staggering. Serena ''did'' win gold in the mixed doubles to compensate a bit.
* South African swimmer Chad le Clos finding out just weeks before the Olympics that his father has prostate cancer and that his mother's breast cancer, which had gone into remission a few years earlier, has returned. Even though they are both currently in treatment and his mother had just undergone a double mastectomy, they still came to Rio to support their son in the games.
* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been a member of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being the only member of the team to not win an individual medal, and criticism of her supposed bad attitude. The first time Douglas appeared in 2012, all the internet could say was "what's wrong with her hair?"



* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.
** Related to that, his final competition, the 2017 World Championships in London, were a sorely disappointing end to his magnificent career--finishing third in the 100m dash (the first time in a ''decade'' he has not won that race), and collapsing with a pulled hamstring in the 4*100m relay (once again, the first time in eons Jamaica has not won that race). One sincerely hopes he will be remembered for his Olympic victories and not these losses.
* At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the German team for the women's 4 x 100 metres relay won the heats by nearly a second, and were all set to win the final, building up a lead that even America's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Stephens Helen Stephens]] probably couldn't have beat. And then the team's anchor (last runner), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Dörffeldt Ilse Dörffeldt]], dropped the baton right after the last hand-over, resulting in instant disqualification. [[https://youtu.be/a461M699YLE?t=415 Watch it here.]]
** "The girls proved they were genuine women by bursting into tears on the field."
** Even sadder is that this was a result of DamnYouMuscleMemory; Ilse dropped the baton trying to transfer it to her other hand, which she didn't have to do because she was the anchor, but was used to doing because she was normally in one of the middle legs.
--->"Her mouth wide open in shock, Doerffeldt held up her arms in the position of someone who was surrendering. ... As she turned round to look, the other runners, led by Helen Stephens, stormed past her. For a moment, Doerffeldt looked like a little girl stuck in the middle of a busy street, cars and lorries mercilessly shooting past her." From ''Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream''
* Those utterly depressing "Abandoned Olympic Venues" slideshows that get put out as every new set of Games approaches. And yes, as of 2017, the Rio venues have been added to that list. Especially bad considering that the Athletes Villages at least could have been used for low income housing--this was specifically the intent after the Athens Games, but the whole project fell through.
* Spectacular as they are, the Games might be losing their luster--only two cities competed for the 2022 Games and 2024 Games--as more and more cities/countries realize [[PyrrhicVictory how expensive a venture they are and that the infrastructure built is likely to go to waste afterwards]].
** This is demonstrated by the fact that Paris and Los Angeles, the two competitors for the 2024 Games, have been awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games, respectively. This was specifically done out of concern that ''no one'' might be vying for the 2028 Games.
* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom would have been the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.
* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US and 1987 World Champion Katarina With of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze. On the [[BittersweetEnding plus side]], she was the first African-American to earn a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.
** Related to that, his final competition, the 2017 World Championships in London, were a sorely disappointing end to his magnificent career--finishing third in the 100m dash (the first time in a ''decade'' he has not won that race), and collapsing with a pulled hamstring in the 4*100m relay (once again, the first time in eons Jamaica has not won that race). One sincerely hopes he will be remembered for his Olympic victories and not these losses.
* At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the German team for the women's 4 x 100 metres relay won the heats by nearly a second, and were all set to win the final, building up a lead that even America's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Stephens Helen Stephens]] probably couldn't have beat. And then the team's anchor (last runner), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Dörffeldt Ilse Dörffeldt]], dropped the baton right after the last hand-over, resulting in instant disqualification. [[https://youtu.be/a461M699YLE?t=415 Watch it here.]]
** "The girls proved they were genuine women by bursting into tears on the field."
** Even sadder is that this was a result of DamnYouMuscleMemory; Ilse dropped the baton trying to transfer it to her other hand, which she didn't have to do because she was the anchor, but was used to doing because she was normally in one of the middle legs.
--->"Her mouth wide open in shock, Doerffeldt held up her arms in the position of someone who was surrendering. ... As she turned round to look, the other runners, led by Helen Stephens, stormed past her. For a moment, Doerffeldt looked like a little girl stuck in the middle of a busy street, cars and lorries mercilessly shooting past her." From ''Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream''
* Those utterly depressing "Abandoned Olympic Venues" slideshows that get put out as every new set of Games approaches. And yes, as of 2017, the Rio venues have been added to that list. Especially bad considering that the Athletes Villages at least could have been used for low income housing--this was specifically the intent after the Athens Games, but the whole project fell through.
* Spectacular as they are, the Games might be losing their luster--only two cities competed for the 2022 Games and 2024 Games--as more and more cities/countries realize [[PyrrhicVictory how expensive a venture they are and that the infrastructure built is likely to go to waste afterwards]].
** This is demonstrated by the fact that Paris and Los Angeles, the two competitors for the 2024 Games, have been awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games, respectively. This was specifically done out of concern that ''no one'' might be vying for the 2028 Games.
* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom would have been the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.
* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US and 1987 World Champion Katarina With of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze. On the [[BittersweetEnding plus side]], she was the first African-American to earn a medal at the Winter Olympics.
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* Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova had high hopes of winning the all around gold after qualifying first at the 2012 London Olympics. In the finals, she stumbled on her vault landing but later delivered an incredible floor routine. When it was revealed that Gabby Douglas had beat her by a tiny margin, she burst into tears. To make it worse, the same thing had happened to her at 2011 Worlds: she qualified first and was the favorite to win, but Jordyn Wieber beat her by just 33 thousandths of a point.
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* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom who'd have the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.

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* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom who'd would have been the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.
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* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom who'd have the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.

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* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom who'd have the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.lingered.
* Calgary 1988. The much-touted "Battle Of The Carmens" between 1986 World Champion Debi Thomas of the US and 1987 World Champion Katarina With of then-East Germany (as indicated, both women were skating to music from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''), fizzled when Thomas succumbed to nerves, skated poorly, and went from gold-medal contender to just barely earning the bronze. On the [[BittersweetEnding plus side]], she was the first African-American to earn a medal at the Winter Olympics.
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** Related to that, his final competition, the 2017 World Championships in London, were a sorely disappointing end to his magnificent career--finishing third in the 100m dash (the first time in a ''decade'' he has not won that race), and collapsing with a pulled hamstring in the 4*100m relay (once again, the first time in eons Jamaica has not won that race). One sincerely hopes he will be remembered for his Olympic victories and not these losses.



** This is demonstrated by the fact that Paris and Los Angeles, the two competitors for the 2024 Games, have been awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games, respectively. This was specifically done out of concern that ''no one'' might be vying for the 2028 Games.

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** This is demonstrated by the fact that Paris and Los Angeles, the two competitors for the 2024 Games, have been awarded the 2024 and 2028 Games, respectively. This was specifically done out of concern that ''no one'' might be vying for the 2028 Games.Games.
* Shortly before the beginning of the 2014 Games, there was a profile of the athletes who had not gotten to attend the 1980 Moscow Games because of the boycott, one of whom who'd have the first African-American gymnast on Team USA. Despite all the time that had passed, it was evident that their disappointment still lingered.
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