Another 2010 Olympics thing for Canada: Men's Curling gold medal final. Near the end of the game, the Canadian had to make the perfect shot and they would finally beat Norway. In 2002, Canada lost due to a bad shot by one player, and that guy was put on the 2010 team. In the 2010 Gold medal final, just before he was about to take the winning shot, THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE STANDS UP, SINGS THE CANADIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM AND CHEERS. He made the perfect shot and WON GOLD!
China's figure skating coach Yao Bin was considered one of the first pioneer Chinese skaters. But during the 1980 World Championships, he and his partner came last in the event, having only pictures to study from and learn moves from. They were ridiculed and laughed at for years. Guess what? Now he is the coach of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the first Chinese pair skaters to win a medal in the Olympics, three-time World Champions, six-time Grand Pix Final champions and as of Vancouver 2010, the first Chinese skaters to win gold in any figure skating category. The joy and pride in his face as he watched his former students finally getting the Olympic gold after all these years was just that sweet.
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 competetion and won bronze, against Kim Yuna, Mao Asada and Mikki Ando. To make it worse, earlier she was struggling through practice and eventually left the rink as "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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Summer Olympics: 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.
And for the first time women from Saudi Arabia get to compete in the Olympics, making this the first time women from all competing countries partake in the Olympics.
In one women's velodrome event, a young girl from Hong Kong won the bronze medal. But from her reaction, she might as well have won the gold; she was absolutely ecstatic.
After winning the 2012 100m Usain Bolt was being interviewed by the BBC 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.
During the Paralympics, Bolt tweeted that it's these games which are truly inspirational.
Canadian triathlete Simon Whitfield fell and took out Costarican Triathlete Leonardo Chacon. After the race, Chacon posted a message on Whitfield's Facebook wall, expressing his admiration for Whitfield, and invited Whitfield to Costa Rica.
One in the Closing Ceremony: the tribute to John Lennon. Beautifully done.
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.
While the whole opening ceremony was basically a love letter to Great Britain, during the brief pause in the Pandemonium segment featuring tributes to the soldiers of World Wars I and II, the whole public audience stood as a sign of respect.
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 South Africa were allowed to participate in after being banned from competition by the IOC for nearly 30 years because of 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 Winter Olympics, he was invited to hold the title place card for the German athletes as they entered the stadium.
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.
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 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 Group Hug, all putting their arms around their neighbours, united as one man and emotionally supporting each other. Have a look here. Many ice-hockey teams started doing the same later at key moments of important matches. Both teams were strong but Canada was favoured. Darkhorse Victory made it all the more heartwarming.
Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney met in the gym at age 5 and spent the next ten years training and competing together. At age nine, Kyla whispered to her best friend McKayla, "Let's work really hard so we can go to the Olympics!" In 2012, the Olympic gold-medal-winning US Women's Gymnastics Team included Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman — and Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney. They were holding hands when Raisman's final score went up and their win was official, and the first thing they did was, of course, hold on to each other for dear life while jumping up and down.