On Friday, we’ll talk about the top 10 greatest moments in Olympic history. What are your favorite Olympic memories?
Here’s what The Daily Circuit staff has to say:
2nd half of Janet Evans race. The ’88 Olympics were the first Olympics I remember tuning into, partly because I was excited they were in Seoul! Janet Evans was one of the darlings of that Olympiad. Catch her win the 800 free gold medal:
I was living in Seoul during the 1988 Olympics, and although I was just a baby, my parents took me to many of the events. They still talk about Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 200m final race as one of the most amazing things that happened that year:
I don’t remember this moment, but when I heard about it – and then watched it online – it stuck with me and will never leave me. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Derek Redmond tore his hamstring during a 400-meter sprint semi-final. In obvious agony, he refused to quit, and started to limp the rest of the race. His father rushed down from the stands and physically and emotionally supported his son as he fought to continue the race. The elder Redmond let go of his son when they neared the finish line, allowing Derek to finish the race on his own as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. No matter how many times I watch it, tears spring to my eyes.
I have a vague memory of my sister – when we were very young – running across the living room and posing as if she’d just done a gymnastics routine, a al Mary Lou Retton. It was the summer of 1984, and Mary Lou was becoming America’s sweetheart – and my sister was on board! She spent the next few weeks doing gymnastics poses.
In 1984 my brother and I went to the Los Angeles Olympics and saw two days of track and field events. We got to see the great British Decathlete Daley Thompson win gold, and witnessed one of Carl Lewis’s gold medal runs. But one of the moments that sticks out to me from those games, which I did not get to see in person, was the Women’s 1500 meter run, when American runner Mary Decker fell after getting tangled up with South African runner Zola Budd. The photo of Decker on the ground, crying from pain and the loss of her Olympic dream, has always been for me the image that captures all the sacrifice that goes into being an Olympic athlete.
I was scarred by the 1976 OIympics. My mother insisted on giving me a “Dorothy Hamill” haircut. I would post a video of her performing with her famous “wedge” cut hair but I would probably have to return to therapy if I saw that hairdo.
Here’s a happier memory: I took up speedskating because of Eric Heiden:
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