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Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:51 am

I was at the 1984 Oympics in Los Angeles and saw a memorable 1,500m run with Great Britain's Sebastian Coe and Steve Cram winning the gold and silver medals respectively.

Seb Coe making a gesture at the British press moments after the race.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:06 am

Those were the days, when male athletes got to wear actual shorts.

Today, for some reason, our "running" attire is expected to be calf-length and baggier than an anorexic elephant.

What freedom and mobility that offers.

But that's not why you called. The 1984 Olympics were my favorite too!! I have such fond memories of me and my sis watching both the winter games from Sarajevo and the summer games from L.A. Both of those Olympiads were the first ones I was really old enough to know what they were about, and I was especially proud of the ones taking place on my home soil 

I have always loved language and when I was that age I scored foreign language dictionaries/phrasebooks whenever I could. I was very proud of my English-Portuguese book (maybe it's the first one I got; maybe it's the first I'd gotten with my "own" money, whatevz). Based on this book being in my posession I had determined that Portuguese things were totally awesome, and I was therefore beaming when the Portuguese runner Carlos Lopes won the marathon.

(Gad, I hope I'm remembering that right.)

Then of course there was Mary Lou Retton... meh.

And wasn't there some scandal with the chick marathon runner tying someone else's shoes together...

Wow am I slap-happy - good thing I've got 10 days off from work after tonight.
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:33 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
And wasn't there some scandal with the chick marathon runner tying someone else's shoes together...

Not sure, but there was the Mary Decker/Zola Budd incident during the 3,000m run.

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Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
and I was therefore beaming when the Portuguese runner Carlos Lopes won the marathon.

He ran a great race. He wasn't the favorite to win with notable runners such as Toshihiko Seko (JPN), Alberto Salazar (USA) and Rob de Castella (AUS) in the race. IIRC, he surge ahead early and pretty much ran by himself to the finish line.

[Edited 2012-07-14 22:35:10]
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:35 am

Another 1984'er here.. (I guess those must have been some good olympics !)

Mine from that year: The barefoot south african Zola Budd running for Great Britain and the ensuing slip up with US runner Mary Decker which caused Mary to fall, squashing her olympic dreams, I think she was favored to win at the time. Rhapsody in blue at the opening ceremonies too.

What a great Summer. I was living at my fathers house in Redondo Beach that summer from summer vacation at Uni in San Francisco, was also my first visit to Paris in July (Air France from JFK to CDG on a 747 200 in Le Club going / Econ coming back) where I stayed 2 weeks at the tender age of
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:58 pm

Most of my memorable Olympic moments have come from the Winter Games (being Canadian and all) but for the sake of this years Summer Games I'll stick to what stands out in my mind in Summer Games.

1996: Donovan Baily winning the 100m in WR time, and following it up with a win in the 4x100m with Canada.

and

2000: Simon Whitfield winning the first ever mens Triathalon gold medal
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:01 pm

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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:03 pm

Sir Steve winning gold no. 5 in 2000.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:07 pm

Wasn't there to witness it in person, but the Women's 20 km Race Walk at the Sydney 2000 Olympics (yes, I'm a sucker for the long distance stuff, especially racewalking), where Australian Jane Saville was leading the race - right up to the last judge's position before the finishing line, where she recieved her third red card and was disqualified (it was a cruel finish as well, given that the racewalkers had to go downhill from the racewalking course in order the enter the Olympic Stadium, which is damn difficult to do without 'lifting').

She completely broke down, and when asked if she needed anything, she requested a gun to shoot herself with.

http://www.rediff.com/sports/2004/jul/28oly-sav.htm

And the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGDoX8zzEiQ
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:16 pm

Right.........

1984 - Steve Redgrave
1988 - Steve Redgrave
1992 - Steve Redgrave
1996 - Steve Redgrave ("If anyone sees me anywhere near a boat again, they have my permission to shoot me")
2000 - Steve Redgrave

from http://www.steveredgrave.com/profile/career.html

"Gold for the Coxed Fours in Los Angeles in 1984, followed by Gold with his previous partner Andy Holmes in the Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988, Gold with partner Matthew Pinsent for the Coxless Pairs at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and of course, the famous win in the Coxless Fours at the Sydney Olympics"

IMO Sir Steve Redgrave is the greatest Olympian ever....run very close (pardon the pun) by my next nominee......

1936 - Jessie Owens (OK - I didn't see it but as a sport vs politics moment it was definitely game, set and match to sport)

....and for sheer total joy of sport, I give you........

2008 - Usain Bolt - the sprint double......magic!

Back for more later.............
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:48 pm

Also worth mentioning. Back when I used to be one of those gawd damn liberals out there in San Francisco, I was with the protesters protesting something in China....
I really didn't care one way or the other. I was just there to meat chicks.

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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:10 pm

My moments:

1980 USA hockey team
Dorothy Hamill-1976 Figure skater.Yeah,I had a crush on her big time.
Olga Korbut-1972
Michael Phelps-swimming



Infamy:

The horrible call in the 1972 US-Soviet Union basketball game.
The black gloves fists salute in 1968 Mexico
And of course,1972 Munich massacre.
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:58 pm

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
Dorothy Hamill-1976 Figure skater.Yeah,I had a crush on her big time.

Lay off her, she's mine! OTOH, I had the hots for Peggy Fleming as well.

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
Olga Korbut-1972

Nadia for me....

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
The black gloves fists salute in 1968 Mexico

I respectfully disagree.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos
Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
Back when I used to be one of those gawd damn liberals out there in San Francisco,

I missed that dude...  
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:46 pm

In the 80s olympics when the US beat Russia in hockey was the last time I gave a @#$% about the olys. Now it's just a bunch of .....never mind.
 
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:47 pm

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
The black gloves fists salute in 1968 Mexico

The aftermath certainly was infamous. Peter Norman, the white guy, was basically frozen out by the Australian authorities afterwards, his crime being suggesting they wear a glove each, as well as wearing a human rights pin. He was ignored for the 1972 Olympics despite meeting the qualifying time, and wasn't even brought along to the 2000 Olympics, until the US Olympic team invited him as their guest.
 
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:21 am

It has always been taken for granted until recent as a black power salute.Now,here in the US,suddenly it is now know as a human rights salute.

http://youtu.be/uqhv1g0sIpY
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:40 am

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 13):
The aftermath certainly was infamous. Peter Norman, the white guy, was basically frozen out by the Australian authorities afterwards, his crime being suggesting they wear a glove each, as well as wearing a human rights pin.

Is there a decent article out there about what happened to this guy? Seems like it has potential of beingan incredibly interesting story. A new angle to a famous photograh.
 
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:02 am

Pallbearers Tommie Smith and John Carlos at Peter Norman's funeral.

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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:30 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):
Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
Dorothy Hamill-1976 Figure skater.Yeah,I had a crush on her big time.

Lay off her, she's mine! OTOH, I had the hots for Peggy Fleming as well.



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She was a special guest in the Brian Boitano-Barry Manilow skating extravaganza at AT&T Park in San Francisco on December 5, 2007.

Peggy Fleming was injured in a traffic accident in Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade in Vancouver, BC in 2010.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):
I missed that dude...



I'm still the same. Just better informed.  
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:52 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 2):
He wasn't the favorite to win with notable runners such as Toshihiko Seko (JPN), Alberto Salazar (USA) and Rob de Castella (AUS) in the race.

Not to mention he was 37 and had been ran over by a car while practicing just a month before the race.

My most memorable moment is slightly different... I remember the representative from Equatorial Guinea (I think) to the 2000 (I think) Summer Olympics. The only problem was, his competition was swimming and he didn't actually know how to swim... seems like he almost drowned during his short swim. The funny thing is, he almost fell down from the stand before the start, which caused the two other people on his heat (who presumably did at least know how to swim) to do a false start and be disqualified, so he actually won his heat.
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:59 am

Can I have a best moment even if I wasnt alive for it?

Anyway:
1976 mens modern pentathlon, my father won an olympic gold medal and I hope he realises how proud of him we (my family etc) are of him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_...6_Summer_Olympics#Team_competition

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Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:48 am

How about what Olympic gold medalist do after winning?
9 time gold medalist Carl Lewis recorded two albums and a few music videos.
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The video starts off really bad and then at about 2:00 onward, it just gets creepy with innuendos of granny-gashing leaving the viewer wondering what in the HELL did they just watch.   
Well here goes. Just thought I'd warn you.

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Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:42 pm

Frank Shorter winning the 1972 Marathon.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:47 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
9 time gold medalist Carl Lewis

Another drug cheat like Flo Jo and Armstrong who has never been punished.
 
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:51 pm

Quoting kiwirob (Reply 22):
Another drug cheat

Carl Lewis punished himself by making that video.
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:02 pm

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 2):

Not sure, but there was the Mary Decker/Zola Budd incident during the 3,000m run.

I'll never forget Mary Decker's reaction after she got back up off the grass.

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 10):
1980 USA hockey team

Although I was only a kid, that is probably the most memorable "Olympic" moment I can remember.

Some others:

1996 Kerri Strug sticking her vault on an injured ankle to win the team gold in gymnastics

1992 Dan O'Brien failing to clear the bar on all three attempts in the pole vault during the decathlon

1988 Greg Louganis hiting his head on the board during the diving competition, getting stitches and winning the gold the next day.
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:05 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 9):
meat chicks.

That wasn't a typo, was it?
No, knowing you, it definitely wasn't.  

I lived with an olympic athlete when I was in college for a year. Gabe Jennings. Awesome drummer, hippie extraordinaire, and a beautiful man. He ran on a relay or something.

My finest memory of him, though (other than streaking the incoming Freshmen...MAN he could run fast!) was when he ate a whole Habanero pepper on a dare. He spent the rest of the afternoon on a sofa in the back yard with his whole face bright red and swollen, moaning and miserable with his girlfriend at his side holding his hand.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:46 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 25):
That wasn't a typo, was it?



Ooops! 
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 25):
No, knowing you, it definitely wasn't.


Cum to think of it, I did meat a girl there that I hooked up with a week later.



As a matter of fact, one of the highlights related to the 2008 Olympics was seeing this elderly Chinese lady go off on these mis-informed Communist supporters from Berkeley. This old lady once lived in Communist China and was rightfully offended by these little brats support for Communism.
This was on the Olympic torch run that was redirected so I guess you can say this was an Olympic related event.

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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:19 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
Cum to think of it, I did meat a girl there that I hooked up with a week later.

So you didn't "meat" her there. You "meated" her later.  
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:04 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 18):
Not to mention he was 37 and had been ran over by a car while practicing just a month before the race.

Carlos Lopes was great runner, he finished second to Lasse Virén in the 10,000m in Montreal. I believe he was relatively new to the marathon in LA. He also set the world's best marathon time in 1985. BTW, he has one of the thickest torso for a little guy I've ever seen.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
Just better informed.

Must be a typo, you mean misinformed.    
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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:20 am

Who can forget "Eric the eel" in Sydney?

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RE: Your Olympic Moments...

Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:46 am

Mexico City Summer Olympics 1968. Colette Besson went from literally unknown to Olympic Champion.
She was definitely an inspiration for me.

Prior to the 1968 Olympics, Besson, a virtual unknown working as a physical education teacher, qualified for the 400 m event. In the final, Britain's Lillian Board - the favourite for the gold - was way ahead of the rest of the field with just 100 m to go. With an amazing last sprint, Besson then moved up from fifth place to beat Board on the finish line by a tenth of a second. Her winning time of 52.03 seconds was 1.8 seconds better than her personal best.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colette_Besson

RIP Colette Besson - one of my young years heros

     

In a different register, South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstrock became Princess of Monaco by her marriage to Prince Albert of Monaco on 1 July 2011.

Charlene was a member of the South African women's 4×100 m medley team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. From Olympic competitor to the status of Princess by marrying a very wealthy Royal.

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