Three Inspirational Olympic Moments

Posted: July 23, 2012 by alexkaminetzky in Announcement

With the Summer Olympics around the corner everyone is excited to see how our beloved American athletes will perform. Our eyes will be glued to the television screen as the basketball team looks to defend its title.  We also have Michael Phelps looking to show the world that he’s still the best.  While some of the greatest moments in sports come from winning, others come from pure compassion and perseverance. Here are three videos of some of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history. Who knows, maybe we’ll be adding to this list in a few months?

In the 1992 Olympics, Derek Redmond was expected to win the 400m sprint. But, 150m into the final race, he felt a tear in his right hamstring, and fell helplessly to the ground. However, he continued to walk, determined to finish the race. Then, a man eluded security and ran over to Derek’s side. It was his father. His father helped him limp the remainder of the race, as Derek broke out in tears, overwhelmed with emotion. When he crossed the finish line, the entire stadium stood on their feet and applauded him for his effort.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps was on a quest to capture his record setting 8 gold medals. In his way stood the favored 4x100m freestyle French team just one lane away in the final race. With 50m left in the final stretch of the swim, it looked like the French were pulling away and had secured the victory, ending Phelps’ hopes of setting the gold medal record. However, out of nowhere, Jason Lezak of the U.S. team broke out with one of the best last legs of his life and came back to barely nudge out the French swimmer Bernard. As expected, hysteria ensued and Phelps went on to win his 8 gold medals.

U.S. sprinter Lopez Lomong has one of the most inspirational stories that you will ever hear, one that truly embodies the American dream. Captured from his home at a young age by the rebel army in Sudan, Lopez was able to flee and spent the following ten years of his life in a refugee camp in Kenya. After ten years, a family in the U.S. welcomed Lopez into their home and allowed him to jump-start his track career. After achieving great success, Lopez qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, and for his amazing perseverance, the team nominated him to be the nation’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony in Beijing. Look for Lopez this summer as he looks to make his country proud in London.


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