Top 5 Most Memorable U.S. Olympic Moments
The 2020 Olympic Games are currently underway! It is a great time to come together as a planet and watch athletes from all over the world compete for medals. After the year and a half we have had, the Olympics brings some peace and happiness to those who may still be struggling. It gives us hope.
Through the years, there have been some very memorable moments at the Olympics- ones that will go down in history forever. We can only hope more of those memories will be made this year too.
So let’s relive some of the best moments of all time. Here are the top 5 most memorable Olympic moments from the summer and winter games.
Michael Phelps Breaking Mark Spitz’s Record
The Greatest of All Time, Michael Phelps had the world on the edge of their seats in 2008. After competing in two Olympics, Phelps broke multiple records and was on his way to break another one. Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in one Olympic game, at the 1972 games. No one had even come close to him until 36 years later. Competing in 19 races, Phelps was on his way to greatness. He had not only tied his record, but broke it, winning 8 gold medals in one game and becoming the G.O.A.T. Since then, Phelps has become the inspiration for many swimmers hoping to compete in the Olympics.
Mary Lou Retton Secures Gold For The U.S.A.
Mary Lou Retton became the first American- male or female- to win a gold medal in gymnastics. In 1984, she was just 16 at the Los Angeles games and had very minimal experience competing internationally. She received perfect 10s for her stunning performance on the vault and secured the gold medal win. Retton went on to win two silver and two bronze medals in the same games. This was her first and last Olympics.
Kerri Strug Gets Injured And Still Wins
Kerri Strug was the most talked about member of the ‘Magnificent Seven.’ At the 1996 Atlanta games, Strug gave the United States their first ever Team Gold medal in Women’s Gymnastics. She injured her ankle on her first vault attempt, but managed to stick the landing on her second one, which required a handspring and twisting dismount. Thanks to her heroic actions, the U.S. beat Russia for the first time in Olympic history. It goes down as one of the most memorable moments of all time.
Miracle On Ice
No one really expected the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team to win anything, but they did believe they would go out there and play their hearts out. The entire team was made up of amateur and collegiate players and their grit and commitment led the U.S. team to beat the Soviet Union in a 4 to 3 semi final win. They went on to beat Finland and win the gold. A movie was made about what that team did in Lake Placid, NY and will forever be remembered.
Shaun White Perfects the Double McTwist 1260
Shaun White was already the one to beat at the 2010 Olympic games. It wasn’t a shock that he had decided to compete in the Vancouver Halfpipe finals, but what was a shock was the trick he pulled off- the world’s first Double McTwist 1260, which White dubbed the Tomahawk. It is the most difficult trick in snowboarding history and highlighted how far the sport had come. He went on to win gold.