Most Memorable Olympic Moments in History

10. Derek Redmond Completes 400m – Barcelona, 1992

At the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, the crowd watched in horror as track star Derek Redmond tore his hamstring in a painfully public accident about 150 meters into the 400-meter race. He initially fell to the ground but got up before medics could make it over to him and decided to finish the race. His father jumped over several barricades and helped him walk the 250 meters to the finish line, letting him go just before he got to the end, so he could finish the race himself.

11. Joannie Rochette’s Bronze Medal – Vancouver, 2010

Another amazing example of Olympic spirit shining through tragedy is Joannie Rochette, a Canadian figure skater who lost her mother to a sudden heart attack a few days before she was scheduled to perform her short program at the Winter Games in 2010. Rochette decided to continue competing, and ended up scoring a new personal best, which vaulted her to the medal podium with a bronze. Her strength was honored when she was chosen to carry the Canadian flag for the Closing Ceremonies.

12. First Jamaican Bobsleigh Team – Calgary, 1988

It’s not every day that a team representing a tropical island nation qualifies to compete in bobsleigh. Although they didn’t even come close to reaching the medal podium, the Jamaican bobsleigh team exemplified the grit and determination which makes the Olympics so inspiring. Trained by an American coach, the Jamaican underdogs had to borrow gear, including sleds, from other teams in order to compete.


Their story inspired the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

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