Monday, July 30th, 2012...4:56 pm
BTM’s Top 5 All-Time Summer Olympic Moments
With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kicking off in London today, BeTrendMe thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of our all time favorite Olympic moments! Read on below to check out some of the best Olympic memories.
First up on the list is Canadian jockey Ian Millar. Ian is competing in his 10th Olympics this year in London! Millar is 65 years old and has now surpassed the previous record of an Austrian sailor who attended 9 Olympics. Millar will be competing with his horse Star Power in the show jumping ring and will hold the record for the most Olympics attended by any athlete!
You may not have heard the names Tommie Smith and John Carlos before, but you probably recognize the iconic image of them raising their fists in the air on the podium during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Tommie and John placed in gold and bronze respectively in the mens 200 meter race and when they went up to the podium to receive their medals, each of them raised a black glove-clad hand in a Black Power Salute. Afterwards, the athletes were banned from the U.S. team and Olympic village. The gesture was intended to show solidarity with the civil rights movement that was happening at the time.
BeTrenders probably remember the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing when Michael Phelps won a record-breaking 8 gold medals. Phelps competed in 8 different swimming events and won the gold in every one! He is the first athletes ever to win so many golds in one Olympics and he broke several world records with his speedy swimming times! Click here to watch Michael win his 8th gold medal and break the world record!
Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian gymnast who won 3 gold medals in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. At those very same games, Nadia became the first female gymnast to achieve a score of perfect 10 and she did it when she was only 14 years old! You can watch her perfect 10 performance here! Aside from her perfect 10 in Montreal, she also won another 2 gold medals in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Derek Redmond from Great Britain was favoured to win the gold medal in the mens 400 meter race at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Unfortunately, Derek tore his hamstring before finishing the race. Derek got up and started to finish the race on one foot. His dad ran from the stands, past security, to help his son finish the race. Click here to watch the heartwarming moment.