Football Moments That No One Expected #2




Olympic Facts – Women’s Basketball Olympic Tournament

A miracle occurred at Atlanta 1996! Despite suffering a bloody civil war, where over four million people were slaughtered (and thousands of girls were raped), incredibly the African republic of Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo /D.R.C) qualified as one of the 12 best teams of the world in the Games of the 26th Olympiad in the States, giving an example to several countries in the Third World, from Peru and the Philippines to India and Brunei Darussalam. Without a doubt, it was the “most memorable moment in Zaire’s sporting history.” After receiving support from Dikembe Mutumbo, a Congolese-born American star player, the African team went to Atlanta. From an Olympian perspective, Zaire’s team should be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Who Are The Most Famous Olympic Athletes in the History of the United States of America?

Considered as the “Most Outstanding Athlete of the 21st Century”, Michael Phelps has won 14 more gold medals than the combined total of ten countries around the globe: India (a country with a billion inhabitants and which made its Olympic debut in 1900), Iceland, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Luxembourg, Moldova, Sudan, Brunei Darussalam, and the Socialist republic of Vietnam. By 2004, Phelps captured six golds at the Athens Games. In the next Games, he picked a total of 8 Olympic gold medals. He was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore (Maryland).

London 2012 Olympics: America’s Edwin Moses, the Greatest Hurdler of All Time

Despite his retirement from track and field, he is still inspiring American people. His name: Edwin Corley Moses, former hurdler and a longtime campaigner for the rights of athletes. Widely regarded as the greatest hurdler of all time, Moses won 122 consecutive races from 1977 through 1987 (exactly nine years, nine months and nine days!), an incredible record in sporting history. Besides being the “best hurdler of the Planet” for nine years running, he set four worldwide records and captured eight global titles, including two Olympian crowns (Montreal ’76 & L.A. ’84). He probably would have won more medals if the United States hadn’t boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.

London 2012 Olympics: Mary Lou Retton, America’s Greatest Gymnast of All Time

The American state of West Virginia has been blessed with a great natural beauty —it can be called America’s land of mountains— but also with extraordinary individuals such as Pearl S. Buck —a sinophile who received the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in the late 1930s, becoming one of the first women on Earth to win that distinction— and Mary Lou Retton, widely regarded as one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, alongside Nadia Comaneci of Romania and Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union -what is now the Russian Federation. Miss Retton lost the 1983 World Cup in Hungary but succeeded in becoming an Olympic champ in 1984. Over an athletic career that spanned four years, from 1982 through 1985, she won more than ten international and national championships.

Are We Safe During the London Olympics?

From July 27 to August 12, the 2012 Summer Olympics will take place in London, England, making London the first city ever to host the Games three times. It’s certainly an honour for the city – but what does it mean for the Londoners? With so many people coming to the city, we have to ask, “Will we be safe during the London Olympics?

The United States of America at the Summer Olympics: From 1896 to 2012!

Alabama-born Jesse Owens captured America’s attention by earning four world titles in Berlin— 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay, as well as the long jump. As a result of this, the United States sprinter was one of the globe’s most high-profile athletes in the 20th Century. This man is of great historical significance for America. Why? His big performance came at a time when there were fewer black athletes in the global sports arena, breaking down the barriers of prejudices, and occurred with the political backdrop of Germany’s Nazi regime. During Owens’ days as sprinter and long jumper, he became a symbol of the struggle against racism.

Inspirational Athletes – The Olympics

The Olympics are a platform for athletes to shine, and to inspire people around the World. Audiences marvel at how a singular person, whether competing by themselves or as a team, can push themselves to their absolute limit to win, overcome others and themselves to bring a medal home for their Nation. These Olympians become beacons of inspiration, and are looked up to as role models by the young ones around us who think ‘Why can’t I do that?!’

2012 Olympic Intrigue

With the 2012 Olympic games barely 6 months away, it feels strange that for the first time in recent memory, there is no clear American face to the London games. The Winter Olympics have the charismatic “flying tomato” Shaun White leading the charge, but with the summer team it is a little bit different.

The History of the White Water Canoe Sprint

We take a look at how canoeing started as a sport and how it has developed from the Inuit People to become an Olympic discipline. The one name that is synonymous with canoes and kayaks is the Scottish barrister John MacGregor, he was the first European to use an Inuit Kayak for transportation. MacGregor was also the founder of the first kayak club, aptly named The Royal Club of London in 1866; this was established in London because of the interest and access to Europe.

The History of White Water Canoeing at the Olympics

White water canoeing has had an interesting past in the Olympic programme as it has been taken out a few times and then reinstated as a sport. Canoeing has been in the Olympics since 1932 when a form of canoeing, the canoe sprint was introduced to the Olympic programme. The canoe sprint has 12 medal events in the programme and includes a distances of 500m and 1000m, each of which are highly demanding and requires the utmost skill and endurance.

London 2012 Olympics: Edwin Vasquez Cam – The Greatest Peruvian Athlete of All Time!

Despite being known as a football-loving nation on the world stage, the republic of Peru, a Spanish-speaking country on the South American continent since the 1820s, has won the Olympian glory thanks to its international shooters, who have picked up a total of three medals in the Summer Games between 1948 and 1992. According to these results, unequivocally, the greatest Peruvian athlete is Edwin Vasquez Cam, an Olympic gold medalist.

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