With the Olympics scheduled July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo, I’m reminded of memorable moments from past games.
Many images come to mind. At 66, I can recall watching some magic moments happen on television.
There was swimmer Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There was gymnast Kerri Strug overcoming the pain from the ankle she injured on her first vault attempt at the 1996 games. She struck the landing on her second attempt, helping the U.S. women win their first-ever team gold medal. The U.S. women beat out Russia for the first time in Olympic history.
There was Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila running the marathon barefoot and winning in Rome in 1960. There was the U.S. men’s hockey team upsetting the Soviet powerhouse, 4-3 in the semifinals and going on to beat Finland for the gold medal in 1980. It was the miracle on ice.
Before my time, African American track athlete Jesse Owens took home four gold medals and set three world records at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. This eclipsed Adolf Hitler’s plans to turn the games into a showcase for his Nazi regime.