Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Moments

Are watching the Olympics? I certainly am. I used clear my calendar for the entire 17 days so I wouldn't miss a single swimming race, soccer game, or gymnastics event, but now, thanks to the wonder of DVR, I only have to clear my schedule from 8pm until 11pm every night. During those three hours you'll find me in front of the television, catching up on my favorite sports and athletes and familiarizing myself with those that interest me but are never shown during regular waking hours (archery, synchronized swimming, and rowing).

In honor of the 2012 Olympics, here are a few of my favorite and most memorable Olympic moments:

My all-time favorite Olympic moment is the US Men's Hockey Team gold medal victory at the Lake Placid Games in 1980. (Have you seen the movie "Miracle"? If not, pull up Netflix on your computer or drive right on over to Blockbuster to rent it - I promise you won't be disappointed.)

I remember sitting on the edge of my parents' coffee table - not even four feet from the television screen - and holding my breath as Kerri Strug charged toward her gold medal and vaulted herself into Olympic history during the 1996 Atlanta Games.

And I could barely contain my tears when, during the 400 meter semi-finals at 1992 Games in Barcelona, an injured Derek Redmond was helped across the finish line by his father.

How about you? What are your favorite and/or most memorable Olympic moments?

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