This summer, the Summer Olympics move to London. There is a long debate of which Olympics are better. I won’t get into that now but I do want to focus on the awesomeness of the summer Olympics. There are so many amazing events in the these Olympics. From swimming to gymnastics to track and field to soccer; the summer Olympics has a little bit for everyone. I am a little tacky and mushy when it comes to stuff like this but I become so patriotic when the Olympics come around. I become the biggest USA fan ever and just die for those amazing breath taking moments. My dear friend Daniel Baran pointed out how many exciting events and story lines there were this summer. Here are some of my personal favorite USA Summer Olympic moments ever.
Mark Spitz Sets the Record
The 1972 Munich games were witness to one of the most amazing feats ever. American swimmer Mark Spitz became the greatest Olympian at the time by winning a shocking 7 gold medals in the field of swimming. Check out some of the video below.
Jesse Owens Shocks the Germans
In 1936, any American would have loved to stick it to Hitler Y”S and the Germans. Track and Field star Jesse Owens did just that as he won 4 gold medals in the Berlin games.
*Disclaimer footage may not be appropriate for all people*
Mary Lou Retton Nails It
In 1984, MLR became the first American to win the gold in the women’s all-around competition and became the symbol for the success of the program. Her gold at the 1984 Los Angeles games is one of the most iconic moments ever.
Greg Louganis Heads Towards Gold
One of the most iconic sports images ever occurred at the 1988 games. Diving champion Greg Louganis amazingly doesn’t suffer any major injuries after hitting his head on the diving board early in the Seoul games. Louganis went on to capture the gold in the springboard and thus closed one of the most amazing sequence of events in summer Olympic in history.
The Dream Team
The 1992 Barcelona games are known for a few things, perhaps none greater than the USA Men’s Basketball Dream team. With the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the greatest team ever seen simply destroyed the rest of the world’s talents in ways never before seen and never to be duplicated.
Check out some of the top plays.
Kerri Strug Struggles For Gold
Arguably the most heroic moment in Olympic history, gymnast Kerri Strug pulled off the impossible. Strug won the gold medal for the US team on a sprained ankle. You see the pain as she wins the medal. What an iconic moment. Watch this clip and tell me you don’t get chills.
The Fastest Man in the World
In 1996, the fastest man in the world wasn’t Usain Bolt, it was US sprinter Michael Johnson. The other “MJ” broke world records, grabbing his second gold of the Atlanta games with a record time of 19.32 in the 200m.
Gardner Goes to Work
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, American Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner defeats "The General" at the Sydney Olympics, what some call the biggest upset in wrestling history.
In 2008, Beijing was witness to one of the most amazing athletic performances ever. Michael Phelps topped Mark Spitz’s record with 8 gold medals in one games and 14 overall make him the greatest Olympian ever. Who can forget that exciting relay I which the Americans beat the Australians with an amazing last lap comeback.