It’s that time again for Olympic glory. With the Winter and Summer Olympic Games on a two-year rotation opposite each other, it seems like we are never too far away from the most engaging international sports competition.
The athletes. The medals. The host country. Sports fans around the world attend or tune in to the Olympic Games for varying reasons but mostly for the pride of their country.
And over the past 20 years, we the spectators have witnessed some of the sporting world’s most unforgettable moments. Below are a few fond “thrill of victory” memories. Do you remember when…
Dan Jansen finally won the gold medal in 1994 after failing to do so in 3 previous trips to the Winter Olympics?
Or how about when Austrian skiier Hermann Maier, aka the “Hermanator” dominated in Nagano 1998, just days after a spectacular, seemingly death-defying crash?
Or what about Jimmy Shea’s accomplishment of being the third member of an American family to appear in a Winter Olympics and went on to be the first U.S. athlete ever to win the gold in men’s skeleton?
Just in case you’re wondering… yes, I do remember the Miracle on Ice (hope you enjoyed the video above), as well as the Jamaican bobsled team’s inauguarl entry into the Olympic bobsledding competition but I did state “moments of the past 20 years.” Hard to believe those significant Olympic events happened well over 25 years ago!
Not all memories are so wonderful, though.
Who could forget the Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan scandal surrounding the 1994 ice skating team? As you recall, an associate of Harding’s ex-husband clubbed fellow U.S. ice skater Nancy Kerrigan in the leg. The attack on Kerrigan was intended to boost Harding’s ability to compete on the U.S. ice skating team.
Or the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili just prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics as certainly one of the most somber of memories.
If you are excited for this Winter Olympics 2014 to begin in Sochi, Russia, below is an infographic about the Winter Olympic Games of the past 20 years along with this year’s schedule of events.
What are your favorite Winter Olympics memories? What are you looking forward to most in the 2014 games? Share your thoughts with us, and enjoy the games!