|Simone Manuel winning gold|
I love the Olympics! Like, love, love. Like, I watch the trials and then I hold my breath for the opening ceremonies and when the first events start, I'm right there, watching.
Every Olympic season - winter or summer, doesn't matter - a few events really capture what the Olympics are all about for me. The sense of overcoming, the sense of finally realizing a victory after working tirelessly for years, the sportsmanship and camaraderie that (most) of the athletes seem to have for one another....these are just a few of my favorite moments.
The Men's 4X100 Freestyle Relay - 2008 Olympics - Beijing: I love this one, not because the American team - with Michael Phelps - won, but because from start to finish, you just don't know which team - and there were three! - would wind up first...and then, the swimmers make that last 50 turn and...gah! I remember holding my breath to see if Lezak would make up the time, if the French swimmer could hold out...it's just a great moment! Here's a clip:
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Kerri Strug's Vault - 1996 Olympics - Atlanta: This one is a favorite because of the mental strength I think it took. She knew she was injured. She knew, for her team to win gold, that she had to go again. She knew it was going to make the injury worse and that it was going to hurt...and yet, Kerri still made that vault. The courage that she showed is just...amazing. Here's a clip:
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Derek Redmond's 400 Meter Run - 1992 Olympics - Barcelona: Every Olympic season it seems as if there is a heartbreaking story, but Derek Redmond's 400 meter run in the '92 Barcelona Games is near the top of my list because, like Kerri, he kept going. Pulled hamstring and all, he just wanted to finish his race...and seeing his dad run out onto the track to help him? I get teary just remembering it. Here's a clip:
Simone Manuel's 100 Free Swim - 2016 Olympics - Rio: There have been a lot of moments in the 2016 Olympics that have left me breathless - Michael Phelps winning his 22nd Olympic medal, Simone Biles' amazing finish at the All-Around in gymnastics, Shaunae Miller's dive over the finish in the 400 meter run. But none have been better - in my opinion - than Simone Manuel's historic win in the Women's 100 Free Swim; she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. The look on her face when she realizes she won is a moment of pure joy. Here's a clip:
Do you have a favorite (or several favorite!) Olympic moment? Share in the comments!
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This is more than just a game … to her
Sports broadcaster Brooks Smith has always been more involved with the game than the players. But after she shares the spotlight at an awards ceremony with tabloid sensation Jonas Nash, one night of letting her guard down around the infamous quarterback spirals into many heated days and nights together when she gets assigned to the story of the year…
The hottest player in professional football is hiding a secret that could end his career for good. Now Brooks is caught on the sidelines between the job she loves and the man she is falling in love with.
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