Category Olympics

There can be Miracles

MaOn February 22, 1980, the United States hockey team came out on top of one of the biggest upsets in sports when they beat the Soviets 4-3 at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The major turning point in the game was when USSR goalie Vladislav Tretiak gave up a rebound, allowing Mark Johnson […]

Let the Winter Olympics begin

On January 25, 1924, the opening ceremonies of the first modern winter Olympic Games, originally called ‘Winter Sports Week’ were held in Chamonix, France. The Olympic committee was formed in 1921. There were 258 athletes participating in the games ,11 were women and 247 were men.  The games were witnessed by 10,000 paying spectators. The […]

Black Power takes the National Stage

On October 18, 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two American sprinters stood on the gold and bronze medal stands for their ceremony at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. As the flags were raised and the anthem started to play, they each put a fist in the air to symbolize black power. They were […]

Spitz wins #7

American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals over the course of a single Olympic games on September 4, 1972 after the 4×100 meters medley relay. The Olympic Games held in Munich were the second games Spitz competed in. He had previously competed as an 18-year-old in the ’68 […]

John Pennel passes 17 feet

In Miami, Florida on August 24, 1963, pole vaulter John Pennel became the first pole vaulter to clear 17 feet in competition when he jumped 17 feet and 3/4 inches. His record was taken by Wolfgang Nordwig of East Germany later the same year. Pennel was one of the pioneers of the fiber glass pole for vaulting in […]

Eight races, Eight Golds

In Beijin, China, on August 17, 2008, Michael Phelps became the first Olympian to ever win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games. The swimmer from the United States was competing in his second Olympics. He was a favorite for many of his races, and once he dove into the pool the crowd went wild. […]

Gestring Springs for Gold

On August 12, 1936, Marjorie Gestring became the youngest female athlete to win an individual gold medal in any Olympic Games. Gestring was an American diver who competed on the three meter spring board. She was 13 years and 268 days old. Not only did she have to do better than Kathrine Rawls who placed […]