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Most Memorable Olympic Moments

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    Franz Klammer 1976

    At 22 years old, Klammer won the gold in a dramatic downhill ski race, starting in 15th position, and taking big risks to put him ahead by just 0.33 seconds!!

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    Miracle On Ice 1980

    In 1980, the U.S. Ice Hockey team, made up of amateur and collegiate players, defeated the Soviet Union - which was at that time considered to be the best team in the world! The event became known as "The Miracle on Ice," and was made into a movie by Walt Disney Pictures in 2004 called Miracle.

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    Eric Heiden 1980

    At the 1980 games in Lake Placid, Eric set four Olympic records and one world record, winning an unprecedented 5 gold medals at the same games!

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    Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean 1984

    This team became the highest-scoring figure skaters of all time, scoring twelve perfect 6.0s and six 5.9s including artistic impression scores of 6.0 from every judge!

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    Battle of the Brians 1988

    The rivalry between Canada's Brian Orser and The United States' Brian Boitano was considered one of the most memorable in men's figure skating history. Both had won against each other in previous years, but in 1988, the gold went to Boitano on technical merit - by the thinnest of margins.

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    Jamaican Bobsled Team 1988

    The team was the inspiration for the movie Cool Runnings. The Jamaican bobsled team made its debut at the Winter Olympics at the 1988 games in Calgary, Alberta, and did not officially finish due to the loss of control over their sled and crashed during one of their four runs!

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    Dan Jansen 1988

    During the '88 Games Jansen had learned that his sister had died of leukemia. During his speed skating races, he fell and as a result received no medals - but he became the recipient of the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award for his efforts through his tragic loss.

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    Bonnie Blair 1994

    Bonnie became the first American woman to win five gold medals, and was the only American (at the time) to have six medals at any Winter Olympics.

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    Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 1994

    In one of the biggest scandals in Winter Olympis history, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked with a metal baton after practice, hurting her knee. She was favored to win the '94 U.S. Figure Skating championships. Instead, Tonya Harding took the spotlight and a spot on the Olympic team. The assault accomplice Shawn Eckhardt spilled the beans to the FBI, exposing Harding's ex-husband has the other person involved in the plan of attack. Tonya admitted she knew about the attack only after the fact - but didn't come forward.

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    Hermann Maier Crash 1998

    During a downhill race, Maier flew off the course, landing partially on his head then tumbling head over heels a few times, before he crashed through two layers of netting!

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    Jamie Sale and David Pelletier 2002

    Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were up against the Russian team in a tight figure skating competition. While the Russian team fell during their routine, Jamie and David skating beautifully. However, the Russians got the gold medal. After an inquiry, it was revealed that one of the judges had been bribed to ensure the Russian team would win. Jamie and David joined them on the podium to accept their gold medals.

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