Get ready to start thinking gold, silver and bronze because the winter Olympics are just around the corner! The Olympic committee recently launched its 100 days to Sochi 2014 campaign and is creating major buzz for the upcoming games in Russia.
To kick off the celebrations, P&G is sharing a series of touching videos titled “Raising an Olympian,” a part of their popular (and tear-inducing) Thank You, Mom program. In the videos, athletes share their personal stories about how their mothers helped mold them into the superstars they are today. In the first video, U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn reveals how her mom, who had a stroke at the time of Lindsey’s birth, has given her optimism, fresh perspective and the opportunity to, ya know, become a gold medal-winning Olympic athlete. Check it out:
But all this talk about the games has us getting nostalgic for Olympic events of years past. Today we’re looking back at the most emotional moments in Olympic history:
Kerri Strug brings home the gold (1996): Strug had just suffered a fall and a limp on her first go at the vault, but for round two the gymnast landed on one foot, thus securing the gold medal for her team and the U.S. at the ’96 games.
Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and more after the jump!
Michael Phelps surpasses a world record (2008): The U.S. swimmer already has seven gold medals under his belt, but at the 2008 Beijing games, Phelps surpassed Mark Spitz’s record for most gold medals won in a single game.
Gabby Douglas makes history (2012): Her opponent needed a 15.36 to beat her, but ultimately, gymnast Douglas had the edge and took home gold in the gymnastics all-around, making her the first black woman to take gold in the category.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh hit three (2012): During a contentious match in the London games, the U.S. beach volleyball Olympians won their third consecutive medals. The clincher? No woman had ever won three Olympic beach volleyball medals of any kind.
Usain Bolt sprints the 100 meters (2008): Faster than the speed of light? Almost. The Jamaican runner set a new world record of 9.69 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Beijing games.
Derek Redmond crosses the finish line–with his father (1992): At the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, Redmond was favored to win the 400-meter run, but before he could cross the finish line, he hurt his hamstring and fell to the ground, unable to continue. In that moment, his father jumped out of his seat, rushed past security and helped his son across the finish line. Excuse us while we grab a box (or five) of tissues.
Which Olympic moment ranks as your favorite? What do you think of Lindsey Vonn’s story? And will you be watching next year’s games?
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