Olympic Spectacles: Intriguing Feats Through the Years

Take a look at some of the most intriguing moments from the Olympic Games through the years.

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The Olympic Games are filled with inspiration and drama that you can only get from the greatest sporting competition in the world. The athlete's expressions, significant wins and losses, and incredible feats all add to the excitement. Click to see great Olympic spectacles over the years including great feats of strength and athletes in the agony of defeat.
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American Sarah Hughes seems to fly across the ice in her famous gold-medal-winning routine that put her on top of Michelle Kwan in 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games.
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Jason Kidd, LeBron James and Paul Chris celebrate the USA's victory against Spain at the end of the men's basketball gold medal match during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Derek Redmond tore a hamstring toward the end of his race in the '92 Barcelona Olympics, but continued to limp to the finish line despite the pain. His father, Jim Redmond, broke through security to help his injured son cross the finish line. The two are now torchbearers for the 2012 London Games.
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After Laura Wilkinson broke three bones in her foot three months before the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she refused surgery, which would have prohibited her from playing. Instead she trained with her injury and became the first American female to win gold for platform diving since 1964.
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Still rebounding from the Nancy Kerrigan scandal, Tonya Harding missed her opening jump because of a broken lace in Lillehammer in 1994. Harding tearfully stopped mid-program and asked the referee for permission to find a new lace.
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Team USA celebrated their 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in the semi-final Men's Ice Hockey event at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. The game was dubbed "the Miracle on Ice". The USA went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland 4-2 in the gold medal game.
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Takashi Yamamoto of Japan greets fans after receiving the bronze medal for swimming at the 2004 Athens Games.
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French ice dancers Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat competed to win the bronze at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. The two went on to win the gold in 2002.
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Chinese solidiers watch the firework show during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at Beijing's iconic "Bird's Nest" national stadium.
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The Melbourne Olympics of '56 occured during the Hungarian revolution against the U.S.S.R. Tensions ran high between the two teams. Soviet player Valentin Prokopov punched Hungarian Ervin Zador during a water polo game, earning the nickname, "The Blood in the Water Match."
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U.S. competitor Mike Powell languishes in the long jump sand pit after injuring his leg on the run up during the '96 Atlanta Games.
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Michael Phelps swims en route to winning the final of the 400 meter individual medley and setting a new world record during the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials.
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American champion Mark Spitz broke an Olympic record in the final event of the '72 Munich games, earning seven swimming gold medals.
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Sweden's hockey team celebrates after beating Canada 3-2 in an overtime shootout in the final to win the gold in Lillehammer in 1994.
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The U.S. Basketball "Dream Team" of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics comprised Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson (shown) and Larry Bird. As expected, they dominated, winning by an average margin of 43.8 points per game.
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German Franziske Schenk celebrates winning the bronze in the 500 m speed skating event at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.
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Fireworks explode behind the Olympic flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Joakim Karlberg of Sweden falls as he is passed up by USSR skater Andrey Bobrov at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
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U.S. runner Carl Lewis, center, leads Thomas Jefferson, left, and Kirk Baptiste, right, in a prayer after they gave the U.S. a sweep of medals in the men's 200 m race at the '84 Los Angeles games.
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Patric-Fritz Leitner and Alexander Resch of Germany celebrate after winning the gold in the men's doubles luge event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
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Jesse Owens, the grandson of Alabama slaves, destroyed Adolf Hitler's hope to show the genetic superiority of white athletes by winning four gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936.
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Sandra Pires Tavares of Brazil digs out a ball during the Adriana/Monica of Brazil vs. Silva/Pires of Brazil match at Atlanta Beach at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.
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Barefooted Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the podium with human rights badges on their tracksuits during the '68 Games in Mexico City. The raised fists symbolized black unity and the bare feet black poverty. The medalists were expelled after the Olympic Committee threatened to suspend the entire U.S. team.
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A long jump athlete is photographed at the moment of impact during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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An ecstatic Donovan Bailey of Canada defeats Frankie Fredericks and Dennis Mitchell for the gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
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Azerbaijan pair Kristin Fraser and Igor Lukanin glide through the Ice Dancing Free Dance event during the Figure Skating competition at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
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Runner Sally Gunnell crouches in agony after sustaining an injury on the track during the '96 Atlanta Olympics.
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At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles Mary Lou Retton became the first American to win the gold in the women's all-around competition.
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During the '96 Atlanta Olympics gymnast Kerri Strug fell and broke her ankle on her first vault. She competed through the pain and landed perfectly on the second vault, helping the U.S. team earn a gold medal.
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When the U.S. baseball team defeated Cuba in the 2000 Sydney Games, they overturned one of the biggest Olympic dynasties in history.
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Percussionists played Fou drums during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Matthias Steiner of Germany makes a triumphant lift during the men's 105 kg group weightlifting event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Japan's Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki perform in perfect harmony during the synchronized swimming duet of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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Netherland's Rebekka Kadijk gestured to her partner Marrit Leenstra during the beach volleyball match at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
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USA's Gary Hall Jr. boasted that they would smash the Australian team like guitars. Despite his bravado, the Australians won and mocked their opponents with air guitars during the post-victory celebration.
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Dancers entertained excited fans before a beach volleyball match at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
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A dehydrated and exhausted Dorando Pietri collapsed just two meters from the finish line in the marathon event during London's 1908 Olympic Games. He was helped across the finish line to a waiting stretcher. Despite his disqualification, public sympathy motivated Queen Alexandra to present him with an inscribed gold cup.
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USA's Aaron Peirsol (top) and Lenny Krayselburg compete in the men's swimming 100 m backstroke heat during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
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Germany's Marie-Sophie Hindermann competes on the floor during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Tomohiro Matsunaga of Japan, in blue, wrestles Besik Kudukhov, of Russia, in the 55 kg category of the men's freestyle wrestling competition of the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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Matthew Emmons is comforted by his wife, Katerina, after missing out on gold in the men's 50m rifle three-positions shooting event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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In the Mexico Olympics of 1968 Bob Beamon set a world record, despite a lack of coaching. He landed 8.9 meters from the board on his first jump, ending the competition then and there. ''I can't go on. What is the point? We'll all look silly,' said Britain's defending champion Lynn Davies. 'You have destroyed the event.'
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China's gymnast Yang Wei gestures after winning the gold medal in the men's all-around competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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Ukraine's Irini Merleni, top, wrestles USA's Clarissa Chun during their 48 kg women's division bronze medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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Australia's Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt and Stephanie Rice celebrate setting a new world record and winning the gold in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
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Croatia's Blanka Vlasic hits the bar and fails in her bid to break the world record during the women's high jump final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Chen Ruolin of China is congratulated by coaching staff after winning gold in the women's 10m platform diving at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Azza Besbes of Tunisia reacts to losing in the quarterfinals to Becca Ward of the United States in the fencing event held at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Cuba's Dayron Robles celebrates winning the men's 110m hurdles final at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Oscar Chaplin III struggles with the weights in the men's 85 kg in Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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David Svoboda of Czech Republic riding HunHun crashes through a fence in the Men's Modern Pentathlon Riding Show Jumping during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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