Get pumped up! The Olympics are about to start! Here are 10 unforgettable video Olympic moments from Mashable:
Kerri Strug, Atlanta 1996
The U.S. women’s gymnastic team had never won a gold medal in the team all-around competition when the Magnificent Seven entered the 1996 Games. A first-place finish appeared within reach, but it all hinged on a solid vault performance from the American women. After two falls by her teammate, Kerri Strug was the United States’ last chance for gold.
Derek Redmond, Barcelona 1992
British sprinter Derek Redmond never won an Olympic medal, but his performance at the 1992 Games in Barcelona remains one of the Games’ most moving moments. During the semi-final of the 400m sprint, Redmond’s hamstring snapped, causing him to collapse on the track. Redmond refused a stretcher and instead hobbled across the finish line with the help of his father.
Nadia Comăneci, Montreal 1976
At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci scored the first perfect 10 in women’s gymnastic history with a flawless uneven bars routine. The scoreboards were not even equipped to display the perfect mark and showed a 1.00 instead.
Muhammad Ali, Atlanta 1996
The flashy spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies paused for a touching moment at the 1996 Games in Atlanta when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic Torch at Centennial Olympic Stadium.
Michael Phelps, Beijing 2008
Eight races, eight wins. Michael Phelps’ quest to break Mark Spitzer’s gold medal record included world record-breaking blow outs and a race won by 1/100 of a second.
Rulon Gardner, Sydney 2000
Rulon Gardner stepped into the ring at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney to face a legend of Greco-Roman wrestling. Alexander Karelin had gone undefeated in the 13 years leading up to his match against the son of a Wyoming dairy farmer, but Karelin’s streak ended with a 1-0 loss in one of the Games’ most stunning upsets.
Usain Bolt, Beijing 2008
The fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, was so dominant in his 100m sprint win at the 2008 Games in Beijing that he nearly skipped across the finish line.
Mary Lou Retton, Los Angeles 1984
Mary Lou Retton vaulted into history at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles by becoming the first American woman to win gold in the all-around gymnastics competition. The West Virginia native earned an additional honor that year when she became the first woman athlete featured on the front of a Wheaties box.
Derartu Tulu, Barcelona 1992
Derartu Tulu became the first Ethiopian woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she raced to victory in the 10,000 meters event at the 1992 games. Tulu joined hands with silver medalist Elana Meyer of South Africa on her victory lap in a moment of touching harmony.
Carl Lewis, Los Angeles 1984
At the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, Carl Lewis tied Jesse Owens’ accomplishment of winning four gold medals at a single Olympics with wins in the 100m and 200m sprints, the long jump, and 4 x 100 relay. In 1999, “Sports Illustrated” named Lewis “Olympian of the Century.”