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Olympic Black Power Salute 1968 Most of the time controversies at the Olympics have to do with the Games themselves. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, it was the podium antics of two American medallists that created the biggest stir of the Games. The gold medallist from the 200 metres, Tommie Smith, and bronze medallist John Carlos used the occasion to give a 'black power' salute. The IOC, citing a 'misuse of the podium to make a political statement,' sent the two Americans home immediately afterward.
Tags: Tommie  Smith  John  Carlos  protest  Olympics 
Added: 21st August 2008
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East German Steroid Swimmers At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, American Shirley Babashoff was supposed to be the female version of Mark Spitz. Babashoff was a threat to win six gold medals. Instead, she won just one gold medal and four silvers. In every race she lost, she lost to an East German. The star of the East German women's swimming team was Kornelia Ender (pictured here). Babashoff was immediately suspicious of the East Germans because of their muscular builds and deep voices. She claimed the dressing room 'sounded like a coed room.' At the time, Babashoff was criticized as a sore loser. The press dubbed her 'Surly Shirley.' After East Germany collapsed in 1989 the truth came out: East German athletes were regularly given steroids via injections to increase their athletic capabilities. Babashoff now campaigns to have the East German medal results nullified.
Tags: Kornelia  Ender  East  Germany  swimmers  steroids 
Added: 24th August 2008
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Victoria Cross Winner Joseph Kaeble The Victoria Cross is the most difficult military medal in the world to attain. To be considered for a VC, one has to be a member of a British Commonwealth country's armed forces and perform an exceptionally brave feat in the face of the enemy. Some of the heroics of Canada's 94 VC winners almost defy belief. Consider how 26-year-old Corporal Joseph Kaeble won his VC.
Tags: Joseph  Kaebel  Victoria  Cross 
Added: 12th November 2008
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Bob Richards on Whats My Line Bob Richards, a two-time Olympic gold medallist in the pole vault, appeared as a contestant on What's My Line in January 1957. His occupation was minister!
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Bob  Richards 
Added: 18th November 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mark Spitz SI Cover Mark Spitz, the star of the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics with his seven swimming gold medals, was featured on this issue of Sports Illustrated.
Tags: SI  cover  Mark  Spitz  swimming 
Added: 20th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
2002 Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game Here are the highlights of the men's Olympic hockey final between Canada and the United States from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The commentator is Bob Cole of CBC.
Tags: Olympics  hockey 
Added: 25th April 2009
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Franz Klammer 1976 Winter Olympics By request, here is a mere portion of Franz Klammer's downhill skiing run (with commentary from Austrian TV) that earned Klammer, the local favorite, the men's downhill skiing gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. This clip really doesn't do justice to Klammer's run. He appeared to be on the verge of crashing several times--yet he still won the race.
Tags: Franz  Klammer  1976  Winter  Olympics  skiing 
Added: 3rd May 2009
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USA-Finland Gold Medal Game 1980 Many people wrongly assume that when the American hockey team beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in Lake Placid they captured the 1980 Olympic gold medals. Nope. The modified round-robin format of the tournament meant the Americans still had to play Finland two days later--and win--to assure themselves of the gold. In this clip Rob McLanahan scores a third-period goal to put the USA up 3-2. The home team eventually won 4-2 to take all the marbles.
Tags: Olympic  hockey  1980  Lake  Placid 
Added: 12th July 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Victoria Cross - Valour Road The rarest and most cherished military medal in the world is the Victoria Cross. To be considered for it, one has to be a member of the British armed forces or the armed forces of a British Commonwealth country. One must perform an extraordinarily courageous act under enemy fire that is witnessed by at least one reliable observer. Then the claim has to be investigated. About 1,350 VCs have been awarded since 1856, and only 94 to Canadians (or Newfoundlanders). None are alive today. Against all odds, during the First World War, three Canadians who lived on Pine Street in Winnipeg were all awarded the VC!
Tags: Victoria  Cross  Valour  Road 
Added: 28th July 2009
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Most Inept Olympic Swimmer At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, some swimmers from developing countries were given wild card entries even though they were nowhere close to being world-class swimmers. The most famous of the bunch was 22-year-old Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea. Nicknamed Eric the Eel by the British press, Moussambani had only learned to swim eight months earlier. Because there were no swimming pools in his country, Moussambani practised in a lake. He had never seen an Olympic-sized swimming pool until his memorable 100-metres freestyle heat. Moussambani's two rival competitors in his heat (Niger's Karim Bare and Tajikistan's Farkhod Oripov) were both disqualified for false starts, so Eric the Eel was on his own. Here's the clip of his heat--in which he clocked a glacial 1:52.72. The gold medallist in the men's 100-metres freestyle won the event in just 48.30 seconds.
Tags: Olympics  Equatorial  Guinea  Eric  Moussambani  swimmer 
Added: 16th February 2014
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