It’s back! 6 August sees the return of the Olympic Games, complete with everything we love about sport: drama, heroism, feats of sporting prowess and, this time, with a touch of Rio carnival thrown in for good measure.
During the coming weeks, we’ll be treated to over 550 of hours of television from 2pm to 1am each day. That’s a lot of TV. So to celebrate, here’s our run-down of the most unmissable TV moments from Olympic Games past.
- London 2012 – Team GB’s super Saturday
We may be a little biased but wanted to kick off with Britain’s most successful day at the 2012 London Olympics. Team GB winning six gold medals on home territory – including three in the space of just 44 minutes – was a spectacle to behold.
- Beijing 2008 – Usain Bolt breaks the 100 metres world record
It’s the moment that Bolt secured his superstar status. It wasn’t just the margin of victory, or the new 100m world record of 9.69 seconds, it was the ease with which he did it – visibly slowing down for the final few metres to begin celebrating. Pounding his chest before unleashing his now famous “Lightening Bolt” move.
- Beijing 2008 – Michael Phelps wins eight golds
Yes, it’s another from Beijing 2008 where a global athletic superstar splashed his way into our hearts. Phelps’ eight gold medals beat Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds in 1972. In 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 18 gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes.
- Barcelona 1992 – USA’s NBA dream team
Barcelona 1992 was the first Olympic Games where professional basketball players took part, and saw the superstars of the NBA descend on Spain to showcase their inimitable talents. With the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, team USA put on a basketball masterclass, winning all eight games in the tournament and netting an astonishing average tally of 117.3 points per game.
- Berlin, 1936 – Jesse Owens wins four gold medals
African-American athlete Jesse Owens beats the odds to win four gold medals – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump – at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. A remarkable achievement that sent a message of hope around the planet.
And finally, let’s not forget what was easily the best non-sporting Olympics moment of all time (again, we might be a little biased) …
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