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From team spirit to individual glory, the Olympics has provided a platform for some incredible stories over the years. There have been plucky losers and record breakers – all aiming to be ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ as the Olympic motto famously states.

We are asking you to VOTE for your favourite moment of all time from our long list, which will be whittled down to a shortlist after a few days of voting.

Here, we look at two of the earliest memorable moments from the games which feature at the top of our list.

JIM THORPE – 1912

Never has there been an athlete quite as versatile as Jim Thorpe. Many consider him to be the best all-around athlete all-time.

The Native American won gold medals in the pentathlon as well as the decathlon in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics.

In January 1913, he was stripped of his titles by the Amateur Athletic Union having played professional baseball prior to the Games, thereby violating the strict amateurism rules at the time.

Thorpe soon signed for the New York Giants and went on to play years of professional baseball, football, and basketball!

PAAVO NURMI – 1924

Some regard Paavo Nurmi as the greatest Olympian of all-time.

At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris he incredibly ran seven times in six days and ended up with five gold medals.

The most trying part of that feat was when he ran the 1500 and 5000 metres finals within the span of a couple of hours and secured gold in both events.

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From team spirit to individual glory, the Olympics has provided a platform for some incredible stories over the years. There have been plucky losers and record breakers – all aiming to be ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ as the Olympic motto famously states.

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Maha Haddioui looks to inspire other regional golfers

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Trailblazer: Maha Haddioui

Organisers of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters have hailed Morocco’s trailblazing golfer Maha Haddioui, who has qualified for the Rio Olympics, calling it a ground-breaking achievement for women’s golf in the Arab world.

The Moroccan ace, who is also the only Arab woman to earn full playing status on the Ladies European Tour, will carry the hopes and expectations of the entire Arab world when she tees up at next month’s Summer Olympics where the game is making its long-awaited return after 112 years.

The Dubai-based tournament has constantly encouraged Haddioui, repeatedly extending invitations to her whenever she has not been able to qualify on her own.

A proud Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, said: “Being the only Arab in the 60-player field, Maha’s qualification for the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza will leave a lasting legacy for the future generations.

“Maha has emerged as a role model for aspiring female golfers not only Morocco, but in the entire region. Morocco is leading the way when it comes to professional golf in the Arab world, and it’s definitely important for people from other countries to see how their golfers are shaping up.”

Haddioui knows she will be competing in a tough field but is not putting a ceiling on her expectations.

“My goal is always to be the top player in the world, but playing the Olympics and getting a medal is the ultimate dream,” she said.

“I know it is going to be incredibly challenging to win a medal, but I’m going to give it my all. I am upbeat and focused as I am quite used to the high pressure that comes with playing in big tournaments. But, it would be absolutely amazing representing Morocco and being part of the African contingent at the Olympic Games. We have had some great Moroccan athletes who have made the country proud, and my dream is to follow in their footsteps.”

With 22 medals, Morocco enjoys a strong pedigree of world-class athletes led by Hicham El Guerrouj, who boasts two gold and one silver. Nawal El Moutawakel created history when she took 400m hurdles gold at the 1984 Los Angeles, becoming the first Arab woman to win a gold medal.

“It’s a little girl’s dream, even if you are 27 now, you still have a dream to win a medal. It’s something really strong in my heart. If that happens if will sort of inspire other women in the Arab world to take up golf,” said Haddioui.

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