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.
Now we are asking you to VOTE for your favourite moment of all time below, where you can also watch and read about their achievements.
OWENS WINS FOUR GOLDS (1936, Berlin)
Its 80 years since Jesse Owens became a sporting legend after winning four gold medals at the controversial 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
The Olympics took place pre-World War II under the watchful eye of Adolf Hitler, who wanted to use the games as a chance to prove that his Aryan race were unstoppable.
Over a six day period, Jones recorded some of the most glittering displays on the track, clinching medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 4 x 100 metre relay and long jump.
COMANECI’S PERFECT 10 (1976, Montreal)
At just 14, Nadine Comaneci became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at an Olympic games.
The Romanian dazzled under the bright lights of Montreal to become the youngest ever Olympic gold medalist.
THE DREAM TEAM DAZZLES (1992, Barcelona)
Classy on and off the court, The US men’s basketball team beat their eight opponents at Barcelona 1992 by an average of 44 points.
With Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson pulling the strings, their opponents didn’t have a chance against the greatest team in Olympic basketball history.
MUHAMMAD ALI LIGHTS THE CAULDRON (1996, Atlanta)
Muhammad Ali’s surprise appearance to light the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony created one of the most emotional moments in Olympic history.
One of the most powerful sporting figures of all time, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984 and passed away earlier this year.
PHELPS TAKES EIGHT GOLDS (2008, Beijing)
Perhaps the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps won a historic eight gold medals at Beijing 2008.
The American was utterly dominant in the pool, eclipsing Mark Spitz’s previous record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics.
LIGHTNING BOLT BREAKS RECORDS (2008, Beijing)
The Jamaican set new world records in the 100 and 200m races at Beijing 2008.
Bolt clocked a time of 9.69, breaking his previous 9.72 mark set in May 2008 in New York.
Four days later in the 200 metres, Bolt powered to victory with a time of 19.30, eclipsing Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32.