8 Iconic Moments in the History of Olympics

August 29, 2023

By Sonakshi Kandhari

Every four years, the Olympics bring joy as athletes and fans celebrate national victories. The world unites to watch and cheer for their favourite sports stars. Today, let's explore 8 of the most iconic moments in the history of the Olympics.

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Barcelona 1992: The Dream Team Struck Gold

Scoring nothing less than 40 points in a game with the most iconic players ever, they took home the gold.

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London 1948: Contestants Contested on Wheelchairs

Ludwig Guttman founded the International Wheelchair Game in an attempt to cheer the wounded soldiers of World War II.

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Sydney 2000: North and South Korea Held a Unified Flag

Despite their dispute, North and South Korea came together in the opening ceremony. And, instead of carrying their own flags, they held one flag that depicted the map of Korea.

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Athens 2004: The Medal's Design Underwent a Facelift

Initially featuring the Roman Colosseum, for this event, the medal's design was changed to include Panathenaic Stadium, the world's oldest one.

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Beijing 2008: Michael Phelps Won a Whopping 8 Gold Medals

Michael Phelps made history in this event, securing the most wins ever.. He bagged these medals with a victory in the medley relay event.

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Atlanta 1996: Olympics Turns 100

In 1996 the Olympics games turned 100 years old and the flame for the opening ceremony was lit by the legendary Mohammad Ali.

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Rome 1960: Olympics Hit Television Screens

Being the first ever Olympic Games to be aired on television screens, it also set the pedestal for advertisements that are a game changer in today’s scenario.

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Tokyo 2020: Covid-19 Casts its Shadow

Even the Olympic Games felt the effects of COVID-19. Originally set for 2020 in Tokyo, the event was pushed to 2021, and was still called '2020 Tokyo Olympics'.

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