OLYMPIC GAME LEGENDS<br />USA Dream Team “1992”<br />Many considered the best team ever<br />Charles Barkley,Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing,Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner,KarlMalone,Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen,DavidRobinson,John Stockton<br />
Dream Team/Mens Basketball Team<br />The first american team to feature active NBA players for the Olympic Games<br />Defeated Opponents by an average of 44 points per game and winning Gold in summer of 1992 in Barcelona<br />Coached by Hall of Famers Chuck Daly with Hall of Fame assistant coaches Lenny Wilkins,MikeKrzyzewski<br />
James”Jesse”Owens/Track and Field<br />In 1936 he entered the “Hitler Olympics”inNazi,Germany<br />Hitler planned to show the Nazi code of the perfect race,but Owens proved to them that Africans were strong and are not a lower race<br />By the end of the Olympics even Hitler was cheering for him and all the German boys and girls wanted his autograph<br />
Jesse Owens<br />He won all of his events, the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the broad jump and 400 relay, and became the first American ever to win 4 gold olympic medals in a single day<br />In 1976 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Gerald R.Ford because he overcame segregation, racism, and bigotry to prove to the world that African –Americans belonged in the world of athletics.<br />In ESPN’s most influential athletes study in April 2006, Owens finished 3rd only behind Jackie Robinson and Arthur Ashe<br />
Mary Lou Retton/Gymnastics<br />Was first American Woman to win Olympic Gold for the all-around event <br />Most Olympic medals of any athlete at the 1984 Olympics(5 medals)<br />Known as “Americas Sweetheart”for her loving personality-4”9 tall<br />1984 Sports Illustrated Sports Woman of the Year<br />
Mary Lou Retton/Gymnastics<br />1984 Amateur Athlete of the Year-Associated Press<br />US Olympic Committee in 1984 created the Mary Lou Retton Award for athletic excellence<br />
Florence Griffith Joyner/Track and Field<br />Sister in law of Olympian JackieJoyner-Kersee<br />Wife of Al Joyner-Olympian-triple jump gold, and her trainer<br />Female sprinter that dominated women’s track in 1988<br />Set world records in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials-10.49, she won 3 gold and 1 silver at the Seoul Games<br />
Flo-Jo<br />Won the 100 meters and 200 meters, twice broke the 200 world record(21.56 in the semis and 21.34 in the finals<br />3rd gold came in the sprint relay and a silver in the 4x400 relay. She had won a silver in the 200 in 1984, and at the world championships, and a silver in 1987<br />Won the NCAA 200 in 1982 and 400 in 1983<br />
Flo -Jo<br />Was known for running in her sexy and flamboyant outfits<br />3 golds and 2silver medals<br />
Michael Phelps/Swimming<br />“He is just a normal person, but maybe from a different planet.”said Russia’s Alexander Sukhorukov who finished second to Phelps in an event to Phelps at the Beijing Games.<br />Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals-and 5 events at the Bejing Games<br />
Michael Phelps/Swimming<br />He passed legendary swimmer Mark Spitz and Sprinter Carl Lewis with gold number 10 when he won the 200 meter butterfly<br />An hour later, he swam the leadoff of a runway victory by the US 800 freestyle relay team, which shattered the old world mark<br />They were the first team to break the 7minute barrier with a time of 6:58:56, broke the record of 7:03.24, his leg was 1minute,43.21seconds<br />
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