Inspirational Olympic Stories

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My first slideshare. No music. No animation. I am sure you can modify. Jus simple stories. Some of you may ask where is Jesse Owen etc. Well, these are my choices! :) Hope you like it!

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Inspirational Olympic Stories

  1. Inspirational Olympic Stories
  2. The Jamaican Bobsled Team, Calgary, 1988
  3. This is Jamaica. As you can tell, Jamaica and snow don’t go together!
  4. <ul><li>How could Jamaica, a country of year-round sunshine and beaches, possibly compete with snowbound places like Switzerland and Norway in a sport like bobsledding? </li></ul>
  5. <ul><li>Funding their journey by selling sweatshirts and recording a reggae theme song … </li></ul><ul><li>they did! </li></ul>
  6. Proving once again that … Impossible is nothing!
  7. Nadia Comaneci Montreal, 1976
  8. <ul><li>At the age of 14, she became the youngest-ever Olympic medalist in history. </li></ul>
  9. She obtained a perfect score for the uneven bars. It was the first time in the history of the modern Olympics.
  10. <ul><li>Because the scoreboards did not even have enough space to show a 10, Nadia's score appeared as 1.00. </li></ul>
  11. Nadia obtained seven perfect 10s.
  12. One can strive for perfection. It goes to show that
  13. Lawrence Lemieux Seoul, 1988
  14. The race began …
  15. <ul><li>Sailing conditions suddenly turned dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>15 knot winds escalated to 35 knots and the sea became choppy. </li></ul>
  16. <ul><li>Seeing two sailors thrown into the water, Lawrence </li></ul><ul><li>abandoned the race and rescued them. </li></ul>
  17. <ul><li>He was second in the race at that time. </li></ul><ul><li>He went on to finish his race in true Olympic spirit in 22 nd place. </li></ul><ul><li>The International Yacht Racing Union decided to award him 2 nd place. </li></ul><ul><li>None of the contestants questioned the decision. </li></ul>
  18. Indeed, winning is not everything.
  19. Masahiko &quot;Happy&quot; Harada Nagano, 1998
  20. <ul><li>1994: Japan is in the lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Harada, the final jumper, only needs 110 m. </li></ul><ul><li>His earlier jump was 122 m. </li></ul><ul><li>He jumps only 97.5 m. </li></ul><ul><li>The worst jump of anyone in the top 8 teams. </li></ul><ul><li>It costs Japan the gold. </li></ul>
  21. <ul><li>1998: Nagano, Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>He is in first place after his first jump. </li></ul><ul><li>Although he needs only a mediocre second jump, </li></ul><ul><li>He falters and lands in fifth place. </li></ul><ul><li>He eventually gets the bronze. </li></ul>
  22. <ul><li>Then came the team event. </li></ul><ul><li>His first jump is a mere 79.5 m. </li></ul><ul><li>Japan moves from 1 st to 4 th . </li></ul><ul><li>History looked like it was repeating itself. </li></ul>
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  24. <ul><li>Overcome your obstacles. </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with the pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t stop doing your best. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay optimistic. </li></ul><ul><li>Be happy. </li></ul>
  25. Billy Mills 1964, Tokyo
  26. <ul><li>He lost his parents at </li></ul><ul><li>the age of 12. </li></ul><ul><li>He didn’t make the High </li></ul><ul><li>School Track team on his </li></ul><ul><li>first try. </li></ul>
  27. <ul><li>His Olympic coach had </li></ul><ul><li>such little faith in him that </li></ul><ul><li>he didn’t give him a pair </li></ul><ul><li>of running shoes; </li></ul><ul><li>Billy had to borrow a pair. </li></ul><ul><li>On race day no TV </li></ul><ul><li>commentator even </li></ul><ul><li>mentioned his name. </li></ul><ul><li>No one gave him a chance </li></ul><ul><li>to win. </li></ul>
  28. <ul><li>At the start of the final lap, it </li></ul><ul><li>was Billy, an Aussie and a </li></ul><ul><li>Tunisian and he was in the </li></ul><ul><li>lead. </li></ul><ul><li>The Aussie shoved past him, </li></ul><ul><li>nearly knocking him off his </li></ul><ul><li>feet. </li></ul><ul><li>The Tunisian jostled his way </li></ul><ul><li>between both of them. </li></ul><ul><li>He was now third. </li></ul>
  29. <ul><li>In a final spurt, Billy passed the Aussie and the </li></ul><ul><li>Tunisian in the last 30 meters of the race, almost </li></ul><ul><li>like they were standing still. </li></ul><ul><li>You can catch this amazing race on youtube! </li></ul>
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  31. Wilma Rudolph 1960 Rome
  32. <ul><li>Born 2 months premature, </li></ul><ul><li>the 20 th out of 22 kids, </li></ul><ul><li>Wilma suffered scarlet </li></ul><ul><li>fever, double pneumonia </li></ul><ul><li>and polio, spending her </li></ul><ul><li>childhood bedridden. </li></ul>
  33. Doctors told her mother that her daughter would never be able to walk again. Too poor for hospitalization, her left leg became deformed so she wore metal leg braces at age 6. She was unable to walk until her eighth birthday.
  34. <ul><li>Fourteen years later, she became the first </li></ul><ul><li>American woman to win three gold medals at the </li></ul><ul><li>Olympics for the 100m, 200m and 400m relay. </li></ul>
  35. There is no substitute for courage, hard work and determination.
  36. Oscar “The Blade Runner” Pistorius London, 2012?
  37. Citius, Altius, Fortius May these athletes inspire you to press on in the challenges of your life. © megabum21 2008

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