The Real Olympic Heroes
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Posted 2/21/10 , edited 2/21/10
Forget about Michael Phelps and all these athletes with multiple medals, the real Olympic stars are the ones that are not afraid to try even if they know they don't stand a chance.

One of my teachers told me about Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, he was the only ski-jumper Britain had, so he got to go to the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He finished last in every event, sometimes he didn't even make it half the distance of the other jumpers, he fell and hurt himself many times and so, naturally, he became a superstar and one of the most popular Olympic athletes of all time. The Olympics actually changed the rules afterward so that you had to be good enough to qualify, and he was the first athlete to be mentioned specifically in the closing ceremonies.

This is one of his average jumps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8jDB6q9wCk

He got ridiculously popular all over the world, he got interviews everywhere and his own record deals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UjkLC5w_fU

lol @ his training facility.


I really love that guy, but I love this next guy more because of his story and how well he did. Eric "the Eel" Moussambani was a swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, and he was allowed to go because of a wild card draw used to encourage developing countries to compete. He competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and he had first learned to swim 8 months earlier. He did all his practicing in a small hotel pool, when he showed up at his event, it was the first time he had ever seen an Olympic sized swimming pool.

The record for the 100m freestyle was like 48 seconds at the time, his time was 1:52, the all time lowest in Olympic history. But this is the best part, he qualified to move on from his heat because all the other swimmers were disqualified.

This is one of the best Olympic moments of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zjCc_VyxM4


Both these guys couldn't get qualification to compete in any other Olympics, and they both tried very hard to compete again. These guys are really inspiring.
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Posted 2/21/10
Your first sentence touched me!
You are right, even tho it is amazing what those on the absolute top are capable of.
The ones with not much chance of winnin indeed deserve our praises, and they get it not enough, for they too are incredible at what they do!
So huray for the losers because without them, there are no winners!
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Posted 2/21/10
Eddie makes me proud to be British. <3
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Posted 2/21/10
but if u think like that, then anyone cud be a hero. i dont really think being bad at something makes u special, because then anyone could be considered a hero
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Posted 2/21/10
Don't forget about the Jamaican bobsled team from the same '88 Calgary games. If they had a more reliable bobsled, they definitely would have gotten a medal.
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Posted 2/21/10
i agree with the Jamaican bobsled team.... and that Eddie dude is pretty cool...
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