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  • The Olympic Flame Burns Brightly | Video

    The Olympic Flame Burns Brightly

    The bright Olympic flame burns atop the Bird's Nest, the hub of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Athletes from around the world gather to participate in the Games and share the vision of One World, One Dream. Whether they are on the court, in the pool or outside competing, athletes strive to embody the Olympic ideals of unity, harmony, friendship and progress.
  • London 2012 hopefuls making most of Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia | Video

    London 2012 hopefuls making most of Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia

    Titus Kafunda Mukhala (athletics, 100m and 200m), Esther Sandu (judo) and Ben Muzito (boxing) say the new Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, which the Olympic Movement and Zambian government opened in 2010, has helped them improve their abilities and raise their aspirations. The three athletes received an additional boost of inspiration when IOC President Jacques Rogge and United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to the centre.
  • Lasse Virén wins the Distance Double Double - Montreal 1976 Olympic Games | Video

    Lasse Virén wins the Distance Double Double - Montreal 1976 Olympic Games

    Lasse Virén had been considered an unlikely contender when he won his gold medals in the 5000m and 10000m during the previous Olympic Games in Munich 1972.   Arriving at Montreal 1976, Virén was now a double Olympic champion and considered as one of the favorites for another medal.   Could he follow the footsteps of the “Flying Finns” Hannes Kolehmainen, Paavo Nurmi and Ville Ritola who dominated long-distance running events during the Olympic Games between 1912 and 1928?   Lasse Virén began by winning the 10,000m with a comfortable 30 meters lead. However, the 5,000m final was harder. Although Virén was in the lead at the beginning of the last lap, only five meters separated the first six runners. Coming out of the final turn, Virén beat back a fierce challenge by New Zealand's Dick Quax and won his fourth Olympic gold medal, while Quax took the silver.   The podium was completed by Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand from West Germany who - in his fight for the bronze medal - lunged across the finish line, winning it by 0.12 seconds.   With this race, Virén became the only repeat winner of the 5,000m and therefore, the only athlete to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m in consecutive Olympic Games.  
  • Olympic Record For Thai Lifter | Video

    Olympic Record For Thai Lifter

    In October 2016, Nastassia NOVIKAVA of Belarus, competing in the Women's 53kg Weightlifting event, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded the bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Prapawadee sets an Olympic record and wins gold for Thailand in women's weightlifting. Prapawadee lifts an Olympic record 126kg in the clean and jerk to secure first with 221kg. Yoon Jinhee claims silver for South Korea. Weightlifting Women 53kg Final - Olympic Record - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon (THA), Yoon Jinhee (KOR)
  • Olympic Records To China's Chen | Video

    Olympic Records To China's Chen

    In August 2016, Marina SHAINOVA of Russian Federation, competing in the Women's 58kg Weightlifting event, in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. A tremendous performance from the People's Republic of China's Chen Yanqing sees her repeat as Olympic gold medalist. She easily outpaces the competition by setting Olympic records in clean and jerk (138kg) and a total of 244kg. O Jong Ae of the People's Republic of Korea wins bronze. Weightlifting Women 58kg Final - Olympic Record - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Chen Yanqing (CHN), O Jong Ae (PRK)
  • Karen Cockburn Tops Her Last Olympic Performance | Video

    Karen Cockburn Tops Her Last Olympic Performance

    Karen Cockburn is one of Canada's most decorated Olympic athletes. When trampoline became an Olympic sport in 2000, Karen made her Olympic debut claiming the bronze medal. In Athens 2004, Karen tops her last Olympic performance to claim silver with 39.20 points, just .40 points behind Anna Dogonadze of Germany, who becomes the trampoline Olympic champion. Gymnastics Trampoline Women's Final - Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games - Anna Dogonadze (GER), Karen Cockburn (CAN), Huang Shanshan (CHN)
  • The Olympic Flame Begins Its Journey | Video

    The Olympic Flame Begins Its Journey

    With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC). The lighting symbolically marked the beginning of the Torch Relay that brought the flame to the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.
  • Hooker Vaults to Olympic Record | Video

    Hooker Vaults to Olympic Record

    In November 2016, Denys YURCHENKO of Ukraine, competing in the Athletics Men's pole vault event, in which he ranked first and for which he was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Steve Hooker claims gold for Australia in the men's pole vault and sets an Olympic record of 5.96m. Denys Yurchenko vaults 5.70m but a hamstring injury prevents further action. Lukanenko and Hooker go on to clear 5.85m, but miss their first two attempts at 5.90m. On his third and final try, Hooker vaults the gold medal height, then goes on to a record 5.96m. Athletics Pole Vault Men Final - Olympic Record (5.96m) - Beijing 2008 - Steve Hooker (AUS), Evgeny Lukyanenko (RUS)
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