Tiger Woods 1997 Masters Win
Tiger Woods is a name that is synonymous with golf; no man has done more for the recognition of golf as a sport than him. From his illustrious and fantastic career, one of the most memorable moments remains from 1997, which made him the youngest ever Masters win.
Following his win, an emotional Woods embraced his father Earl, the moment going down in sports history as the start of Tiger Woods’s domination of golf.
Michael Jordan’s Last Shot With Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan’s last shot while he donned the uniform of the Chicago Bulls has gone down in sports history for many reasons. The first and foremost is the legendary basketball player’s last ever shot with the team.
The other reasons are that Jordan made the shot and it became the basket that won them their sixth NBA title in eight years. That’s what we call going out with a bang.
Brandi Chastain’s 1999 Game Win
In 1999, footballer Brandi Chastain became the face of female athletes worldwide. Her penalty kick in the final match against China won Team USA the FIFA Women’s World Cup that year.
For all the 90,000 fans who watched it, that moment is forever ingrained in their brain as a turning point. As for the women worldwide, it gave them another amazing sports hero to look up to!
The Broken Curse of the Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox didn’t have a perfect time for a very long time, 86 years to be precise. The Curse of the Bambino (as it was called) began when the team traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919.
For the next 86 years, the Red Sox didn’t win a single World Series. It was only in 2004 that the team finally lifted the trophy and made fans go wild.
The Undefeated Miami Dolphins
The football team Miami Dolphins went down in the history books for having a perfect season. The Super Bowl Champs proved their mettle in 1972 when they went through the regular season and playoffs without being defeated.
The undefeated champs became the first and only NFL team to have that honor. The moment is an impactful and important one in NFL history.
N.C. State’s Cinderella Story
College Basketball is a time when everybody is glued to their screens, and teams fight for the title the best they can. In 1983, sixth-seeded N.C. The state didn’t hope they’d get to the top, but they did all that and more.
Becoming one of the most memorable Cinderella stories in the history of March Madness, the team beat all the competition and won the 1983 NCAA National Championship. They’re now forever a part of college basketball history.
The English Premier League Finals 2012
This is another story of how a match was completely overthrown at the last minute with a team pulling a miraculous win. The match was between bitter rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.
United had more or less secured the victory, but in the very last minutes, Man City scored two goals, securing the title for the first time in 44 years. That day was bitter for United fans, but Man City fans all over the world rejoiced their title.
India’s Cricket Tour in Pakistan
Whenever there is a sports match between India vs Pakistan, the entire world gets excited, especially when it has to do with cricket. The game is viral in both countries and is a source of competition for the fans.
However, in 2004, the Indian cricket team toured Pakistan for matches as a part of a friendly sign. Let it never be said that sports didn’t bring people together.
Steve Redgrave’s Fifth Gold Medal
Steve Redgrave’s choice of sport was rowing, and the sportsman ensured that he gave the sport all he had. The rower had already won four consecutive gold medals in the Olympic Games when he participated in the Sydney 2000 Games.
The British rower, then 38, won his fifth consecutive medal in the 2000 games, cinching his status among the sporting giants of the world. Great Britain’s won the dramatic race by only 0.38 seconds.
Michael Phelps Breaks Olympic Record
Swimmer Michael Phelps is an Olympic legend. The decorated athlete holds the record for the most Olympic medals to have been won by somebody, with his count reaching a whopping 28.
However, the highlight of his career was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when Phelps won eight medals in the swimming category. This win helped him break the previously set record by U.S. Olympian Mark Spritz of seven medals and turned him from an excellent sportsman to a legendary one.
Bobby Riggs VS Billie Jean King
This is probably the most critical match in sports history in disavowing the age-old bias that men are better at sports than women.
Retired tennis player Bobby Riggs openly challenged all top female tennis players to a match in 1973, claiming that female tennis was a lesser sport. He played against champion Billie Jean King in a game. Billie Jean emerged victorious, making it a monumental moment for women in sports.
Liverpool Wins the 2005 Champion League
There is probably no other football match that has turned around so quickly and spectacularly as the one between Liverpool and AC Milan’s Champion League Final.
The 2005 match saw AC Milan reigning the scoreboard with 3-0 during halftime. While the team was busy celebrating, Liverpool was busy plotting. Soon, the scoreboard turned upside down when Liverpool scored three goals in under six minutes. The team leveled the game and went on to win it during the penalties.
Roger Bannister Breaks Four-Minute Mile
For a very long time, four minutes was the minimum time it took to finish a mile-long race. For middle-distance runners, that all changed in 1954 when British runner Roger Bannister managed to finish it under that time, but only barely.
Despite being able to train only 45 minutes daily due to his work in the medical field, the runner finished the race in three minutes and 59.4 seconds. Today, the record is three minutes 43.13 seconds, set by Hicham El Geurrouj in 1999.
Chris Hoy Wins 3 Medals
Cyclist Chris Hoy’s life changed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when he managed to win three gold medals for the Great Britain team.
Following his win, Hoy became the face of Britain for the cycling world. He upped his medal count in 2012, winning two more gold medals. Hoy was granted a knighthood for his amazing feat and even voted Sports Personality of the Year.
Derek Redmond Finishes With Father’s Help
The footage of Derek Redmond hobbling along the track at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games is bound to make even the most cold-hearted person tearful. The runner was running the 400 m race when he tore his hamstring in the middle.
Despite the pain, Redmond seemed determined to finish out the lap. It was his father who barrelled past security and onto the track to help his son reach the finish. Although Redmond was disqualified from the race, the moment has gone down in history as one of the most touching moments ever.
England Wins Ashes Tournament After 18 Years
For England, cricket is a revered game. Sadly, the country hadn’t won the Ashes in 18 years, not since the 1986-87 series in Australia. All that came to an end after a spectacular match in 2005.
Under the captaincy of Michael Vaughan, the team managed to lift the trophy again in 2005. The cherry on top? They managed to become the champs at their home ground, at Lord’s in London.
Chicago Cubs Breaks Curse
Curses in the sports world are no joke. Athletes and sports fans are very superstitious about their favorite teams. The Chicago Cubs faced something similar for 106 years, with too many curses to track and zero World Series wins.
Finally, in 2016, the Chicago cubs lifted the trophy for the World Series, and fans of the team all around the country went wild. After a long and dramatic season and more than a century’s worth of losses, the Cubs finally became winners.
Malcolm Butler Steals Super Bowl Win
Super Bowl is the national pastime for the country, with every eye glued to the TV to see which team will triumph. In the 2016 Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks only needed a touchdown to secure their second title.
With only two minutes left on the board, the Seattle Seahawks made their play. However, Malcolm Butler jumped the route and stole the victory for his team. The Patriots added another victory to their name with this play, and the world witnessed one of the greatest plays in NFL history.
Eagles Use Philly Special in Super Bowl Finals
The Philadelphia Eagles were facing the most significant NFL dynasty, the Patriots, in the finals for Super Bowl LII. The 2018 match saw tensions running high, but the Eagles only managed to change the course of NFL history before halftime.
Coach Doug Pederson switched up the play with seconds remaining in the first half, keeping the offense on the field. This trick play went down in NFL history as Philly Special, and the Eagles won the series 41-33.
Villanova Wins National Championship At Buzzer
The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship was a nail-biter for sure. UNC was behind by ten points with only five minutes remaining but managed to get the score evened out with only five seconds left on the buzzer.
At such a crucial point, Villanova junior Kris Jenkins shot a three-pointer, saving the game from going into overtime and cinching a heroic win for the Wildcats, their first title since 1985.
Alex Honnold Free Solos El Capitán
El Capitan is a 3,200 ft high granite summit and the ultimate climb for professional climber Alex Honnold. Honnold’s dream was to free solo the climb, meaning without the help of any equipment.
Despite all the risk it presented, so much so that even Honnold’s sponsors pulled out, the climber managed to complete the feat. Not only that, but he did it in only three hours and 56 minutes. Where there is a will, there indeed is a way.
Usain Bolt Proves He’s the Fastest Man Alive
Usain Bolt repeatedly proved to the world that he isn’t just a simple runner but the Fastest Man Alive. After clinching the title, the athlete had his status elevated to almost that of a superhero.
During the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Bolt won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4X100 meter races. The man is fast and knows it, and his photo smiling at his opponents while he bolts past them is proof of it.
Tua Tagovailoa Takes Over and Wins Championship
The Alabama Crimson Tide Football team had a rough go in the 2018 national championship. Come halftime, head coach Nick Saban decided to change up his lineup.
He benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and put freshman Tua Tagovailoa on the field. The next match with Tagovailoa on the field turned massively in favor of the Crimson Tide, with the team managing to push the game into overtime, finally winning and taking the title.
Patriots Win Super Bowl LI After Trailing Behind
The Patriots did not have the best start for the Super Bowl LI finals in 2017. Halfway through the third quarter, the legendary team trailed behind the Falcons, leading with scores 28-3.
However, the Patriots soon turned the game around and, in the final minutes, scored 25 points. The game got pushed into overtime, and the Patriots clinched the title with the most dramatic comeback in NFL history. The game later came to be known as 28-3.
Leicester City Wins Premier League
In 2016, Leicester City was one of the most unlikely teams to win the Premier League when they entered. The team went in with only a little chance to lift the trophy, but the determined team refused to back down.
The underdogs went on with full force in the season, finishing 23-12-3 and lifting the trophy! The most unlikely win in almost a decade.
Alex Ovechkin Finally Wins the Stanley Cup
Alex Ovechkin was the face of hockey for almost a decade in the United States. The sportsman was one of the best of his teams, dominating games and leading the NHL scoreboard six times in goal in ten years.
However, Ovechkin’s dream of lifting the Stanley Cup was long overdue despite all this. His team finally won the prestigious cup in 2018 and brought the title to D.C.
Derek Jeter’s Final Hit at Home Stadium
Derek Jeter is a superhero among Yankee fans. The baseball player had an illustrious and fruitful career that spanned over two decades and played his last match in 2014 in his home stadium — and what better way to end!
The legendary player’s last hit was a walk-off single that made the fans, his teammates, and even the announcers go wild. Such a brilliant ending couldn’t have been written even if somebody tried, proving that, sometimes, reality is better than fiction.
Kobe Bryant Scores 60 Points in Last Game
2016 saw the end of an era when Kobe Bryant took to the court for the last time. During his 20-season stint with the Lakers, the basketball legend was an 18-Time All-Star.
His last match was at the Staples Center, and fans were going crazy knowing the specialty of the match. What made it even better was that Bryant played the game and scored 60 points, all thanks to his teammates and the home crowd.
The 2018 U.S. Open Final
The 2018 Women’s U.S. Open Final was a game full of controversy and drama, not just because of the players but because of everything.
Not only was the game an amazing one — 20-year-old Naomi Osaka beating her idol Serena Williams to take home the title — but it had a lot of other memorable moments. Some include Osaka in tears after winning, Williams embracing the young champion, and the umpire Carlos Ramos being booed by the crowd.
Klay Thompson’s 37 – Point Quarter
Basketball has seen many elite scorers trying to score basket after basket to make records, break down the norms and emerge victorious.
Despite having many such players, the most outstanding performance ever in the NBA was given by Klay Thompson in a 2015 match against the Sacramento Kings. Thompson scored 37 points in a single quarter, an almost unheard of feat. For basketball fans, it was the closest any player had to come to a perfect video game title, ‘on fire.’
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Three-Fingered Catch
Football was thought to be played with brute strength and speed and was attributed to being a caveman sport. However, some key moments, like a 2014 Sunday Night Football Game, have changed the perception.
In this game, the famous Odell Beckham Jr. Made a beautiful catch near the goal line, using just three of his fingers. This proved that grace and flexibility are as important as everything else to play the game in the best way possible.
Isner Vs Mahut — The Longest Match in Tennis History
This was the match that refused to end, and the two players refused to give up. Nicholas Mahut and Jonathan Isner went toe to toe in 2010 at Wimbledon in a match that lasted for three days.
Isner ultimately won, but the match became known for its duration more than the consequent win. The two went down in history for their long game and would probably hold the record forever as Wimbledon changed the rules regarding its tie-breakers.
Jordan Spieth Makes the Shot of the Decade
Jordan Spieth’s miraculous Shot at No.13 in the 2017 British Open was probably the most impressive athletic achievement of the decade.
After taking an unplayable lie, Speith quickly regrouped with his caddie, and the duo searched for 20 minutes to devise the perfect plan for the shot. Thankfully, the duo found it, and Spieth won the tournament.
Iceland’s Good Summer in the 2016 Euro Tournament
The football world has countries that reign at the top and have done so for almost all their existence. Iceland has never really been a strong contender, but the summer of 2016 saw all that change.
The country of barely 350,000 residents not only managed to pass the group stage and gain entry into their first Euros tournament, but they also managed to take down England 2-1. No fan could have ever dreamt of this happening.
Tonya Harding Gets Banned From USFSA
Iconic historical sports moments are all amazing, but some remain memorable for darker things. Indeed, competition sometimes breeds darkness, which is never more accurate than in the Winter Olympics in 1994.
Figure skating rivals Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were all set to compete to make it to the U.S. Olympics team when Kerrigan’s knee was intentionally hurt. The culprit turned out to be Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. Harding took a plea bargain, losing her title and getting banned from the USFSA.
Eric Heiden Sleeping in on His Big Day
Jitters before a big game are common, losing sleep over it even more so. That’s what happened to American speed skater Eric Heiden, who could not sleep before the fifth and final competition in the 1980 Olympics.
This led to him sleeping late and getting up late for his match! Thankfully, Heiden managed to get to the rink on time and won his fifth gold medal for the season, setting a new world record.
Federer Vs Nadal
In tennis, no male players are on a higher level than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The two have met repeatedly on the court and have even played one of the most extended games in tennis history with their 2008 Wimbledon final.
However, all this failed before the display of the two long-term rivals and friends at Federer’s farewell in 2022. The duo sat hand in hand, sobbing uncontrollably. The moment’s photo has garnered international acclaim, proving that sports bring everybody together.
New Zealand Team Performs a Ceremonial Dance
New Zealand’s rugby team shocked everybody in 1888 when they performed the ceremonial dance Haka in preparation for the game.
The dance, a pre-game ritual serving as a homage to the native people of New Zealand, the Maori, has become one of the most prominent pre-game rituals in sports history. The Māoris danced to show the tribe’s strength and unity, which are very important in any winning team.
Conor McGregor VS Aldo
Conor McGregor became an international sensation after his fight with the champion. Jose Aldo ended in a way nobody, serious McRoger fans, could have predicted.
13 seconds into the 2015 fight, McGregor knocked out opponent Aldo. The fight went down in history as the fastest finish for the UFC title, putting McGregor on top of the game worldwide.
American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown
The horse-racing world is elite. One of the most significant moments in the history of this exciting sport is when the horse American Pharaoh won the three powerful crowns in the same year.
No horse had achieved this feat for over 30 years when Bob Baffert’s house stole the triple crown in 2015. The three races include the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.
The Undefeated Rocky Marciano
Boxing legend Rocky Marciano retired with 49 wins under his belt. He declared his hanging up of the gloves in 1952 at the age of 32.
What cements this moment as a historical one is that Marciano remained undefeated throughout his career, winning all the fights he had ever played in his professional career. The heavyweight champion started fighting professionally in 1948, and until he stopped fighting, he wowed people with his prowess in the ring.
The Rumble in the Jungle
Muhammad Ali was a legendary fighter, but the boxer went through many problems before emerging victorious. Ali had to let go of all these boxing titles in 1967, with the decision only being overturned in 1971.
Three years later, Ali met heavyweight champion George Foreman in a match that went on for eight rounds. Not only did Ali emerge victorious and reclaim his crown, the event, known as Rumble in the Jungle, cemented his status as a legend in the field.
20+ Female Gymnasts and How They Look Now
Mary Lou Retton
Representing the United States, Mary Lou Retton became the first female gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around gold medal. This took place in 1984, which was also the most important year of her entire career.
During this time, Retton also won five medals and became a nationally popular sports figure. Sports Illustrated even named her the Sportswoman of the Year, which was an outstanding achievement at the time (and still is)! Thanks to her great success, Retton remained a member of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Alicia Sacramone is a U.S. gymnast who earned quite a controversial reputation after the 2008 Olympic Games. Sacramone was one of the favorites going into the competition but things didn’t really go her way.
During the team competition in 2008, Sacramone fell in two events and stopped the team from winning the gold medal. She carried the blame for these failings for quite a long time. Today, she’s married to the NFL quarterback Brady Quinn.
Lavinia Milosovici lived her five minutes of fame during the 1992 individual event finals when she got a perfect 10 score, which doesn’t happen very often during the Olympic games.
This Romanian gymnast won medals in every World Championship between 1991 and 1996 and thus became the third female gymnast to win one World Championship title in all four competition events.
Shawn Johnson was one of the best US gymnasts and the face of Team USA in 2008, right next to Nastia Liukin. She led the team to a silver medal in the all-around and on the floor as well.
Not only was Johnson an important part of the US Olympics team but she also served as an inspiration to many young athletes and women across the United States and the entire world.
Aliya Mustafina is one of the most popular Russian gymnasts who made a spectacular comeback in the 2012 Olympics. She scored a total of four medals this year, which ranked her as one of the best female gymnasts in the world.
Besides one silver medal she secured for the Russian team, Mustafina tied with a US representative Aly Raisman. She ended up winning the bronze medal because of a tie-break rule. She was also the winner of the 2010 World Championship and, unfortunately, she suffered a tough injury during the 2011 European Championship.
Mo Huilan was one of the most successful female gymnasts during the 1990s. She represented China in the 1996 Olympics where she finished in fifth place. Although she didn’t score a medal, her performance was quite impressive.
This Chinese gymnast was known for her challenging routines. She went out of her way to combine difficult moves and this often led to falls that stopped her from winning medals and titles.
Nastia Liukin is a member of the American gymnastics team who won a total of five medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her medals included gold in all-around, three silvers, and a bronze for the floor.
Nastia still remains known for her unique balletic style and the amazing performances on bars. After a couple of tragic falls during the U.S. Olympic Trials, Nastia had to bring her gymnastics career to an end.
It’s safe to say that Shannon Miller became one of the best gymnasts in U.S. history after her early ‘90s performances. During this time, Miller won seven Olympic medals and nine World Championship ones.
The 1992 Olympic Games event featured some of her best performances where she won the most medals of all American athletes at the time. Unfortunately, she lost the all-around gold to Tatiana Gutsu by only 0.012, which remains a very controversial result even until this day.
Lilia Podkopayeva is a Ukrainian gymnast known for being one of the only performers who had no major weaknesses at any event or category. This level of skillfulness and preparedness scored her multiple all-around titles throughout her career.
Interestingly, Lilia became the first female gymnast to take over Ludmila Tourischeva’s record by winning European, World, and Olympic all-around titles at the same time. She achieved all of this between 1995 and 1996, which ranked her at the top of the list as one of the best gymnasts of all time.
The Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivas was one of the best athletes who participated in the 1988 Olympic Games. Daniela surprised the world with incredible performances and she ended up winning medals in every single event.
She won a bronze on vault and gold on bars, beam, and floor. However, she lost the all-around gold to Yelena Shushunova by only 0.025 points. Still, Silivas remains one of the most successful Romanian gymnasts of all time!
Yelena Shushunova is another successful female gymnast from the Soviet Union. She is the winner of four Olympic medals, including the all-around gold she won during the 1988 Olympics.
Many sources still praise Yelena Shushunova for her amazing technique and powerful vaulting, as well as her persistency at choosing very difficult and challenging moves. After all, she has won medals in every category in major competitions.
Gabby Douglas is another American gymnast who made history after winning both the individual and the team all-around gold medal at the same event. This took place at the 2012 Olympics in London. At the same time, she became the first African-American athlete to win the all-around category.
Although Douglas ended her career quite recently, it’s always great to look back on the achievements of such successful American athletes. She also became the face of Kellogg’s cereal and an inspiration for millions of female athletes around the world.
Ludmilla Tourischeva is a gymnast from the Soviet Union who won the all-around gold at the 1972 Olympics. She was one of the best female gymnasts from this region and a true example of a classy and elegant style.
Sadly, Tourischeva was overshadowed by Olga Korbut during the 1972 Olympics but her achievements still didn’t go unnoticed. She ended up winning the all-around bronze in 1976 after displaying great style and technique.
Nellie Kim represented the Soviet Union in many gymnastics competitions between the 1970s and the 1990s. Her most memorable performances were in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, where she won three gold medals and one silver.
She also won two gold medals in the next 1980 Olympics event. What makes her stand out is the fact that Nellie became the first woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score on the vault!
Svetlana Boginskaya’s career went through its highest peak during the late 1980s. She became a world all-around champion during 1989 after winning four Olympic medals in 1988.
These included an all-around bronze, a vault gold, as well as a silver for the team and floor. After her stunning performances, Svetlana was named the Goddess of Gymnastics and thus became a popular name among athletes around the world.
When you think of popular female gymnasts who competed throughout history, Svetlana Khorkina should be at the very top of the list. Even though she never won an all-around gold, Svetlana remained one of the most successful gymnasts of all time.
She won seven Olympic medals and an impressive number of World Championship medals (a total of 20)! There was a reason why they named her the Queen of the Bars. Svetlana was the only female gymnast to win consecutive gold medals in this category in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2001.
As a member of the Soviet gymnastics team, Larissa Laynina became a two-time Olympic all-around champion in 1956 and 1960. With a total of 18 medals won throughout her career, Latynina earned the second-ranking among Olympians of all sports.
She is still remembered for her classic style and the way she makes difficult techniques look easy. Her routines were consistent and often very demanding. Altogether, Latynina remains an important part of the history of Russian gymnastics.
Ecaterina Szabo hit the spotlight during the 1984 Olympics when she was expected to win the all-around gold. However, her loss to Mary Lou Retton by only .05 quickly became the most controversial event at the competition.
However, she did manage to secure gold in the individual event finals for not one but three events – vault, beam, and floor. Szabo became the most successful athlete at the 1984 Olympics.
Representing the United States, Dominique Dawes got an opportunity of a lifetime when her teammate Kerri Strug got injured in the 1996 Olympics. After this injury, Dawes got an opportunity to compete in the finals and she managed to take a bronze medal for her team.
Dominique Dawes also wrote history by becoming the first female African-American gymnast to win a medal in an individual event. She was also the first black person to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics!
During her career, McKayla Maroney was a member of the American women’s gymnastics team also known as the “Fierce Five.” Along with her teammates, Maroney won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as a silver in the individual vault event.
A year earlier, she won a gold medal with the same team at the World Championship and, in 2013, she claimed first place on vault. Thus, she became the first female gymnast from the United States to defend a World Championship title.
Jamie Annette Dantzscher is an American former artistic gymnast who took the US Women’s Gymnastics team to new heights after helping them win bronze at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. At that time, her name was everywhere in the Gymnast world.
Dantzscher fell on the floor exercise during the team preliminaries in Sydney but still managed to complete well in the team finals. Dantzscher continued her passion for gymnastics while she got her degree at UCLA. Today, she coaches the sport professionally.
Simona Peycheva is described as one of the best female gymnasts to ever come out of Bulgaria. She began her victorious career at age six, focusing on rhythmic gymnastics.
Her specialties consist of the ball, the hoop, and the club. Today, she is still involved with the sport and is a well-known judge who scores competitions worldwide. She is also married and has a son named Aleksey.
Aly Raisman started gymnastics at just two years old. She became so devoted to the sport that she left high school to pursue her dream of going to the Olympics. The risk paid off because she went on to win three golds, two silvers, and a bronze for the US.
Raisman has an important side-job as an ambassador for UNICEF Kid Power. Aly’s name has also made headlines for her bravery in speaking out against abuse she faced at the hands of gymnastic team doctors.
Almudena Cid Tostado
Almudena Cid Tostado is a Spanish-born gymnast who began her career at age seven. Her main routine was in rhythmic gymnastics and she specializes in the ball. She went on to represent Spain in four different Olympics, including Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, and Beijing.
She retired in 2008, after 21 years of dedication to the sport. Today she is a Nike model and recently got married to Christian Galvez.
Giulia Steingruber is a Swiss-born artistic gymnast who began competitively training at an early age. She went on to compete in the London Olympics as the only gymnast representing Switzerland that year.
In 2015, she took home four medals at the European Games which was held in Baku. It is said that her success in Baku helped propel her professional career. She recently finished third on the vault at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.
Vasiliki Millousi is a Greek athlete whose primary apparatus is the balance beam. She competed on the Greek squad in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. However, she has yet to take home an Olympic medal.
With that being said, she has won four at the European Games and 10 medals at the world cup series. Despite being in her mid-30s, Millousi still competitively competes across the world.
Laurie Hernandez is an American gymnast who successfully participated in the Summer Olympics in 2016, being a member of the team coined, the Final Five. She has amassed a total of 11 medals from her gymnastics career, including 4 gold medals.
After her rise to fame from the Olympics, Hernandez competed in and won season 23 of Dancing with the Stars and wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography.
Madison Kocian is an American gymnast and a Final Five Olympic team competitor with 10 medals for the uneven bars under her belt. She took the silver medal home during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
She started studying at the University of California in 2016 and joined the NCAA gymnastics. It is unclear whether Madison will compete in the next Olympics in Tokyo.
Carly Patterson is a legend in the Gymnastic world after becoming a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of fame. She received this achievement for being the first American to ever win the Olympic gold medal for the all-around when she competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
After her very successful gymnastics career, she retired in 2006 due to severe back issues. In 2008, her singing career boomed after she signed a contract with MusicMind Reports. She even competed on the TV show Celebrity Duets with Jesse McCartney as her partner.
Kristina Baskett was late to enter the world of gymnastics and only really discovered her talent while studying at the University of Utah. While on the Utah Red Rocks Gymnastics Team, Baskett won the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American award, and the Dahl Award.
Her professional career today is fascinating as she typically works as a stunt double for actress Megan Fox. She has also done stunt performances in episodes on NCIS: Los Angeles, Agents of S.H.I.EL.D, and Game of Thrones.
Agnes Keleti is the greatest Hungarian gymnast of all time. Sadly, she went through a rough time during the Second World War when her family had to hide in a “Swedish House.”
After these tragic events, Keleti returned to her career with a spectacular comeback in 1948. She won 10 medals including 5 golden ones at the 1952 and the 1956 Olympics. The latter was definitely the most successful competition in her entire career.
Tatiana Gutsu is one of the most popular gold-medal gymnasts from the Soviet Union. She represented the Soviet Union when she secured an all-around gold for the team after beating Shannon Miller by .012.
Throughout her career, Gutsu won a long list of awards, including gold and silver on uneven bars in Barcelona. Her performances were exceptionally unique and interesting to watch, you might even want to look them up to witness her talent.
As one of the most successful gymnasts in Romania, Simona Amanar won seven Olympic medals throughout her career. With three Olympic golds, one silver, and three bronze medals, Simona secured her place in the history of Romanian sport.
Besides her individual achievements, Simona won four gold medals with the Romanian gymnastics team. There is even a vault named after her – The Amanar vault – the move that secured her the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.
Polina Astakhova was a representative of the Soviet Union gymnastics team who competed for the USSR between 1956 and 1964. During this time, she took part in three Olympic events and won an impressive total of 10 medals.
Her Olympic awards included five gold medals, two silvers, and three bronze ones. Some of Polina’s best performances were on uneven bars, although she was skilled at every single category.
Nadia Comaneci is a big part of the history of this sport because of her outstanding achievements. She scored the first-ever perfect 10 in an Olympic event and she was only 17 years old at the time.
At this age, she won the 1976 all-around gold, as well as gold for uneven bars and balance beam, silver for the team competition, and a bronze for the floor exercise. This was only the beginning of her outstanding career that earned her a forever spot in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She also received the Olympic Order, which is the highest award given by the International Olympic Committee.
The world of sports is extremely competitive, with bitter rivalries, matches that last for days, and moments that defy everything we thought was possible. Some poignant, some triumphing, these iconic moments from the history of sports have changed how we view the game and created an impact that has resonated through centuries. Read on to know more about these memorable sports moments.