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The Top 10 Most Inspirational Olympic Moments Of All Time

26 July 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | TheFabLife - Movies | See recent TheFabLife - Movies news »

The Olympics are upon us once again! Time to stop by Costco for an entire pallet of Kleenex! If you’re like us, you enjoy watching the Games as much for the stories of human triumph as for the actual sports-joyment of it. While there have been dozens, if not thousands, of tear-jerking, heartwarming, faith-in-humanity-restoring Olympic memories, we present to you (in no particular order) our Top 10 Most Inspirational Olympic Moments of All Time. So feel free to get a little weepy. That’s what those 800 boxes of tissue are for.

10) Nadia Comaneci, 1976 Summer Olympics, Montreal, Canada

Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was not only a medal-winning machine. Due to her uneven bar routine at the 1976 Olympics, Nadia was also the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10. Ever. Comaneci would go on to receive six more perfect 10s in her Olympic career, which begs the question: Can you imagine giving »

- Halle Kiefer

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Salute – review

12 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Ioc furthers its reputation for frigid pomposity in Matt Norman's documentary about black-power-saluting athletes

Matt Norman's documentary about a great Olympic controversy raises more questions than it answers. At the 1968 Mexico games, African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the gold and bronze medallists in the 200m race, gave the black-power salute on the podium to protest about racism, Vietnam and civil rights. Perhaps more sensationally still, the Australian silver medallist Peter Norman wore the same human-rights badge as Smith and Carlos as a quiet gesture of solidarity. The Americans were thrown out of the games by the Ioc, and Norman was cold-shouldered by Australia's stuffy athletic establishment, and not even invited to the 2000 Sydney games. But who was Peter Norman? The film depicts an independent-minded, working-class figure, steeped in the Christian egalitarianism of his parents, who were members of the Salvation Army. When Smith and Carlos »

- Peter Bradshaw

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