10 Transcendent Olympic Moments

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About Liam Day

Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared at Slow Trains Apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma Stymie, the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He lives in Boston, where he works as a public health professional. He is the Sports Editor at The Good Men Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @LiamDay7.


  1. I am really excited to see the opening! I heard that they even deleted some videos from the rehearsals on youtube.

  2. What about Kerri Strug’s one footed vault landing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFn47a_Ny0Y

    • Joanna Schroeder says:

      That was TOTALLY amazing. I’m so with you on that.

      Or that ex-con that reformed his life and then became a medaling swimmer?

  3. Excellent list, thoroughly convincing, and it doesn’t even overlap with any of the choices we made over here at Ryeberg. There are so many to choose from!


    Let the games begin!

  4. I disagree.

    There is a difference between entertainment and action.

    Hedonistic societies need entertainment to allow people to escape from the world.

    There is a difference in the between the man who watches and the man who does.

  5. I love the Gardner/Karelin match… watch it every couple of years and never fail to be impressed with it. Even a real Kodiak like Karelin couldn’t lock his arms around that big, barrel chest. My favorite Olympic moments are probably the super-heavyweight clean and press competition between Serge Reding and Vasily Alexeev in 1972 where Reding broke the world’s record with 228kg and Alexeev then demolished that, moments later, with 230kg. Totally unbelievable power in the torso and arms from those two men.

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  2. [...] in London. Two weeks ago, to mark the start of the 2012 Games, I offered up a list of the 10 Most Transcedent Moments in Olympic History. Now, to mark their close, I offer up a list of 10 transcendent moments from the last two [...]

  3. [...] Furthermore, that wrestling can have a dramatic flair is an understatement. Gardner’s upset of Karelin was ranked Number Seven in the Bleacher Report’s Top Ten Sport Upsets just two short years ago, and was included in The Good Men Project’s list of 10 Transcendant Olympic Moments. [...]

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