Olympics, as we all know, is a gathering of thousands of athletes competing to be the best. The event has athletes from as many as 206 countries as reported in 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The Olympic games occur every four years. Most of the Olympic games are often fast sports, where we have seen games lasting for a mere 10 seconds which keep the audience on the edge of their seats all time.
The likes of these games are not often hyped as it lacks a particular fanbase or a fan following even though there have been individuals who have redefined the sporting world. The major drawback to these games is how frequently the games are being played?
It's very rare, right? So when you don't have anything to offer to the fans, that too in a sporting industry, it's hard to keep up with the big sports and leagues.
Here is a list of top 3 moments in Olympics.
#1 Usain Bolt creates history in Beijing Olympics 2008
Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man the world has ever seen. He has been a phenomenon in the Athletics world and has bolted 11 world records to his name. It was 2008 Beijing Olympics that turned out to be a golden event as he created three records which include:
100-meter dash: 9.69 seconds (Later this record was surpassed by himself in Berlin world Athletics championships 2009)
200-meter dash: 19.31 seconds (Later this record was surpassed by himself in Berlin world Athletics championships 2009)
4x100 meter relay: He along with his teammates completed the race in 37.10 seconds.
The stat and the math were staggering, almost unbelievable. He was all over the media channels, people started comparing him to Cheetah. Bolt never seemed running to win the game, it was all about creating the world records that would probably leave the world with OMG moments.
To just get a quick understanding of how fast Usain Bolt is, let's consider his 100-meter record. Breaking down the math, 100 meters in 9.58 seconds would mean 10.44m/s which accounts to 23.35mph, That's how Bolts runs.
#2 Joseph Schooling - The boy who beat his childhood hero
Joseph Schooling shocked the swimming world by defeating the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. It was in 2016 Rio Olympics when Joseph won the gold in the 100m butterfly at a record time of 50.39 seconds while Phelps had to settle for the silver finishing at 51.14 seconds.
Joseph was thrilled and all the fans across the world knew the magnitude of that win. It indeed was the beginning of a new era. It did seem surreal as Joseph himself quoted to the media post game.
The story of Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling is quite interesting, Joseph had met his childhood hero Phelps in Singapore before the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eight years later both of them met as competitors at 2016 Rio Olympics and as we all know the rest is history.
Clinching the first ever gold to a nation at the age of 21 by defeating the veterans of the craft takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
This event is surely a defining one because this event saw the end of an Era, Michael Phelps retiring after a 24-year career with pure dominance and a rise of a new superstar, Joseph Schooling.
The sport continues to entertain and inspire people around the world with the likes of dedicated athletes like these.
#3 Michael Phelps wins eight Gold medals
Michael Phelps is one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. Phelps had every single swimming record to his name when he finally announced his retirement on Aug 12, 2016.
A small kid hailing from Baltimore with dreams to the most decorated Olympian of all time spanned over 16 long years from his Olympic debut in 2000 when he was 15 years old to 2016 when he passed on the baton to the younger generation. He has had a great influence on the sport as well as millions of aspiring swimmers.
Michael Phelps, the human fish, made it huge this time. He became the first and the only Olympian to win eight Golds at a single Olympics by breaking Mark Spitz's record of 7 medals.
Out of the total eight medals won in 2008 Olympics, seven were won by creating a new world record and that was something out of one's imagination and that purely depicted he was in the best form of his life.
List of races won in 2008 Beijing Olympics
Race 1. The 400-meter individual medley
Race 2. The 4x100 freestyle relay
Race 3. The 200 free
Race 4. The 200 butterfly
Race 5. The 4x200 free relay
Race 6. The 200 individual medley
Race 7. The 100 butterfly
Race 8. The 4x100 medley relay
The comparisons are over. Michael Phelps is arguably the best Olympian of all time.