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Rumble In the Jungle

Greatest Sporting Moments in History

Sport comes in many forms, from the athletic stadium to the football field, from the racetrack to the boxing ring from the ice rink to the ski slopes sport is around us everywhere and since the invention of television we can all now watch sporting events live in our own homes from any country in the world.

There are some good sporting moments in history and there are some great sporting moments and then there are the moments in sport that everyone remembers and talks about for the rest of their lives this page is dedicated to those magic moments in sport that got the whole world excited, even if you weren't born at the time they happened you have heard about them through older friends and relatives.

Seabiscuit V War Admiral 1838

Horse Racing

It was called the Match of the century, and on November 1st 1938 at the Pimlico race track in the USA 40million tuned in to their radios to listen to the race between War admiral and Seabiscuit, arguably the greatest two race horses of all time, War Admiral was the odds on favorite to win, but Seabiscuit a much smaller horse, ran the race of his life to win by 4 lengths.

The story of Seabiscuit was later made into a movie in 2003.

Rumble In The Jungle 1974

Boxing

The Rumble in the Jungle is without a doubt the most remembered and relived boxing match of all time, on October 30th 1974, George Forman and Muhammad Ali faced each other, in Zaire.

Almost no one, not even Ali's long-time supporter Howard Cosell, gave the former champion a chance of winning. Analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton had given Ali four tough battles in the ring and won two of them, while Foreman had knocked out both of them in the second round.

The fight lasted until round 8 after Muhammad Ali hit Foreman with a combination of punches that left him on the canvas, and he was unable to beat the standing count.

In 1996 the Documentary film "When we were kings", based on the Rumble in the Jungle won an Oscar.

Jessie Owens Debunks the Arian Myth 1936

Athletics

The Berlin Olympics was the stage for one of the greatest athletes who ever lived, Jessie Owens gave Adolf hitler's Arian race superiority theory a severe kick in the teeth when he broke three world records on his way to four Gold medals.

Owens won the 100 meters in an Olympic-record 10.3 seconds, the long jump, setting an Olympic record of 26-53/8 and the 200 meters in an Olympic-record 20.7 seconds. Owens won his fourth gold medal, leading off the 4x100-meter relay that would set a world record at 39.8 seconds.

Stick that where the sun don't shine Adolf.

The Movie The Jessie Owens Story was released in 1984.

Roger Bannister Breaks the 4 minute mile 1954

Athletics

On the Iffley Road track in Oxford England on June 5th 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes in front of over 3000 spectators, his pace makers by the names Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway pushed him to finish in the time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

This event was aplauded by people all over the world.

the Movie Four Minutes was released in 2005 celebrating the achievement

Nadia Comaneci 1976

Gymnastics

At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, during the team gymnastics event a fourteen years old Romanian girl Nadia Comaneci made history by becoming the first ever person to get a perfect ten score, when she stunned the officials with her uneven bars routine.

she went on to win 6 more perfect ten scores during those olympics and won the all-around, beam and bars titles and a bronze medal on the floor exercise. The Romanian team also placed second in the team competition.

The Movie Nadia was released in 1984

USA V Soviets 1980

Ice Hockey

Lake Placid was the venue for one of sports greatest upsets, The Ice hockey match between The USA and the Soviet Union, on the 22nd of February 1980 during the winter Olympic games,became known as "The miracle on ice".

The American team of amatures and college players were thought to have no chance of defeating the Soviet team, and they surprised the world with a 4-3 win, the Usa team went on to beat Finland 4-2 in the finals to take the gold.

Just one week previously in an exhibition match the Soviet team beat the Americans 10-1.

At the height of the cold war This was a sweet victory for the USA.

A movie, Miracle on Ice, starring Karl Malden as Brooks and Steve Guttenberg as Craig, aired on television in 1981, and was released in theaters in 1989. It incorporates actual game footage and original commentary from the 1980 Winter Games.

A second movie about the hockey victory called Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Brooks, was released in 2004. Al Michaels recreated his commentary for most of the games. The final ten seconds, however, and his "Do you believe in miracles? YES!!!" call, were from the original broadcast and used in the film since the filmmakers felt that they could not ask him to recreate the emotion he felt at that moment.

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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Jimmy,

When I came to this hub I was pretty sure that I would be a bit lost in the sports arena since I haven't been an avid sports fan (except football). However, I definitely remember the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. My Dad watched boxing so, of course, I watched it at that time as well.

I am curious, though, correct me if I am wrong, but at this time, wasn't Muhammed Ali known as Casious Clay? I seem to recall that he changed his name later or am I cinfused on that?

Bonnie


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Bonnie, thanks for your comment.

Muhammad Ali was actualy born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 and changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964.

.....jimmy


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Ok, thanks, Jimmy. I wasn't sure when he changed his name but thought he had. I see I misspelled it too LOL. At least my memory isn't going cockeye altogether! LOL

Bonnie


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

LOL Bonnie, we all make spelling errors, so nothing to worry about .....jimmy


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Thanks for the memories, Jimmy. I remember watching the '76 olympics as well as the '80 winter games. Good stuff!


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

I remember the rumble in the jungle, i thought it was fantastic, thanks for your comment rmr.....jimmy


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yenseca 8 years ago from Canada

Although it was before I was born, I have seen the rumble in the jungle match a few times. It seems like I get more exited watching older sports videos than upcoming events. Floyd Mayweather has got my interest in boxing today though with his small size and undefeated streak of 39-0-0 and 25 knockouts. Seems to be on the same road as ali who ended his career at 56-5-0 and 37 knockouts.


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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Jimmy, as a sports fan, this is an awesome collection of unique events. Seabiscuit, Nadia, the 4 minute mile, Jesse....What I really like is the social significance of Jesse and the triumph of the underdog.


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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks Paul I really enjoyed researching this hub, finding the videos on utube was a great feeling, and I love the fact that Jessie Owens gave the "Master race" a major smack in the face, Thanks everyone for commenting.......

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