Strength is beautiful!
February 10, 1968: 19 year old American, Peggy Fleming wins the Olympic gold medal for figure skating in Grenoble, France.
Her award was singularly important for the American athletes and the nation as a whole, for this was the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in the 1968 Winter Games. It signaled a return to American dominance in the sport of women’s figure skating following the unprecedented tragedy when the entire 18-member US figure skating team was killed in a plane crash in 1961.
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Luz Long and Jesse Owens, the two contenders in the long jump competition, Berlin, 1936 -by Lothar Rübelt
“It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler… You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Luz Long at that moment.”
— Jesse Owens, cit.
Vintage fitspo: Olympic Champion diver, American Dorothy Poynton-Hill, Summer Games, Berlin, photographed by Lothar Rübelt, 1936
Pure Class: Jamaican Usain Bolt, widely heralded as “fastest man in the world,” interrupts interview to recognize American national anthem!
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the Men’s 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England.
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Do the work. Follow the dream. Be your best self.
22-year-old Idalys Ortiz of Cuba, 2012 Olympic women’s heavyweight judo champion. Ortiz is the first woman not from China or Japan to claim the title.
Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 medals, and the USA Women’s gymnastics team takes gold for only the second time in history, first since 1996.
Great day in American Olympic history. I’m so proud of them!