JUMPING LIFE'S OLYMPIC-SIZED HURDLES

IN EVERY Olympic Games, there are moments so striking that they remain with us vividly—even years after the closing ceremonies are over. As a child I just loved watching Kip Keino, the incredible middle-and long-distance runner from rural Kenya, who won the gold in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. Then there was the culmination of the USA's victory over the USSR in a 1980 Olympic hockey semifinal, when the announcer exclaimed, "Do you believe in miracles?"

How about those incredible images of Russian gymnast Olga Korbut on the balance beam in the '72 and '76 Summer Olympics? And spectators loved watching the successes of speed skater Dan Jansen in the 1994 Winter Olympics, figure skater Sarah Hughes in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and, in the 1988 Games in Calgary, the Jamaican bobsled team, who competed well enough to come in 14th, beating both American sleds.

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