10 Greatest Upsets in Summer Olympic History

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10 Greatest Upsets in Summer Olympic History
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Incredible upsets are one of the biggest reasons people watch sports, and the Summer Olympics have been host to some of the most memorable underdog stories in sports history.

From team events to individual competition, athletes have been performing seemingly impossible feats since the modern games started in 1896. 

The stage has moved from continent to continent, and evolved from decade to decade, but one thing has remained: drama.

Athletes put themselves through grueling training regimens for four years just for a chance at a brief moment of glory—one which can be snatched away from them in the blink of an eye.

Every now and then, spectators are gifted the opportunity to watch an athlete or team overcome all odds and win gold under incredible circumstances.

This list will focus on these upsets. There have been many great underdogs at the Summer Games, but only 10 will make the cut.

Due to limited space on the list, a gold medal must have been won to make the countdown. 

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