The 15 Biggest Tear-Jerking Moments in Summer Olympic History

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The 15 Biggest Tear-Jerking Moments in Summer Olympic History
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Unlike baseball, there is all sorts of crying in the Olympics.

Athletes crying, spectators crying, coaches crying, even world leaders crying. Waterworks galore.

Now if we allow ourselves to be cynical, we can easily identify the elements of Olympic media coverage designed to exploit our emotions: the soaring orchestral anthems, the nationalist undertones, the deification of athletic struggle and so on.

But damn if it doesn't work.

The deep attachment so many of us feel to Olympic competition lives in these moments—triumphs and tragedies alike. Here are 15 of those moments that cracked even the most hardened cynic.

Note: This list is limited to moments that took place on the field of play or in official Olympic ceremonies.

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