Every four years, track and field has its chance to shine on the ultimate stage in sports, the Olympic Games. With so many compelling athletes and narratives emerging every Olympiad, it is no wonder that lasting memories are made in every Games.
As fans would hope, some of the world’s best athletes have taken full advantage of the moment and produced some of the more iconic and stunning performances of all time.
Moreover, some of the great drama in sports history has taken center stage on the track in the form of redemption stories, epic rivalries and unforgettable controversies that resonate years later.
The grand arena and bigger-than-sport feel of the Olympics has also allowed athletes to take stands that transcend track and field and push worldwide issues to the consciousness of everyone watching.
With all those elements in mind, I present to you a list of the top 10 most memorable moments in Olympics track and field history.
A quick disclaimer on the list: The list will be skewed to recent events. I am a young guy, and most of what I can remember I saw or heard about from my parents or people of that generation. So, I apologize in advance to worthy greats of the Olympics like Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Emil Zatopek and Babe Didrikson.