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London 2012: The 5 Most Dramatic Olympic Moments

Zak SchmollAnalyst IDecember 15, 2016

London 2012: The 5 Most Dramatic Olympic Moments

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    The London Olympics are over, but I don't think anybody will forget them any time soon. These games in particular seemed to be more intense and dramatic than ever.

    Some great stories emerged, including the rise of Missy Franklin and the U.S. women's soccer team's last-minute victory over Canada courtesy of Alex Morgan.

    However, along with these exciting stories, there was also heartbreak. The badminton scandal really made major waves at the Olympics.

    All of these added to the overall drama surrounding the games, but here are the top five most dramatic moments from London 2012.

5. McKayla Maroney Winning the Silver Medal in Vault

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    McKayla Maroney was brought with the U.S. gymnastics team as a vault specialist, and she did an amazing job helping Team USA win the team gold medal.

    However, when it came to competing in the individual events, she fell on her second attempt.

    You would have thought that the world had fallen apart by the reaction that she received following her failure to secure gold.

    However, a silver medal is by no means something to be disappointed with. It was simply because she was expected to be so dominant in this competition that quite a bit of media drama ensued.

4. Usain Bolt Defending His Titles

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    Usain Bolt was the fastest man in the world. However, given some of his performances leading up to the Olympics, many were wondering if he would be able to retain that title.

    After all, his own teammate, Yohan Blake, beat him in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the Olympic trials.

    However, all of the drama was over as soon as Bolt started running.

    He was a little off his world-record pace, but still ran an incredibly strong Olympics and will be going back to Jamaica with two more individual gold medals and one more relay gold.

3. Michael Phelps Not Making the Podium

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    Michael Phelps came to the Olympics one last time to try to break the record for the most individual medals in Olympic history. His path towards breaking that record started with the 400-meter individual medley.

    Unfortunately for Phelps, he ended up just off the podium in fourth place after barely qualifying for the finals to begin with. Of course, he did eventually win his medals and break the record, but that was the first time we saw him appear at least vulnerable.

2. Team USA's Last-Minute Victory over Canada

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    The women's soccer tournament began with Team USA making a systematic climb towards the championship.

    Headed by superstars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, the team seemed to be almost unbeatable.

    However, Canada put up a fight, and it took a header by Morgan in the 123rd minute to finally help Team USA put away a 4-3 victory. Perhaps penalty kicks might have been more dramatic, but the goal will live on in Olympic history for a long time.

1. Jordyn Wieber Elimination from the All-Around

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    Jordyn Wieber really didn't perform all that badly when she was qualifying for the women's all-around.

    In fact, she ended up being the fourth best gymnast in the world.

    Normally, that would be an exciting thing. The problem was that two of her teammates, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, finished ahead of her.

    The rules state that only two gymnasts from each country can advance to the final, and Wieber was therefore unfortunately eliminated.

    The Internet erupted in a giant debate as to whether or not she should have been eliminated. After all, the only thing she did wrong was be surpassed by two very talented teammates.

    This was hands-down the most dramatic moment in the Olympics.

     


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