When: 1988 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Sport: Men's figure skating
What happened: Figure skating has always been the most popular winter sport when it comes to American Olympic audiences, and to further that interest, a rivalry developed between Brian Boitano of the United States and Brian Orser of Canada. Orser was the 1984 Olympic silver medalist, while Boitano won the 1986 World Championships and Orser followed up with the 1987 worlds title.
The pair were head and shoulders above the rest of the men's competition heading into Calgary, and Orser was considered the favorite thanks to the home setting. They were neck-and-neck after the compulsory competition and short program, adding even more drama to the final skate, what was then known as the long program.
Both skaters were nearly flawless in their performances, but despite Orser finishing higher on four judges' scorecards (to three for Boitano), Boitano earned the gold by virtue of his technical scores on the remaining judges' cards.