Athletes Defined by One Iconic Moment

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Athletes Defined by One Iconic Moment
Alex Restrepo/Associated Press

Sports history is a living book—perpetually adding new chapters and undergoing revision. While the past gives us a vantage point to reassess the people and moments that wrote the most compelling chapters, rarely is the story primarily driven by a single moment; by a single play or decision.

Athletes come back from injuries, overcome personal tragedies and arrests; they come out of nowhere and steal the spotlight and then move on.  

But, sometimes an athlete's career—their life—is so defined by an individual moment in history, that any caveat is swallowed by it's influence.

For some, their moment is one defined by greatness; by being part of something special or seemingly improbable. For others, their best just can't shine through historic failure, or notoriety.

Regardless of why and how it happened, some of the most iconic moments in sports history are forever tied to a single name; and that name will always be known for that moment.

These are athletes whose legacy was defined by a single, iconic moment.



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