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The 10 Most Extreme Moments in Sports

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 2, 2017

The 10 Most Extreme Moments in Sports

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    With the ability to defy gravity and physically-dominate their craft, fearless athletes never cease to amaze the eager world of sports.

    However, amidst a plethora of stellar occurrences, only a select few athletic performances truly gain immortality for the jaw-dropping reactions they create.

    These moments continue to excite worldwide viewers.

    Here are the 10 most extreme moments in sports.


10. Shaun White Gets Twisted

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    After wiping the drool off the keyboard, we can appreciate Shaun White's innate ability to exceed all expectations.

    The two-time Olympic gold medalist and his illustrious Double McTwist 1260 will forever be cemented in boarding lore.

9. Bob Beamon Takes Flight

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    While many NFL running backs struggle to muscle forward for one yard, Bob Beamon seemingly had athleticism figured out.

    His long jumps of 29' and 2.5 inches at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City eclipsed the world record by more than two feet and undoubtedly caused the entire sports world to erupt.

8. Turning Water into Wine

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    While we'd love to see Usain Bolt try this new phenomenon called "Liquid Mountaineering," this athlete seemingly has the ideal speed marked down.

    This new sport, also referred to as hydro sprinting, is conquering all assumptions and showing fans that nothing is impossible.

    Now it's time for this man to walk on water.

7. Manning His Position

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    During arguably the greatest Super Bowl in NFL history came arguably the greatest catch.

    The 7-7 G-Men are surely yearning for that same luck during their next two games in hopes of a playoff spot.

6. Kerri Strug Shrugs off Defeat

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    Strap on some pads and hand Kerri Strug the pigskin.

    Despite crushing her ankle on the previous jump, this tough member of the United States team (performing here at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996) didn't give up.

    Her one-footed vault is an inspiration to all.

5. Robbie Maddison

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    While 278 feet over the Corinth Canal in Greece may not have been his best jump (322 feet over a regulation football field shattered world records), it was easily the most treacherous task ever for Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison.

    His life is constantly on the line.

4. Jamie Pierre Clears a Path

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    Norwegian skier Fred Syversen's 351-foot jump may have unintentionally become the world record, but Jamie Pierre's 255-foot masterpiece was the most epic.

    Precisely trained and properly balanced, Pierre (R.I.P.) was seemingly a pioneer of his craft.

3. The Band Is on the Field

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    This 1982 classic between Cal and Stanford will forever be dissected and analyzed, appreciated and revered.

    It is the play that continues to shadow college football and entertain the old and new throng of fans paying close attention.

    The band clearly did all they could.

2. Garrett McNamara Carves out His Niche

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    As he approached this ever-increasing 90-foot wave, fearless waterman Garrett McNamara undeniably felt immortal.

    After finishing this exhilarating moment of euphoria, a remarkable world record was naturally broken by this big wave champion.

1. Jake Brown Shakes It off

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    He may have landed the first-ever 720 before the famed fall, but Australian skateboarder Jake Brown is perhaps more remembered for this 40-foot accident.

    While the extremity of the moment speaks for itself, his ability to walk off the course following the accident makes this even more shocking.

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