Top 10 Most Patriotic Moments in Sports History


sporting events are always going to be a
central part of the American experience
in the fall Americans tuned in to watch
their favorite sports be at the NFL MLB
NHL and even the NBA every two years we
come together as a nation to support
Team USA in the winter or summer
olympics we even sometimes come together
to watch the United States compete in
World Cup play it’s happened from the
yellow ribbon tied around the Superdome
during Super Bowl 15 to remember
hostages taken in Iran to chants of USA
USA when a crowd in Philadelphia learned
about the death of Osama bin Laden
American sports fans and players wear
their American hearts on their sleeves
so let’s check out the top 10 most
patriotic moments in sports history
number 10 Team USA carries the World
Trade Center flag to the Olympics rarely
does a flag presentation at the Olympic
Games happen to a quiet crowd but as
eight members of Team USA flanked by
members of the New York Police
Department and New York Fire Department
marched the flag of the host country
into the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt
Lake City you could hear a pin drop the
flag they carried was found in the
rubble of Ground Zero and had flown atop
the World Trade Center in New York when
the buildings were attacked on September
11th 2001 that flag was under the debris
for three days before being found and
given to the National Guard it took some
time to convince the International
Olympic Committee who is responsible for
keeping politics out of the games to
approve the display of the torn and
tattered banner but on opening night the
World Trade Centers Old Glory flew
proudly once more number nine
ruling Gardner defeats the undefeated
for a decade Aleksandr Karelin was the
world’s dominant super heavyweight
wrestler by the time the 2000 Olympics
world around Karelin aka the Russian
bear aka
Alexander the Great hadn’t been defeated
in a match since Russia was still called
the Soviet Union Lehmann then that was
his only loss until he faced off with a
dairy farmer from
in six years Karelin hadn’t even given
up a single point to an opponent his
American opponent ruling Gardner hadn’t
placed higher than fifth in the world up
into this point and even lost a Karelin
five to nothing before but Karelin lost
his grip and a point to Gardner in the
second period number eight Mary Lou
Retton wins a gymnastic first a little
girl from West Virginia dealt a stunning
blow to the Eastern Bloc during the Cold
War when Mary Lou Retton brought home
Olympic gold in 1984 before Retton Team
USA was never able to wrest Olympic gold
from the Eastern Europe in the
individual all-around gymnastics event
she came into the event trailing
Romania’s Ekaterina Sabo and she even
had undergone a knee operation just five
weeks before competing in retton’s own
words she believes her performance
showed that American born and trained
athletes can do anything no matter what
the odds are 1999 Women’s World Cup
final the 1999 Women’s World Cup came
down to a shootout tiebreaker against
the Chinese with the score tied 0 to 0
in extra time the US team would end up
winning base on penalties it wasn’t so
much the gameplay that mattered
it was the drop with 90 thousand
spectators it was the largest turnout
for a women’s sporting event ever the
lasting image of the US win would be
brandi chastain x’ post penalty kicks
celebration of the victory or she fell
to her knees and took off her Jersey
revealing the sports bra seen around the
world that image became one of Sports
Illustrated’s most iconic covers ever
number six Joe Lewis knocks out a Nazi
in 1938 Hitler was still touting the
Germans as a master race while German
athletes competed the world over for top
honours on June 22nd Max Schmeling met
American champion the brown bomber Joe
Lewis the first time the two met in 1936
Schmeling took advantage of a moment
when Lewis dropped his left hand after
jab allowing Schmeling to give Lewis his
first loss in the 12th round of that
that would not happen again with the
world listening via radio and more than
70-thousand watching in Yankee Stadium
Lewis unloaded on Schmeling knocking him
down three times in just two minutes
smelling was only able to throw two
punches in the hole one round match
number five the champ lights the Olympic
torch lighting the Olympic flame at the
end of the torch relay is an honor
reserved for a legendary olympic athlete
from the host country does it get more
legendary than the greatest Muhammad Ali
except in 1996 the identity of the one
who would light the flame was a close
kept secret even swimmer Janet Evans who
was handing the torch off didn’t know to
whom she was handing it Holly was
stricken with Parkinson’s disease and
had long since retired by this point
when Ali emerged to take the Olympic
torch and light the flame the sound in
Atlanta was less a roar of applause and
more of the collective gasp of elated
surprise as the once great boxer shaking
lit the torch number four Rick Monday
saves the flag remember the MLB
outfielder Rick Monday he might be
before most of our audience’s time but
Monday was with the Los Angeles Dodgers
1981 World Series winning team before
that he was the top prospect in the 1965
Major League Baseball Draft somewhere in
between
he saved Old Glory from public
degradation in 1976 Monday was with the
Chicago Cubs visiting the Dodgers with
Monday in centerfield during the fourth
inning two protestors jumped the
outfield fence and tried to burn a flag
on live television Monday seeing what
was about to transpire ran over and
snatch the lighter fluid soaked flag the
protestors were arrested and Monday was
able to keep the flag ever since that
day Monday used the actual flag to raise
money for military families number three
the president’s post 9-11 opening pitch
it might be hard to imagine the leader
of the free world facing a new global
war on terrorism being psyched out by
throwing the first pitch in Yankee
Stadium
in his own words he absolutely was
thousands of New Yorkers came to the
stadium to watch President George W Bush
throw the pitch to open Game three of
the 2001 World Series it was also just
weeks after 9/11 he didn’t want
Americans to think the president was
incapable of finding the plate but as he
practiced Yankee Derek Jeter told him
that he needed to both throw from the
mound and not in front as originally
planned and not bouncing
they’ll boo you he told the President
Bush shaken but loose walked onto the
field and threw a strike to an eruption
of applause number two the Buckeye
bullet burns Hitler before he ever
arrived in Berlin for the 1936 Olympic
Games Jesse Owens had already set three
World Records and tied another at Ohio
State he won eight individual NCAA
championships which was a record in its
own right when he arrived in Berlin he
knew Nazi Germany was using the games as
a showcase for its racial policies but
he was determined to compete anyway
Owens went on to win four gold medals in
1936 and unrivaled achievement until
some fifty years later when Carl Lewis
did the same in 1984 when Owens won gold
in the long jump the Olympic Committee
told Hitler he had to greet all the
winners or none at all Hitler opted for
none as Owens won other events
Hitler would leave early Nazi minister
Albert Speer would later write that
Hitler was quote highly annoyed by the
series of triumphs by the marvelous
colored American runner and Jesse Owens
end quote
number one The Miracle on Ice would you
bet money on a bunch of college amateurs
taking on the world’s greatest hockey
team in a competition for Olympic gold
not many would and not many did as it
turns out that was the situation Team
USA faced in the 1980 Winter Olympics it
was a tough time for the United States
with hostages in Iran and energy crisis
and runaway inflation it looked like the
American Dream was coming to an end but
no words echoed through the ages like Al
Michaels do you believe in miracles as
Team USA topped the Soviet Union four to
three
one of the biggest upsets in sports
history that’s our list we hope it made
you as proud as it made us leave us a
comment and tell us your favorite
patriotic moments in sports history

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