Great Sportsmanship Never Gets Old

Some of the great moments of sportsmanship at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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While the general consensus usually applauds its winners only, sportsmanship is number one in my book. These 2012 London Olympics has produced many a controversy as well as many great champions with jingoism and pomp. But there were also some truly heartfelt moments where the human spirit prevailing over nationality and race. Here are some of the great moments of sportsmanship that moved me. These pictures say it all. What was yours? 

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Grenada’s Kirani James exchanges name bibs with South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee athlete to ever compete at the Olympic games, after the men’s 400 meter semi-final race. Kirani went on to win the the 400 meter finals, winning Grenada’s first ever Olympic gold medal. 

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Kirani and Oscar embrace after the 400 meter heat. Makes me all teary-eyed. 

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Hungarian Balazs Baji raises Chinese star Liu Xiang’s hand aloft after Liu hops across the finish line in the Men’s 110 meter hurdles. Liu, the 2004 Athens Olympic Champion, stumbles on the first hurdle and re-aggravates his Achilles tendon, which caused him to pull out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Broke my heart when he fell. 

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Brit Andrew Turner and Spaniard Jackson Quinonez help Liu off the track, competitors recognizing that Liu is one of the great champions in the sport of hurdles. Liu was the first Asian man to ever win gold in track and field history. 

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Japan’s Aya Miyama consoles France’s Camille Abilly after the women’s football (soccer for us Yanks *LOL*) semi-final match in London, in which Japan defeated France. Japan later on ends up with sliver in the finals. 

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How touching is this. Abilly appreciating the kind gesture by Miyama, placing a hand on her wrist. This makes me have hope for humanity. 

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China’s Chen Yibing congratulating and hugging Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti for capturing gold in the still rings event finals of gymnastics. Many believe Chen should have won gold, but he was gracious and showed such great sportsmanship in “defeat,” even kissing his silver medal. This is the first ever gold medal for Brazil in gymnastics. 

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Chen kissing his silver medal, showing his grace in taking second place. For many athletes, silver is not good enough and symbolizes losing. He is the 2008 Olympic Champion on still rings. 

Great sportsmanship never gets old! Keep the flame burning!

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  1. Posted August 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    So many athletes this days train with those from other countries and get to know them as friends off the track. Nice pictures here. I too saw lots of such moments.

  2. Posted August 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Wow! That’s something! Thanks.

  3. Posted August 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful and heartfelt piece. I remember that moment when James exchanges bibs with Pistorius. That was awesome! This is what the Olympic games were meant for–to bridge differences and bring people together with sportsmanship.

  4. Posted August 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Well written. Thank you.

  5. Posted August 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    With the World in a long deep recession, these Olympic games
    have lifted our spirits in the UK, and I hope around the world.
    Every athlete in the Olympics deserves a medal to me.
    An absolutely brilliant Olympics.

  6. Posted August 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Great post thanks for sharing

  7. Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Lady Sunshine, I saw lots of those moments you are talking about and I was moved and touched by such great sportsmanship. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, excellent writing!!

  8. Posted August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I Like It

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