The 2012 Olympic Games start this Friday in London. We here at News Burner have compiled what we feel are some of the most iconic images in the history of the games. From Jesse Owens amazing run at the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he stunned Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts with four gold medals, to John Carlos and Tommy Smith standing with fists held high in protest over the the lack of human rights that African Americans were experiencing in the summer of 1968, the Olympics has had its fair share of controversial moments.
The Olympics in Rome in 1960 is where it all started for a young heavyweight fighter from Louisville named Cassius Clay, who would become the greatest athlete on the planet over the next 20 years. Wilma Rudolph set the track world on fire with her 3 gold medals in the 1960 games, earning her the nickname “the tornado.”
Before Michael Phelps broke every swimming record known to man with 8 gold medals in the 2008 Beijing games, Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals at the Munich games in 1972. But what most remember about the 1972 games was the massacre of Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village by Palestinian terrorists. It was the first time that TV cameras captured a terrorist event live on network television.
At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, a young 15 year old Romanian gymnast captured the imagination of the world, when she won 3 gold medals. Nadia Comeneci scored the first perfect 10 in female gymnastic competition in the Olympics. I traveled to Oklahoma City years ago to film a show for Oxygen Network on Nadia Comeneci. She is married to fellow Olympian Bart Connor.
For more iconic moments from the Olympics, check out [NYPost]