Today is a Summer Olympics edition of the Tuesday Ten. Let's take an objective, unbiased look at the Olympics through the years.
Paavo Nurmi - Gold in the 1500, 5000, cross country run, and team 3000 and cross country run. Though the 1920 gold medal winner in the 10000, he was held out of the race so other Finns could compete. After the Olympics, he would set a world record at the distance which would last for 13 years.
Johnny Weismuller - Won three gold medals in swimming and a bronze as a member of the U.S. water polo team. Would win two golds in swimming at the 1928 Olympics before embarking on an acting career which included several film roles as Tarzan and Jungle Jim.
Jesse Owens - Gold in the 100, 200, 4 X 100 relay, and long jump.
|Jumping higher than the stadium walls.|
Emile Zatopek - Gold in the 5000, 10000, and marathon.
Bob Mathias - Gold in the decathlon after winning it in 1948 as well.
Billy Mills - Gold in the 10000. Also, I have his autograph.
fight Ali three times, defeating him once. Was also world heavyweight champion from February 1970 - January 1973.
|Hayes be like: Who let all the slow Euros into the Olympics?|
1968: Mexico City
Dick Fosbury - Gold in the high jump. Invented the Fosbury Flop, seen here.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos - Gold and bronze in the 200.
Black September Attack - Terrorism against the Israeli team.
|Spitz be like: I don't even need a swim cap.|
Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.
1984: Los Angeles
Commie Boycott - Because they're whiny little b*tches.
Michael Johnson - Gold in the 200 and 400.
Team gold, gold for Miller in balance beam, silver for Chow in uneven bars, and bronze for Dawes in floor exercise.
Misty May / Kerri Walsh - Gold in beach volleyball. They also won it in 2004 and 2012.
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|Adjusting her swimsuit after some between-dive amore. #Italian|
Question for readers: What made Billy Mills' accomplishment extra noteworthy?