Aug. 21, 2004 - Michael Phelps wins eighth medal at Summer Olympics in Greece

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Michael Phelps left Athens with six gold and two bronze medals. His eight total medals tied him with Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin for the most medals ever won by a competitor at a single Olympic Games.

Since then, Phelps has become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. In Beijing in 2008, he broke Mark Spitz's record by winning eight gold medals. After his performance in London in 2012, he now has 22 medals, including 18 gold medals.

Mar. 4, 1968 - Joe Frazier TKO’s Buster Mathis to win the heavyweight title

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Buster Mathis and Foe Frazier met twice as amateurs, with Mathis, who weighed over 300 pounds, winning both on points. In the 1964 Olympic Trials, Mathis defeated Frazier but suffered a thumb injury in training, allowing Frazier to replace him at the Summer Games in Tokyo. Frazier went on to win the gold medal.

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Mar. 3, 1974 - George Foreman successfully defends his title by knocking out Ken Norton in two rounds

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On January 22, 1973, George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier to become the world heavyweight champion. He went on to defend his title successfully twice during his initial reign as champion.

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Feb. 24, 2002 - Team Canada defeats the U.S., 5-2, to win Gold Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics

Team Canada and the US faced off in the final. For both nations, the gold-medal game came coincidentally on the anniversary of each nation’s last gold medal in men’s Olympic hockey. Canada last won 50 years previously at the 1952 Winter Olympics when they tied the US 3-3 (Olympic ice hockey previously only had a round-robin portion). The US won their last gold medal when they defeated Finland two days after “The Miracle on Ice" in 1980. Both games, coincidentally were played on a Sunday.

The Canada-USA final was tied at 2–2, however Canada then scored three goals to win 5–2. It was only the second time and first in 70 years that the US men’s hockey team lost an Olympic game on home soil. The first loss came against Canada (a 2-1 OT loss) in their first game at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

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Feb. 21, 1992 - Kristi Yamaguchi of U.S. wins Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating

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In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi won her first U.S. title and gained a spot to the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Joining her on the U.S. team were again Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. While competitors Harding and Japan’s Midori Ito were consistently landing the difficult triple axel jump in competition, Yamaguchi instead focused on her artistry and her triple-triple combinations in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded skater. Both Harding and Ito fell on their triple axels at the Olympics, allowing Yamaguchi to win the gold, despite errors in her free program, including putting a hand to the ice on a triple loop and a double salchow instead of a planned triple.

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"If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today." - Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K.

"Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart." - Jim Abbott

Give it your all.

"Great moments are born from great opportunity." - Herb Brooks

Seize the moment.

"It’s hard to win, but it’s harder to keep winning." - Alexandre Bilodeau

Repeat!

Feb. 1, 1995 - John Stockton surpassed Magic Johnson to become the all time NBA assists leader

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Needing 11 assists to break Magic Johnson's all-time NBA mark of 9,221, Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic before the first half is over against Denver. And, appropriately, the record-breaking assist comes via a pass to Karl Malone. The record breaker comes in Stockton’s 860th game; Magic needed 874 for his total. In a message to Stockton via Jumbotron, a smiling Magic says, “John, from one assist man to another, you are the greatest team leader I have ever played against.”

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#MJMondays

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With the third pick of the 1984 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls pick Michael Jordan.

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Jan. 24, 1976 - George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in the 5th round of a real slugfest

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After losing his title, George Foreman remained inactive during 1975. In 1976, he returned to boxing in Las Vegas against Ron Lyle, (who had been defeated by Muhammad Ali in 1975 by a TKO in round 11, while leading on all scorecards by 6-4) in a fight hailed by Ring Magazine as “The Fight Of The Year.” Foreman and Lyle took turns whaling away at each other and in five rounds, they hit the deck five times.

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"Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life. It’s what you do after that really counts." - Ralph Boston

Cool photo! Ralph Boston, right, with Jesse Owens after breaking Owen’s 25-year-old long jump record.

"Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it." - Jesse Owens

"I’ve made a promise to myself to be a 100% healthy person if nothing else." - Picabo Street

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