Throwback Thursday: Olympics of Years Past

Take a look at what made past Olympic games unique.
3:00 | 02/13/14

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Look -- Sochi where the winter games are under way this morning. And that brings us to this throwback Thursday where we are offering some of the most memorable moments in Olympic history there aren't. Sell many amazing and inspirational moments that have taken place in the decades. Since the modern Olympics began but what most stunning -- to be what happened in the 1936. Summer games in Berlin Germany the Olympics were held -- Nazi Germany Hitler planned to show the world that the -- people were the dominant race but Jesse Owens proved them wrong always became the first American to win four track and field medals in a single Olympics. That record was unbroken for 48 years. And then 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid New York where legendary big games produce some of the most dramatic moments in Olympic history -- first -- American speed skating Eric Heiden has been called the most successful winter Olympian in a single Olympics ornament and the best speed skater in history played and won all five of the gold medals in men's speed skating and set a world record for the 101000 -- tonight one of the most notable highlights of that 1980 winter games is known as the miracle on -- ZUS men's hockey team was made out of college an amateur players brought together by -- in 1979. The average age of the team just 21 years old but they managed to keep it advancing. And we're set to face the Soviet Union team in the middle -- The Soviets were legendary. Heavily favored to win the gold but the scrappy young players on the US team gave the experience Soviets. A big time on for the money they won the game by a score of one -- -- -- in the final seconds of the games called by Al Michaels. The US and I don't wind and gold medal -- win over Finland was incredible I remember very well. Hartley moved to 1984. Summer games in Los Angeles in the -- -- UST -- -- Mary Lou -- just weeks before the Olympics in -- underwent. Surgery for injured me. But her training and determination paid off -- -- scored perfect tens on the floor exercise and vault. She became the first American to windy all around gold medal she also became the first female gymnasts from outside Eastern Europe. Too windy individual all around gold. The 1984 summer games were also the scene of one of the most dramatic and controversial showdowns in Olympic history it happened during the women's 3000 meter race and an event that was billed as a duel between two runners. American Mary Decker and -- of blood from great break. -- here's the moment during the race Decker and blood who ran barefoot running neck and neck -- -- -- -- contact several times they finally collided. Decker felt -- the track but lost her momentum neither taking home a medal. All right and finally -- -- 1988. Winter games in Calgary and a guy that typified enough. Plucky underdog -- -- his name was Michael Edwards a plaster or -- great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper of the world known as Eddie the eagle. He is wearing hand me down boots and Coke bottle glasses Edwards. Try anything and can -- on that mountain unbelievable he didn't win any medals he came in a spectacular. Last place. But he did win the hearts of the world there -- -- reports at the time that he was afraid of high. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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