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What Was the Best Summer Olympics of the Last Three Decades?

GMR 2012/06/29 22:34:26
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The London 2012 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, and soon most of the planet will be caught up in the breath-taking athleticism of the world's very best. Though the Olympics are technically a sporting event, they transcend traditional entertainment to become a spectacle of human endurance, willpower, skill, strength... It would take us a while just to cover the basics, so we'll leave it there.

In honor of the London 2012 Olympics, we're running a survey on some of the greatest moments in recent Olympics history, the greatest Olympics-themed movies, and a few other related topics. Make sure to check out our 8-Question Quick Poll and see what other people think!
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  • Leena Awouda 2012/07/08 14:38:31
    Atlanta 1996
    Leena Awouda
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/07 20:09:13
    Atlanta 1996
    Margaret Jacobson
    last one I watched ?
  • Trish 2012/07/07 15:46:10
    Beijing 2008
    Trish
    Mostly because of the opening ceremony. Secondly I cannot remember 04, 2000, or 96 considering I was only a mindless child lol.

    Beijing Opening ceremony
    Beijing Opening ceremony
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  • freakoutnow... cuz mom's here 2012/07/07 07:57:04
    Atlanta 1996
    freakoutnow... cuz mom's here
    The fondest memories of watching the Olympics I have come from the 96' Olympics. The 92' Olymics was cool because of the greatest basketball team ever assembled, the original dream team, kicking butt. Los Angeles and Moscow are Olympics that are hard to rate because of the politics of the Olympics in those. The 1988 Olympics were largely forgettable. The Sydney Olympics had the best opening ceremonies (followed not too far behind by Atlanta) and Sydney and is a beautiful city. Athens was cool but it's not as memorable as some of the other Olympics with the exception of returning back to the home of the original Olympics. Beijing is memorable being that it was the last Olympics held at the moment. So I'd say the order from best to worst Olympics of the last THIRTY TWO (32) YEARS were: 96, 92, 00', 08', 84' 04', 88', 80'. This questions author needs to brush up on simple mathmatics cuz 1980 is 32 years ago instead of 30 years ago so the question should read ''What was the best Olympics of the last 32 years''.
  • BlackwinterG36C 2012/07/07 01:57:25
    Los Angeles 1984
    BlackwinterG36C
    Any Olympics where USA toasts countries like the USSR and Iran!
  • Wolverineland 2012/07/06 18:52:15
    Los Angeles 1984
    Wolverineland
    Los Angeles 1984 had many great moments from memorable athletes.
  • Sam DePecan 2012/07/06 18:38:50
    Moscow 1980
    Sam DePecan
    The 1972 Games in Munich were so good that I never watch any of the Olympics anymore after that. Teofiilio Stevenson, Olga Korbut, Mark Spitz, Nellie Kim, Frank Shorter, Valery Bordzov and he later married Torescheva, Raymond Leonard, Dave Wottle . .. And the list just keeps going on-and-on. Of course, the shoot-out at the Airport; and all of that; should be forgotten; that was just some stupid-ass, selfish Islamic Muslims trying to be somebody in a World that they don't belong to live at all; but I am not talking about that. No politics. Just Jim McKay, and Howard Cosell, and ABC Sports, produced by Roone Arledge. Now days I might watch the fastest man alive (100 Meter Dash) but as far as any of the other events go; I don't really care about it.
  • mwf122090 2012/07/06 16:34:53
    Beijing 2008
    mwf122090
    +1
    Unfortunately I've only been around for 21 of the last 30 years so I didn't get to see most of these games and I only can remember back to the Sydney games anyway! Beijing was definitely my favorite, I was glued to the TV watching Kerri Walk and Misty May-Treanor anytime they had a match! Watching them win the gold was a memory I'll always have!!!

    Plus, the opening and closing ceremony were very spectacular. Of course, China is able to spend as much money as needed because they don't really care about overspending on that when they can just take money from other places for it.
  • Grant Straka 2012/07/06 01:44:49
    Los Angeles 1984
    Grant Straka
    Wasn't around but i've seen some footage and i loved it!!!
  • jacktown kid 2012/07/05 15:20:00
    Atlanta 1996
    jacktown kid
    Lot of great things but Muhammad Ali lighting the torch to open the games was awesome Muhammad Ali and 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Cunning Stunts 2012/07/04 20:48:00
    Los Angeles 1984
    Cunning Stunts
    I had that on Atari.
  • Empress 2012/07/04 02:44:43
    Atlanta 1996
    Empress
    Woo hoo!
  • Jerapa 2012/07/03 20:31:11
    Los Angeles 1984
    Jerapa
    Ah the memories...
  • Eric 2012/07/03 06:05:05
    Sydney 2000
    Eric
    The Aussies know how to throw a party.
  • The Nixus 2012/07/02 18:23:09
    Athens 2004
    The Nixus
    Home of the original 12 Olympians

    lpl x
  • Raphy 2012/07/02 04:33:39
    Atlanta 1996
    Raphy
    This the one I remember pretty good. An I did watch some of the dream team of 92 whipping butt back then
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/07/02 04:31:07
    Beijing 2008
    Your Favorite Nerd
    The only Summer Olympics I watched in my life. That won't be the case though in a few weeks...
  • JohnT 2012/07/01 23:45:43
    Sydney 2000
    JohnT
    It is hard to pick just one, they all have something special to them going back to when I first started watching them with Jim McKay in the 60's. They have had tumultuous incidents take place and wonderful joyful winnings take place like the US Russian Hockey Gold medal game.
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/01 04:57:15
    Los Angeles 1984
    Gregaj7
    The Russian Boycott was not our problem. We got to see the future of the best basketball player on the planet.
    Next was Barcelona, then Beijing.
  • MarinerFH 2012/07/01 03:02:20 (edited)
  • Eric MarinerFH 2012/07/04 13:01:44
    Eric
    +1
    One of Carter's dumbest mistakes and also one of the final straws in forming my dislike of the Olympic movement. The arrogance of Carter to meddle in the lives of those who largely succeeded on their own, without govt help or involvement.

    But it was an Olympics and deserves inclusion. Most of the world competed.
  • MarinerFH Eric 2012/07/04 19:55:10
  • joe mauro MarinerFH 2012/07/05 22:06:54
    joe mauro
    if it happened before 1985 i didnt happen
  • john.keenan.792 2012/06/30 18:52:01
    Los Angeles 1984
    john.keenan.792
    i was supporting, daily thomson, fatima whitbread and all the u.k team
  • AvaC 2012/06/30 04:08:04
    Sydney 2000
    AvaC
    +1
    It was one of (if not the most) successful modern Games in that there were no *major* violent or financial incidents, as was the case in many of the Games before it.

    Sydney 2000 Olympics

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