This year has had some very memorable moments in sports. From an out-of-this-world extreme feat of courage, to first championships, to the end of a legacy; these are my top 5 sports memories.
Baumgartner’s 24-Mile Leap of Faith
On Oct. 15, Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his capsule at 128,100 ft. above Earth, and became the first man to break the sound barrier without travelling in a jet, or spacecraft. He fell for 4 min., 20 sec., reaching a speed of 833.9 m.p.h., breaking a record dating back to 1960, set by Joe Kittinger. This feat made my list because of the sheer historical nature of the jump.
Phelps Swims into Olympic Greatness
On Aug. 4, Michael Phelps swam for the last time in an Olympic games. He established himself as the “Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time,” by winning 22 Olympic medals, with 18 of them Gold medals. He nearly doubled the previous record, which was 12. His accomplishment is both memorable and impressive.
Armstrong Plucked from Cycling History
On Oct. 22, Lance Armstrong was stripped of all 7 of his Tour de France titles by the International Cycling Union, following a report from the U. S. Anti-Doping Association accusing Armstrong of performance enhancing substance use. Armstrong insists he is innocent, having passed numerous drug tests. As a fan of cycling, and Lance Armstrong, it is heartbreaking to see a heroic athlete suffer such an outcome.
Keselowski, Penske Win First Sprint Cup Titles
On Nov. 19, Brad Keselowski sped into Victory Lane at the end of Homestead, not having won the race, but the Sprint Cup Championship. This Championship is the first for Keselowski, and car owner Roger Penske. Affectionately known as “The Captain,” Mr. Penske has been trying to win the Cup since coming into the sport, as a car owner, in 1972. This story made my memorable stories because, as a NASCAR fan, I love to see a driver write his name in motorsports history.
L.A. Kings Win First Stanley Cup
On Jun. 11, the Los Angeles Kings won their first NHL Championship by winning Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a score of 6-1. They are the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup. This story, again, goes to my love of seeing a team reach the pinnacle of their sport.
As 2013 approaches, I can only hope that we will see a year more exciting than this one.
Sources for this article:
Jump from 24-miles high provides collective moment – Yahoo! News
Michael Phelps completes career with gold, grace and title of ‘Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time’ – Yahoo! Sports
Lance Armstrong stripped of all 7 Tour de France titles, banned for life – Fox News
Brad Keselowski eases to first Sprint Cup championship – ESPN
Los Angeles Kings win first Stanley Cup – Fox News