Prior to the 1984 Olympics held at Los Angeles, world champion distance runner, Mary Decker Slaney had won gold medals in the 1983 Summer Olympics in the 1500m, and the 3000m category. She had high hopes coming in, due to her preparations, until she got herself tangled in the middle of the 3000m run.
The picture shows her trying to get up, but overcome by pain. She came into a jumble with Zola Budd who was able to continue, although she was also quite shaken. Zola was leading the race before the incident happened, and she dropped considerably to seventh place. Mary Decker Slaney however, did not finish the run after she injured her hip.
This picture shows Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers running to first base in a game against the New York Yankees. He was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, and the team started him at first base in April 1947. This photograph was taken during the 8th inning of the first game of the World Series, Sept. 28, 1955.
Jackie Robinson raised brows in his very first season, where he won the Rookie of the Year award. In just two years he also earned the league’s MVP award. The Dodgers would go on to win the World Series by beating the Yankees in seven games.
Super Bowl MVP awards are mostly given out to quarterbacks who control the tempo of the game, but Lynn Swann would not be denied the honor when the Pittsburgh Steelers clashed against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. His win documented Lynn’s catching 4 passes for 161 yards, and a touchdown.
As a result, he became the first-ever wide receiver to become a Super Bowl MVP. Up to this day, there are still very few names added to the list. In this photograph, Lynn makes a difficult catch while he floats over Mark Washington of the Dallas Cowboys.
This touching photo shows a member of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club competing for the ball. This shot shows the lasting pain caused among its citizens from the decade-long civil war and the human spirit that still dares to be great despite its scars from a horrible past.
The Single Leg Amputee Sports Club was founded by survivors of the war. Most of them are victims of landmines and have lost a leg or both. They formed this club to show to their society, and the world, that they are capable people; that they don’t want to beg for food, but would rather empower themselves. They are fighting against marginalization in their own communities.
In 1965, Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston for the first time and won the heavyweight championship in a major upset. The 22-year-old champion then decided to change his name to Muhammad Ali, and he had no qualms about giving Sonny Liston an immediate rematch the following year.
Liston was an intimidating figure at his peak, and he was often associated with the mob for his criminal record. However, he wouldn’t stand a chance against Ali when they fought the second time, as captured in this picture. They fought on May 25, 1965, and Ali would keep the title until 1967.