After a long year of questions, concerns, and postponement, the Olympic games are finally upon us. Athletes across the globe have already descended on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics — held one year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing each of these athletes, and learning about their stories of hope, resilience and endurance has us sentimental about all of the legendary Olympians who have come before — and now, we’re taking the time to celebrate them.
For centuries, the Olympic Games have brought the entire world together, with athletes showing their strength and endurance in countless sports. We’ve witnessed the birth of so many of sports’ stars, and watched history-making moments on our TV screens as cameras captured every move and second. For instance, do you remember when Michael Phelps won his first gold medal? What about his last? Where were you when Simone Biles clinched the All-Around gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016?
An even greater throwback, can you remember Kerri Strug completing her vault after tearing two ligaments in her ankle, securing the Team gold medal in gymnastics for the USA at the 1996 Atlanta games? Whatever year it was, there was always an inspiring story coming out of the Olympic Games.
Regardless of when they happened, the Olympics can always ensure plenty of incredible stories we will never forget. After so much hard work and determination, we’re celebrating the ordinary citizens who dared to dream and took their athleticism to the Olympic games! Take a look through some Olympians through the decades with the photographs below.