What’s the greatest ever Olympic performance?

Less than  a week to go and much chat in the BBC offices over what’s the greatest ever Olympic performance. Jesse Owens in Berlin in 1936….Mark Spitz and his 7 golds in 1972….Michael Johnson and his record breaking 200 metres…Bob Beamon and his 1968 jaw dropping long jump. What do you reckon?

12 Responses to “What’s the greatest ever Olympic performance?”

  1. 1 Julie P
    August 6, 2008 at 16:15

    So many to choose from…Since I am winter Olympics fan I going to select from that genre. I going to choose Torvill and Dean’s 1984 performance of Bolero. It is among one of the most brilliant performances in any Olympic Games; it changed the ice dancing genre and is the standard to which all other performances since have been judged.

  2. 2 ZK
    August 6, 2008 at 16:27

    The Miracle on Ice.

  3. 3 Vijay Srao
    August 6, 2008 at 17:28

    I think the greatest Olympian was Paavo Nurmi(or Daley Thompson).
    The greatest performance had to be when the USSR beat the USA in the 1972 Mens Basketball Final.

  4. 4 rawpoliticsjamaicastyle
    August 6, 2008 at 22:16

    Hi WHYSers!

    Kerri Strug’s in Atlanta (?) would have to be among the greatest moments, for me!

  5. 5 tomlenard
    August 7, 2008 at 12:09

    greatest performance on 8/8/2008 at 12GMT: 90 0000 are shouting BUSH GO AWAY and some billions of telespectators see that he really leaves the birdsnest stadium:
    bye bye george double u forever !!!!!

  6. 6 5ccpress
    August 8, 2008 at 18:42

    Watching FloJo win the 100 and 200m was my most delicious pleasure as well as watching an incredulous Carl Lewis get beaten by Ben ‘Steroid” Johnson and then then have the truth come out so quickly. I love track and field. And Powell will win in Beijing just you wait and see …

  7. 7 EJFran
    August 9, 2008 at 08:26

    True abt that Carl Lewis moment! Carl having delivered many such electrifying moments is, to me, the ultimate Olympian! Long live the Olympics spirit!

  8. 8 fromtheworldofdennis
    August 9, 2008 at 17:41

    i have several olympics performances.

    i can not choose just one.

  9. 9 Peter Hyde
    August 10, 2008 at 17:07

    Without a doubt – Abebe Bikila’s marathon.

  10. August 11, 2008 at 17:36

    I recon Jesse Owen winning performance in 1936 in Berlin which made Hitler leave the Olympic stadium in disgust and perhaps made him realise that the German white race were not as superior as he presumed. Also while it was not an Olympic event the defeat by a knockout of the german heavyweight Max Shmelling by Joe Louis for the heavyweight title of the world it made the point to the big mouth Hitler who continually boasted that the Germans were a master race.

  11. 11 godzilla
    August 17, 2008 at 05:04

    Many great ones. The overall performance for one games is, for me, Eric Heiden winning 5 gold medals at a huge range of distances.

  12. 12 carl
    August 24, 2008 at 16:04

    usaint Bolt is the best, yea mon jamaica the best. i live the dance move he was teaching the wordt: the thunder clap,the gully creaper, no linger and take away your selt. he need a gold dancing medal also.

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