Arena [Tournament] The Arena's Favorite/Best Iconic Image in Sports

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  1. Kyptastic VIP

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    LAST MAN STANDING

    Steven Bradbury was not a household name, even in Australia. He had been part of our first ever Winter Olympics medal, as part of the 5000m relay skating team in 1994, but by the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002 he was not considered one of our major chances for a medal at the age of 29, being the second oldest skater in the event and having suffered horrific head and spinal injuries in 1994 and 1998. He won his heat easily, but he drew two of the favourites in his quarter final, including American favourite Apolo Anton Ohno. Bradbury skated well, but finished third, out of a semi finals place. Bradbury was stunned to see that the second place finisher had been disqualified and he was now into the semi finals.

    Realising that he could not out pace his rivals, Bradbury settled on a strategy out smarting them, waiting back, avoiding the bustle at the front, and relying on those ahead of him to make mistakes. In the semi finals, Bradbury did just this, and when three of the skaters ahead of him crashed, he found himself in his first Olympic final, an achievement to be proud of from a nation with little history of Winter Olympics success. Bradbury, having witnessed his competitors implode before him, chose to follow the same race strategy that had been successful in the final race, hoping to gain at the very most a bronze medal.

    Bradbury was considered a non-contender, whilst the other sprinters all were expected to challenge for the win. All, however, were under varying forms of pressure, Ohno, with those in the stadium and the entire country counting on him to win and realise his huge talent, most of all. Brabury, with no such pressure was able to skate freely, maintaining pace at the back of the group for the first 8 laps. At the start of the 9th lap, Bradbury had fallen 15m behind and seemed out of the running when the intense jostling for the ultimate triumph claimed one, then the other three skaters on the final turn. Bradbury, coming from no where, skated cleanly across the finishing line whilst the others scrambled on hands and knees to recover the gold which had seemed theirs. As the reality sank in, Bradbury raised his hands into the air, looking to the heavans, Australia's first Winter Olympics gold medalist and the last man standing.

    [image=http://www.stevenbradbury.hosting24.com.au/images/adminimages/profile/194_steven_bradbury.jpg]

    THE CONQUEROR AND THE VANQUISHED

    For over 120 years, Australia and England have played cricket for a little urn containing the ashes of a bail, created after Australia first beat England in England in 1882. Known simply as 'The Ashes', this contest between nations goes beyond the events of the field. It is an important part of the history and the culture of both nations and the contest has been so fierce at times to have created diplomatic problems at the highest level. Those who succeeded on this pinnacle were held in awe by their countrymen, and people would stay up well into the night just to hear updates from the other side of the world.

    At the 2005 series, Australia had held the Ashes for 16 straight years, the longest period of dominance in the competition's history. England, however, had assembled their most talented and focused team in that time, and, although they lost the first Test of the five match series, had sent a clear message that they would not roll over and submit like they had in previous series. This message was reinforced in the Second Test at Edgasbaston. Australia lost their champion fast bowler, Glenn McGrath, just before the game and still bowled first. Many considered this to be a strategic blunder, and many critics felt vindicated of this position when Australia entered the last day with only two wickets in hand, still 107 runs to win. England were considerd near certainties to take these two early in the morning and level the series.

    The Australian batsmen, champion leg spinner Shane Warne and fast bowler Brett Lee, thought overwise. They added 45 runs in the morning, before Warne trod on his stumps. With 62 still to get a
  2. Darth_Furio Force Ghost

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    After all the scandals in Italian Football that season, this happened...

    [image=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4azyH6yFLsY/TArMOf_dQfI/AAAAAAAAB38/nphqRP5a41I/s1600/azzurri.jpg]

    Michael Schumacher brings Ferrari back the greatness...

    [image=http://www.grandprix.com/jpeg/phc/Schumacher_2000_australia_0.jpg]

    [image=http://f1-grandprix.com/wp-content/lg-gallery/Schumacher%20Era/tifosi_97.jpg]

    Nuff said...

    [image=http://ambassadordoodle.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/new-orleans-saints-super-bowl-0d2ed39b84f84438.jpg]

    When the Leafs win the Stanley Cup I'll put that up. :(
  3. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    3 excellent Olympic moments.

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c8/Carlos-Smith.jpg]
    Black Panther Salute.

    [image=http://www.jamaicapage.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/usain-bolt-world-record-olympics.jpg]
    Bolt destroys the field to win the 100m in Beijing in a world record time.

    [image=http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/93/4393-050-B29E37E5.jpg]
    Bob Beamon setting the most incredible world record in history (IMHO.)
  4. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    [image=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yIAuMhVJpZ8/RySm7oNa0fI/AAAAAAAAAMY/ZbKZ99XrciE/s400/Rickey-Henderson-939-Stolen-Bases-1991-Photograph-C10103677.jpg]

    Today ... I am the greatest ... of all time ...

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/openserving/sports/images/thumb/8/8a/Gehrig_Speech1.jpg/250px-Gehrig_Speech1.jpg]

    Lou Gehrig's Speech.


    (and, yes, I love the contrast of these two images)


    [image=http://nbcsportsmedia4.msnbc.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/041024/041024_schilling_hmed_4p.standard.jpg]

    Curt Schilling's bloody sock. Right before "Red Sox Nation" became hated.
  5. timmoishere Force Ghost

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    [image=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_UYl4EeW8xVg/Sr5FqS9BaoI/AAAAAAAAGcw/TSHmv8oMlyQ/s400/michael_jordan_scottie_pippen_flu_gamemed.jpg]
    Classic.
  6. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    If you've got anything else to nominate, do so quickly. I'm going to look to close this out this weekend, and move on to the voting/tournament side of it.
  7. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    Closing off nominations. I added one extra one of my own to get me to a more even number. Tournament will be started and posted shortly.
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