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If you had had a chance to witness one historical sporting event....?

What would it be?

I personally find this extremely tough to answer. Kudos to reporter that asked this from one of our sport stars. Imo pretty original question. At least in interview.

I make this easier from the start. No need to answer with just one. List 20+ if you want. I try to name just one.

For me it is - 1952 Helsinki Olympics Opening Ceremony
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As a tennis fan, to see one of the early Wimbledon finals would be interesting, maybe the very first one in 1877. Also to see Suzanne Lenglen play, maybe her match agains Helen Wills.

I like cricket too, so to see an innings by WG Grace or Don Bradman would be cool. Another one that springs to mind is Jesse Owens in the Berlin Olympics.
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Re: If you had had a chance to witness one historical sporting event....?

Dude, I can't say just one.
So my top 3. In no Order.
1. Nadia Comeniche(sp) winning a GOLD medal and making 10's.

2.Venus winning her first grandslam.

3.Thrilla In Manilla.
4. Cincy Nati (Big Red machine) winning the World Series.
5. Arthur Ashe winning Wimby
6. Althea Gibson winning her first slam.

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7. Jesse Owens making Gold in front of Adolph Hitler.
8. USA gymnastics team winning the All around Gold. Shannon Miller,Dominique Daws,Kim Zmeichel,Kerry Strug and the little one from Romania. And a few others.
9. Venus beating Hingis in the 1999 US Open Semifinal.
10. Serena winning her first slam.
11. Steffie and Hingis playing RG in 1999.

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7. Jesse Owens making Gold in front of Adolph Hitler.
8. USA gymnastics team winning the All around Gold. Shannon Miller,Dominique Daws,Kim Zmeichel,Kerry Strug and the little one from Romania. And a few others.
9. Venus beating Hingis in the 1999 US Open Semifinal.
10. Serena winning her first slam.
11. Steffie and Hingis playing RG in 1999.
Hun, you've a chance to witness a historical sporting event, not to change one. You probably meant 2000.

This is fun. I'll have to think about it and come up with a list.

Comaneci's perfect 10 is probably up there.

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.
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I would go back to April 15, 1947 and watch Jackie Robinson play his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Definitely the Thrilla in Manila.
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jesse owens at the nazi olympics
jackie robinson starting with the dodgers
althea gibson winning at wimbledon
pele winning a world cup
joe louis v max schmelling circa '38
us women's gymnastics team winning gold in atlanta
torvel/dean olympics '84?
greg lemond's first victory in tour de france and lance armstrong's last one
kip keino - '68 olympics
tommie smith and john carlos - '68 olympics
wilma rudolph - '60 olympics
v vs serena - first us open final
nadia comaneci -'76 olympics

can't think of anything else...

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Cathy Freeman winning Gold on track in Sydney 2000...
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Althea winning her first slam.
Donald Quarrie (sp) winning Gold in the 1980 Olympics (I think it was 1980).
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1967 European Cup final.

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Michelle Kwan - 1998 US Figure Skating Championship SP & LP
Monica d. Steffi - 1990 French Open final
Venus d. Serena - 2001 US Open final
Lenglen d. Wills - 1926 Cannes
1896 Olympic opening ceremony

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1991 Australian Rugby World Cup - both the semi against the All Blacks and the final against England
1989 Rugby League Grand Final - Canberra Raiders defeat Balmain Tigers
Any epic Martina vs Chris grand slam final..

1987 Wimbledon final - marts defeats steffi in straight sets
1990 Wimbledon final - marts get the record she always wanted.. 9th wimbledon..

Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01
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Re: If you had had a chance to witness one historical sporting event....?

Definitely Comaneci's perfect 10.
Also the gymnastics competition in Athens. I really enjoyed it, would have been great to witness it live.

The Olympics in Berlin 1936. It's almost perverse, but I'd be curious to see the atmosphere around the whole thing.

Women's handball final Denmark vs South Korea at the 1996 Olympics.

Men's volleyball final in Sydney, Yugoslavia vs Russia.

The 1995 Wimbledon final, Steffi vs Arantxa.

The US Open 2003 semi, Justine vs Jennifer.
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Re: If you had had a chance to witness one historical sporting event....?

Thought of another one..

The year Pat Rafter played Goran in the final of Wimbledon. Even though this match is one of two tennis matches that ever made me cry, I still would have loved to have been there for how special the atmosphere was that day.

Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01
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