View Full Version : Your happiest sports-related memories

Sep 21st, 2003, 10:37 AM
I'm talking from the point of view of a fan.

Mine are:

Yugoslavian volleyball team winning gold at the Olympics in Sidney '00. That was joy!!! :bounce: :D

Our women's handball team winning bronze at the World Championships '01. First the heartbreaking loss to Norway in the semis (damn you Cecile Leganger :mad: ), then great comeback against Denmark in the bronze play-off. One of the rare times I cried of happiness because of sports...

Sam L
Sep 21st, 2003, 10:54 AM
Cuban women's volleyball team winning their 3rd consecutive Gold at the Sydney Olympics. I'm not even particularly interested in volleyball, but I loved those girls, and I LOVE Cuba! :hearts:

Also probably Cathy Freeman's Gold medal run.

Sep 21st, 2003, 12:25 PM
When Goran won wimbledon... :)
That was a happy moment.... :) :)

Sep 21st, 2003, 12:26 PM
It's not related to a particular sporting moment, but one of my happiest memories is, as an eight-year-old, slowly collecting the entire album of Panini stickers for the Italia 90 World Cup :cool:

Sep 21st, 2003, 12:29 PM
It's not related to a particular sporting moment, but one of my happiest memories is, as an eight-year-old, slowly collecting the entire album of Panini stickers for the Italia 90 World Cup :cool:

Yeah, same here! :)

Sep 21st, 2003, 02:04 PM
When Venus Williams won her first Wimbledon title. It was pretty amazing!!!!

When Monica came back and won her first Grand Slam!! :worship:

When Serena completed the SERENA SLAM!!! :bounce:

Sep 21st, 2003, 02:48 PM
When I was fit I ran the 200m and 4x4 relay for my school and I got two gold medals.

Sep 21st, 2003, 03:23 PM
-Monica's Grand Slam victories,specially French Open 92.
-Monica's comeback in 1995
-Merlene Ottey's first gold medal in World Championships
-Niurka Montalvo's win in Sevilla World Championships

Jennifer's wife
Sep 21st, 2003, 03:45 PM
1. Being cuddled by Jennifer Capriati! :hug: :inlove:
2. Jen winning AO 2002 :yeah:
3. my footy team qualifying to play Europe in 2001

King Satan
Sep 21st, 2003, 04:53 PM
Kobe and Shaq winning their first NBA Championship.
Red Wings winnning the NHL championship
Evander Holyfield kicking the shit out of Mike Tyson (i've been a fan of the holy one since i was little)

ummm can't think of any more rightnow, i'll back to this.

oh, and the two Mexican warriors slugging it out: Antonio Barrera vs. Eric Morales :boxing:

Sep 21st, 2003, 05:07 PM
hmm....mine are all tennis or hockey related.

1999 Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals...up into the wee hours of the morning and seeing Brett Hull flip the puck over a floppin' Dominik Hasek (yes, his foot was in the crease, but noone got off their asses and made them get back on the ice, so tough fuckin' luck :p) to win the Stanley Cup. :)

2000 Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals...at the end of the game, ESPN panned around old Reunion Arena and turned the volume up on the crowd noise whom were all chanting "Ed-die's Bet-ter *clap clap clapclapclap*" over and over and over...brings a tear to me eye :)

2000 U.S. Open men's singles final - seeing my boy Marat Safin stave off the only break points against his serve in the final game...and that screaming cross-court passing shot to win the match...and the absolute joy that erupted across his face...:) wonderful day!!

Sep 21st, 2003, 05:31 PM
both men's and women's

it still makes me cry

Sep 21st, 2003, 05:43 PM
when Svetlana Khorkina overcame two consecutive falls on the Uneven Bars during the Team Finals and All Around Finals to eventually win the Uneven Bars Olympic title for the second time back to back.

when Svetlana Khorkina became the first ever man or woman to win three All Around World titles

Sep 22nd, 2003, 03:23 AM
(all tennis-related, as that's the only sport I follow so precisely and passionately ;))

-- When Michel won the live fifth rubber to catapult Switzerland into the Davis Cup quarterfinals :)
-- When Juan Carlos won Roland Garros this year :)

Sep 22nd, 2003, 03:28 AM
The Chicago Bulls 6 championships, especially the third one with John Paxson hitting the game winning three pointer against Phoenix, I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Sep 22nd, 2003, 03:46 AM
When in my senior year in High School. The football team went undefeated and won the state Championships for the first time. I went to every home game. There was 7,000 people at that final game (it was held in my town) and my town only has a population of 5,500. The guy next to me had driven from the mountains of NC and he never went Whiteville High School. He just wanted to be part of the atmosphere. The people behind me drove all the way down from Virginia and my town is on the SC border. I got to the game like an hour and a half before start time because I knew that if you didn't get there early you wouldn't get in. Anyway the game was awesome we were losing until the 2nd half. Our Star player played offense and defence. He scored the winning touchdown and made the game saving play when the other team was going in for a 2 pt conversion. I still hear that hit he layed on that running back. Oh I think he is playing in his 13th year in the NFL if he didn't retire this year.

Seeing guys win at that level when you have known them since 2nd grade (kindergarten for most) is an awesome feeling.

My 2nd greatest experience was a couple of years ago (like 4) when my high school basketball team won the state Championships. They are held in the Dean Dome (UNC-Chapel Hill) so you can imagine how lost we feel in such a big stadium coming from our little town. Well they estimated our crowd at around 5,000. I was living in Winston-Salem and had to drive down there. A local business provided the fans with pom poms in the school colors. The opposition didn't even know what hit em...:angel: I tell you what the tv news people said, "It looks like Whiteville came out to support there guys, I mean ALL of Whiteville...:lol:"

Tied for 2nd is when we won the State Championships the next year despite losing our star player, Chris Wilcox (who went on to play for Univ. of Maryland and win the national Championship) to an evil coach at a Raleigh High School his senior year...:fiery: Oh that school lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs. That state championship was SWEET!!!!

3rd best, Michael Jordan winning his first NBA championship and crying like a baby on the trophy. :)

Crazy Canuck
Sep 22nd, 2003, 08:30 AM
First ones that come to mind...

Canada winning Gold in Hockey in Salt Lake. Both the mens and womens was great, but the country literally blew up over the mens... I'm not sure I'll ever again see that many people going nuts, playing road hockey, flag waving, beeping their horns, smiling at each other, acting like general idiots (in a good way);)

I remember Donovan Bailey winning the 100m in Atlanta, and Canada winning the 4 by 100 relay after being pretty much dismissed by the press...

Both Ferrero and Justine finally winning Roland Garros, I *almost* cried both times :)

Goran winning Wimbledon... I wasn't a fan, but damn, that was something else!

This very weekend watching Canada beat Brazil in Davis Cup... not a singles player in the top 200 and they made it all the way to the World Group. I almost cried when Frank won the deciding rubber ;)

Sep 22nd, 2003, 08:39 AM
1) when I was at the world championship speed skating in Heerenveen in '99. The whole day was great, especially when Erben Wennemars (one of the speedskaters) was cheering up the fans :)

2) Goran winning Wimbledon. I did enjoy watching him always. But that year he was really funny. I remember that he didn't want a lot of interviews, but when Jacco Elthing (commentator of Dutch tv) was there, Gorans always walked to him for an interview. Even while Goran wasn't my fav player anymore during that Wimlbedon, it was the best Wimbledon for me ever. (Even better as Roger winning this year, and I'm a big Roger fan)

3) Davis Cup this year Holland vs. Switserland. Roger was playing an amazing match against Sjeng, and Michel did win the 5th match to defeat Holland.

Nov 21st, 2003, 05:43 PM
Marat Safin`s US Open 2000 win! happiest sports day in my live!!!

Nov 21st, 2003, 05:52 PM
Steffi Graf winning the 1999 French Open and being giddy like a 12-year-old when handed her trophy :)

Nov 21st, 2003, 05:57 PM
Marat Safin`s US Open 2000 win! happiest sports day in my live!!!

oh, a happy day for our whole family, sis :kiss: :wavey:

Nov 21st, 2003, 05:57 PM
1. Sally Gunnell winning 400mH gold (and getting a then world record) at the 1993 World Athletics Championships... the race between her and Sandra Farmer-Patrick was so close and I was crazy about Sally so I was all happy when she won.

2. Monica's 1995 comeback against Martina

3. Monica winning the 1996 AO

4. Jonathon Edwards whole 1995 season in the Triple Jump. I was watching when he jumped around 18.50m in the European Cup (wind assisted) and it came from NOWHERE... up until then he was a 17.70ish jumper at best and then... BOOM! Incredible! Then when he official got the world record and the world title it was nice too.

5. Michael Johnson 1996 Olympic 200m final. WOW!

6. Monica beating Venus 2002 AO... I was sooooo happy cause I thought she would win the title after that... yeah right...

7. Manchester United winning the European Cup (and the treble) in 1999. It was AMAZING. And it may make me the spawn of satan but I LOVE Man Utd. Those late goals had me jumping around my living room like a crazy woman.

8. Virtually every Paula Radcliffe race in the past 18 months

9. Cathy Freeman winning the 2000 Olympics 400m final

10. Marion Jones 2000 Olympic 100m final.

Nov 21st, 2003, 06:19 PM
My team, Kilmarnock FC winning the Scottish Cup in 1997.

Goran winning Wimbledon

Nov 21st, 2003, 07:25 PM
I havent had all that many to be honest! The only ones I can think of are......

* Rogi winning Wimbly this year (after telling all my friends that he would become Wimbly champ one day ;))

* Scud recovering from his latest kknee problem, reaching the Wimbly final and finishing the year in the top 10

* now being a young Liverpool fan I haven't experienced some of the great memories like my "older" Pool fans ;) so for me I guess its probably winning the 5 trophies in 2000/01 (especially coming from behind in the FA cup final against Arsenal with about 8 minutes to go. Sorry Cilla :p)and qualifying for champions league although we never got very far :o

Nov 21st, 2003, 08:56 PM
Italia '90. First game. Cameroun vrs Argentina. Boy Oh Boy. Can we say Roger Milla vrs Maradona.

Nov 21st, 2003, 09:02 PM
Oh my...I have so many...

When Monica Seles won her first Grand Slam. :worship: I cried!!! :tape:

When Venus Williams won her first grand slam. My flat was on fire!!! We were all crying! :lol:

When Serena got her French Open title. Because it was so long since her 1st Grand Slam win and she proved that she was the queen of the clay courts!! I cried again.

When Cathy Freeman won her Gold Medals in Sydney. It was an amazing feeling for me.

When Kim Clijsters won the Masters last year, beating Serena. It was just incredible and Kim was so happy! :)

I have more...but these are the ones that come quickly to mind! ;)

Nov 21st, 2003, 09:05 PM
My best sports memory was truly a "life altering event"; 90 minutes that felt like they happened in slow motion. :)

Scoring a Half-Volley Blast of a Goal against Voorhees (sp) in the first half of a home soccer match right in front of our cheerleaders (two of them actually shed tears cheering for me :cool: ).

Made me look like a "soccer stud" for the rest of the year in their eyes. :cool:

Then being violently double marked the rest of the match. It was the first time I'd been double teamed on the soccer pitch.

It made me feel like I was frickin' Pele!!!

Looking like a star and feeling like a star!!!

The ultimate image boost in High School :devil:

:cool: :cool: :cool:

Frank Riley
Nov 21st, 2003, 09:34 PM
Meeting and talking to Anna Kournikova, watched her for a week and she was amazing. She gave me a sweet smile and a wonderful thank you when I handed her a stuffed puppy dog, I had to get my favorite girl something, I only had one chance to meet her in life and that was it. The smile and thank you was all I needed to walk away happy. It was really cool, she pretty much told me she was to busy to talk or anything for three days and then she walked right up and signed a picture for me, I gave her the dog after she started to walk away, I called her name and she turned around and then she was confused about why I was handing her something and I was scared to death. But when I told her it was for her she hugged it tight and turned to me and smiled saying thank you, coolest part was the next day she was playing Smashnova and she pointed to me in the first row, she remembered me. She did very well that week and it turned out to be the greatest sports event in my life and a wonderful feeling, I was riding pretty high for the rest of the year. Why did I get her the dog, after bothering her for an autograph for three days when she was working out I felt so bad, I just wanted her to know I was a fan and supported her very much, I did not even care about the autograph at that point, I just wanted to let her know how much I liked her and wanted her to feel great about being Anna Kournikova. I did hand her a note in it was something about her real fans never forgetting her no matter what happens and that I thought she was the best tennis player in the world, something like that, it was 2 years ago and I am getting older but it was near that. Anna had her best tournament that week in 2002, just in case you fans don't think you matter, let me tell you, fans do matter, if you cheer and try to pump up your tennis player out there they will respond trust me they need your support. SO CHEER FOR THEM. :wavey:

Nov 21st, 2003, 09:37 PM
Every title Marat won

Goran winning Wimbly

JC and Justine winning RG

France winning WC '98 and Euro 2000

Mika Hakkinen winning consecutive WC's

.....my brain can't take more at the moment ;)

Nov 21st, 2003, 09:58 PM
France winning WC '98 and Euro 2000


France winning Davis Cup 91 too and France winning against the Blacks in 99.

Nov 21st, 2003, 10:02 PM
t'es français?

Nov 21st, 2003, 10:07 PM
Iva winning the French in '97

Nov 21st, 2003, 10:10 PM
for me its good time when the Bulgarian tennis players win :kiss:

but for the nation the best memories are connected with football and are from 1993-1994 when Bulgaria defeated France in Paris to qualify for the World Cup '94 in USA
and there the semi-final played against Italy and the wins before that against Germany and Mexico


Nov 21st, 2003, 10:10 PM
t'es français?
Lol oui, je suis français et je n'ai jamais trouvé que la victoire d'un seul sportif puisse être aussi excitante que la victoire d'une équipe avec plein de gens qui descendent dans les rues.

98: :hearts:... 2002: :sad:

American Me
Nov 21st, 2003, 11:42 PM
Alvin Harper catching a pass for a long gain over the middle in Candleshit Park that ended more than a decade of frustration for Cowboys fans and began the era of Irvin, Smith and that QB Dude as the Team Of the 90s!!!

Only thing close, to stirring that kind of emotion is any classic clip of Ali and Cosell jawing at each other.

DeuceDiva, I'm really missing you right now... :inlove:

Nov 21st, 2003, 11:58 PM
Yagudin winning Olympics; Safin winning US Open; and Lilia Podkapaeva winning Olympics.

Nov 21st, 2003, 11:58 PM
I was play ,just a little tiny semi-match,against YES THE WORLDS BEST, Jen and Martina H. at Saddlebrook , me and my friend played them this summer, put it this way we lost 0-0 in 35-40 mins.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:10 AM
Serena's reaction at winning the USO 99
Serena crying when she won the Serena Slam
Venus' leap at Wimbledon
Rogi's win at Wimbledon
Marat winning the USO
Goran winning Wimbledon
Venus beating Jennifer to secure the first "sister slam"
getting Serena's autograph
getting James' autograph

Liverpool winning the treble.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:23 AM
(especially coming from behind in the FA cup final against Arsenal with about 8 minutes to go. Sorry Cilla :p)

:fiery: ;)

*England qualifying for the 2002 World Cup thanks to an injury time free-kick from Becks against Greece
*England beating Germany 5-1 in Munich :devil:
*Arsenal winning the double 97/98-beating United 1-0 at OT on the way :devil:
*Arsenal winning the double 2001/2002 by beating United 1-0 at OT :devil:
*Alexei Yagudin winning the Olympics at Salt Lake City
*Sally Gunnell & Lindford Christie winning golds at Barcelona
*Jonathan Edward's gold and World record in Gothenburg
*Lleyton Hewitt winning the US Open and Wimbledon
*Kim winning the masters 2002
*Goran winning Wimbly

*Hopefully England winning the Rugby WC today ;)

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:33 AM
the best for me
1)andre winning the FO!
2)goran winning wimby, truly amazing. i can still remember so vividly.
3)justine winning RG
4)Venus winning wimby 01
5)serena winning RG 02 and venus didnt sulk made the situation so much mmore amazing.
6)maria petrova and alexei thikonov winning the european championships.
7)irina lobacheva and ilie averbukh getting the bronze for the winter olympics after irina had been out with a knee injury. their performance was terrific!especially the way it ended. of course, i was devastated when margaglio from the italian team fell, costing them the gold.and also, margarita drobiazko and povilas vanagas didnt make the medal stand when i felt they too had a great performance!)

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:41 AM
1) My college football team (Ohio State) winning the National Championship last year at the Fiesta bowl. Go Buckeyes! We're ranked number two this year and if we win tomorrow we will go to the championship again!

2) Kristi Yamaguchi winning gold at the olympics in '92.

3) The "Magnificant Seven", USA's girls gymnastics team: Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug, Amanda Borden, Dominque Dawes, Dominique Moceanu, Amy Chow, and Jaycie Phelps winning gold at the olympic in 1996

4) My favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, winning the American world series in 1995.

5) Jennifer Capriati winning her second AO and Serena winning the Serena Slam.


Lord Chips
Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:41 AM
Just about every win I've seen for all of my main three teams (Wasps Rugby, Middlesex Cricket and QPR Football.), especally the big matches

Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:47 AM
when liverpool win the premiership this season and when ralf or montoya win the FI Championships, i'll add them to my happiest moments. add kim winning her first slam by beating sisters and justine to the list.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 08:35 AM
Juan Pablo Montoya winning the Monaco GP in 2003 - the first time in 20 years that a Williams driver had won on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The 49ers and Patriots winning the Super Bowl.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 11:10 AM
24 may 1995. Vienna. 86th minute, Patrick Kluivert scores, Ajax wins the Champions League!!!!!!!! :worship:

Nwankwo Kanu being Nigeria's hero in Atlanta 1996
European Championships speedskating 2002, it was great to be there!
Dutch volleyball team winning Atlanta 1996
Gerard van Velde winning gold in Salt Lake City, 2002. Justice.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 11:52 AM
*Hopefully England winning the Rugby WC today ;)

And, now it's a reality :bounce: England 20 Aussies 17 :D :D :D

Lord Chips
Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:13 PM
And, now it's a reality :bounce: England 20 Aussies 17 :D :D :D

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:19 PM
GO ENGLAND! :bounce:

Nov 22nd, 2003, 12:57 PM
Kim & Jennifer playing a thriller match at the French Open in 2001 :D

Belgian Fed Cup team winning in 2001 :woohoo:

Colin B
Nov 22nd, 2003, 01:37 PM
My first sporting memory (I was four!)
1966 - England win the (Football) World Cup

1970 - Jochen Rindt wins (posthumously :sad: ) F1 World Title.

1973 - Jackie Stewart wins his third F1 World Title.

1977* to 80 - Bjorn Borg wins Wimbledon Titles.

1977 - Ginny Wade wins Wimbledon

1981 - 'Ian Botham's' Ashes win against Australia at Headingly.

Big gap.

1997 - Sam Smith beats Conchita Martinez, r3 at Wimbledon.

2001 - Sept. 1 England beat Germany 5:1 (football).

2003 - Michael wins 6th F1 World title.

2003 - Today! England win Rugby World Cup.

*I know he won in '76 too but I had no interest in tennis then.

Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:01 PM
When I met Monica Seles......twice!:bounce:

Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:36 PM
when liverpool win the premiership this season

erm.....Im not so sure that'll happen! ;) :sad: Sack Houllier! :fiery:

Cilla: :kiss:


Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:53 PM
Conchita Martínez winning Wimbledon in 1994 :D
Conchi and ASV winning Fed cup against Switzerland in Zurich, that was great, as well as the doubles match agains EEUU in Madrid on semis and that concluded at 1 am
Marta Fraga winning this year RG doubles in junior
Real Zaragoza football winning the cup winner's cup in 1995 in Paris with Nayim's goal
Fernando Escartín epic triumph on the Alps and finishing 3rd on the Tour
Any Spanish Medal on atlethics, they're usually great stuff, as Marta Dominguez´s meddals in 5000 mts or 1500 :D

Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:39 PM
Feyenoord winning the UEFA Cup in 2002 :)

Fat Frog
Nov 22nd, 2003, 08:50 PM
7. Manchester United winning the European Cup (and the treble) in 1999. It was AMAZING. And it may make me the spawn of satan but I LOVE Man Utd. Those late goals had me jumping around my living room like a crazy woman.


That night was just unbeliveable! was jumpin around and doing cartwheels for the night!!! :bounce: The perfect end to an amazing year...The game in the FA semi v Arsenal where Giggs scored THAT goal was special too.

My happiest sports related memory for something i was playin in hasn't happened yet!

Nov 22nd, 2003, 09:06 PM
I wanna add England winning the rugby world cup today to my best memories. I was sooooo crying with emotion!