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Favourite individual sports moment

There’s nothing like seeing your team being successful but what is your favourite moment in individual sports?

I think I saw mine yesterday.

Tiger Woods.

I grew up watching this guy dominate golf and was such a hero of mine. For a good while it looked like his career had been cut short, injuries and personal injuries looked to have ruined him.

Even when he returned last season i was very skeptical after the previous botched attempts. I thought he was done. After a few tournaments last year I was thinking he looks like he can still at least compete but wasn’t sure if he was still one of the best while fully expecting his back to go again.

As the year wore on he began to compete at the top of the game again and then you think hold on a second could he really be back.

Top 5s in the last two majors and then the tour championship win but the cynic in my thought that may be the last hurrah rather than the return due to his age. He had a mediocre start to this season also.

Then comes the Masters. What a performance. Yes he got a few lucky breaks at times but you need them in majors. The scenes at the end were spine tingling and for the 1st time in my adult life I was witnessing Tiger win a major.

I don’t think he’ll dominate like he once did as the sharpness on the greens is not quite what it used to be. From tee to green he’s arguably as good as he’s ever been though and I do think there is more majors in him.

To go from outside of the top 1000 players to 6th in the world in about a year and a half is testament to his greatness.

Love him or hate him, what a story!

Anyway what’s your favourite individual sports memory?

posted on 15/4/19

On an individual basis it has to be Kurt Angle winning the wrestling gold medal with a broken neck.

posted on 15/4/19

Super Saturday during the London Olympics was pretty good. Rutherford, Ennis and Farah all winning golds. What a night for British athletics.

Murray winning Wimbledon for the first time?

Hamilton’s first F1 world championship was special, such drama at the end with Massa the champ at the time he saw the chequered flag and both Ferrari and McLaren teams going nuts at the same time.

Tiger’s win yesterday was incredible, so pleased he did it

posted on 15/4/19

Ali vs Foreman was special.

posted on 16/4/19

Steven Bradbury!

Bradbury won bronze, Australia's first ever Winter Olympics medal in the speed skating relay in the early 90s. By 2002, he'd been competing in skating for well over a decade and had had all sorts of bad luck, injuries and accidents. He'd broken his spine and had pins put in his skull after tripping over another competitor two years before his final Olympic race, he'd been cut by the skate blade by another competitor in the 94 World Championships that caused him to lose LITRES of blood and over 100 stitches in his leg.

As far as professional athletes careers go, he'd had disaster after disaster, knocked out of races by opponents who've later been disqualified.

Then this happened and he became a national hero...

Here's a segment from a sports commentary comedian team that do an alternative commentary of a range of sports and includes an interview with Bradbury the night after the race.

https://youtu.be/jagh3l5lMvY

The most amazing series of events occurring back to back at the 2002 Winter Olympics that led to Steven Bradbury win the first ever Winter Olympics gold medal by anyone in the southern hemisphere.

The win and the way it occurred has gone down in Australian folklore. His name is now a verb and to "do a Bradbury" has been entered into the dictionary.

This is a truly wonderful and magical story about a humble guy reaching the pinnacle of his sport that inspired a nation.

posted on 16/4/19

Ellen MacArthur's circumnavigation world record. Truly inspirational.

Great story about Bradbury there, Dave

posted on 16/4/19

comment by The Process (U20671)
posted 13 hours, 16 minutes ago
comment by Diafol Better (U2462)
posted 26 minutes ago
Probably not going to be up there for most but Ian Woosnam winning the Masters in 1991 is up there for me. I was 13 and very keen on my golf at the time and seeing a Welshman win a major was great as well as the fact a fellow short man could actually be good at something!
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Bit before my time but must have been great to see a fellow countryman win the masters. As an Irishman I really enjoyed Harrington’s three majors.
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It was.

As someone, like yourself, from a smallish country it doesn't happen that often.

posted on 16/4/19

Diafol, it happens a lot even to a small country like Wales? But you have to like Rugby to appreciate it, Barry John, Gareth Edwards etc.

posted on 16/4/19

comment by manusince52 (U9692)
posted 9 minutes ago
Diafol, it happens a lot even to a small country like Wales? But you have to like Rugby to appreciate it, Barry John, Gareth Edwards etc.
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I know MU52. We still take pride in it when it does happen though with Geraint Thomas, Mark Williams, Joe Calzaghe being TDF winners and World Champions and the rugby team (as well as the football team of course) giving us some great moments recently.

posted on 16/4/19

comment by rosso is facking happy (U17054)
posted 4 hours, 1 minute ago
Ellen MacArthur's circumnavigation world record. Truly inspirational.

Great story about Bradbury there, Dave
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Cheers mate. There's a curious irreverent deference through the whole episode that I just adore and am fascinated by as an aspect of Oz life.

I love the creation of the eponym and how it has permeated through so many different facets of life here.

By the way, I double checked his injuries and it was actually 111 stitches and about FOUR LITRES OF BLOOD lost in the '94 accident. He nearly bled out!


MacArthur is an even better shout. As you probably recall about me, I'm a bleeding heart leftard hippy. I hold her efforts since the circumnavigation in far higher esteem than the event that gave her her fame.

Her quest through the creation of her foundation in cutting down on plastic waste in the world trumps the importance of every athletic contribution made by folks on this thread.

I hope more of us can "get on board" so her mission isn't such a solo challenge.

posted on 16/4/19

Probably Steven Gerrard's 'This does not slip' slip in 2014.

I know football is a team game, but it's a well docuented myth that Gerrard 'single-handedly carried the team for years'.

Therefore it's only right and proper to recognise when he single-handedly right royally fecked them with a moment of individual brilliance and comic timing that will surely never be matched.

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