“My big worry was that the heat and
humidity…” “You just try to to put it aside and just
concentrate on your race…” “My head and everything was still functioning, I knew what I had to go
and, through dehydration, your body cramps up” “I kinda told myself: Try to keep running, try to stay upright. My muscles just didn’t respond.” “I knew if I would stop, or sit down that would be the end of it.” “I just was determined to make it through that finish line.” It was quite special because they had a little ceremony beforehand They had all the flags, and they said, they announced it’s the first
women’s marathon. And so, I think that – besides running in the Olympics – also being part of the first marathon was special. And you wanted to show that it was the right decision for the Olympic Committee to let women run the distance, because there is no scientific evidence that they can’t run it And so many women ran marathons in just road
races around the country just not in the Olympics and as the development shows in the United States a lot of the marathons or the shorter races on the roads, the
percentage of women now this sometimes bigger than the
percentage of men, so it just shows you. It was a good thing that they decided to
do that because definitely, I think that helped women get
involved into long distance running. The race for the women it was the
first event of the track and field I remember warming up, still have my
sweats on; just trying to drink a lot of water. And then the first half went pretty much according to my plan I had an idea what I wanted to run at each
5-kilometer mark, and I looked at the women around me and some of them I knew from previous
races. I knew I couldn’t run with the
leaders I just wasn’t that good but not everybody can win. And there were a lot of us – you know – that were just in 10th-15th place and we ran as a group. After 15 miles or so, the field started to thin out, you are running a lot just by
yourself. And then I think, maybe at twenty miles I started to really feel the heat you know I thought: “It’s 6 more miles,
you’ve made ’til here.” “You are not lost. It looks good.” I missed the last water station I don’t know if he was consciously or sometimes you’re so focused, or you start to focus on your body… Anyway I just missed it. And that definitely had an impact for
the last few miles and I distinctly remember like the last mile I had to slow down and coming into the tunnel I really remember that because I thought “It’s a little cooler in there” And I knew from here on, it’s not that far to go. One of the big problems I had
was – I wish I could have had water more often especially since I missed that last station The ruling at
that time was that you could only get the water at these four
or five stations that they set up I just got dehydrated; and that’s why when I got into
the stadium the heat but more intense
in there. And at that point through dehydration,
your body cramps up. That was my main problem My head and everything
was still functioning I knew where I had to go I kinda told myself:
“Try to keep running, try to stay upright” And my muscles
just didn’t respond It just deteriorated over the last 400 metres. At that point it was just: “I’m in the Olympics, I wanna finish this
race because this is my one and only chance.” Because I was already 39 and I knew in another four years, there
would be a very slim chance to qualify again If it would have been another race,
just another marathon I would have probably stopped I think just from the heat in that stadium, I just started to
fall apart. But I clearly remember the cheering. The noise it was just incredible.
It was so loud! I didn’t expect something like that That probably kept me going too. There was a doctor, he was following me closely and watching me. Later on, he said – because there was a lot
of criticism from the press. They said they should
have stopped me – He said you – he’s familiar with these
these things – he said he was watching me closely, He said, that as long as I
still knew where I was going. and showed sign of sweating that it was okay. I read now or sometime see tapes it’s
not the first time and its it’s not uncommon in a hot long race that people have troubles. I know of a couple of other
marathon runners who had the same problem. but it happened earlier in the race And then they just
to you know quit and got a ride or whatever. With me, just making it that far I think it’s different. I think every other person
would have tried to finish I was very relieved and I was happy I got to the finish line. And then at
that point I didn’t care if I would be not feeling good for a week The main thing was: “I made it!” And I didn’t think I had anything damaged It was painful! During that last lap and the first hour in the medical tent I was in a lot of pain but then after two hours I was
fine You know, what really surprised me in a very a nice way Is all the compassion and the reaction of just average people that were watching
the Games And then also of the athletes I was kind of embarrassed that I didn’t do well and I thought
I didn’t deserve all this attention I really kinda felt guilty and other athletes they made me feel good because they were so supportive and I think that was one of the big
memories I have from the Games. At the time after the Olympics I would
have traded anything for a 10 to 15 place at not having that what I thought was a spectacle But now looking back with time, I can see that people kind of identify with you Because they see the struggle and they see that if you really set your mind to it
you can overcome a lot of obstacles It teaches you a lesson
too that besides overcoming obstacles, You have to get over some bad experiences and not dwell on it and just look
forward and hopefully learn
something from it

An Unforgettable Marathon Finish – Gabriela Andersen-Schiess | Olympic Rewind

100 thoughts on “An Unforgettable Marathon Finish – Gabriela Andersen-Schiess | Olympic Rewind

  • May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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    love et marveless,great women

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  • May 18, 2018 at 10:27 am
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    That's incredible

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  • May 23, 2018 at 1:52 am
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    She ran out of lactic acid

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  • May 25, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    The last thing she said about not dwelling on your 'bad experiences' is so relevant

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  • May 30, 2018 at 10:35 am
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    The power of mental strength 💪👍

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  • May 31, 2018 at 4:58 am
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    She was 39 wow , guarantee more then half of those other runners were half her age

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  • May 31, 2018 at 2:19 pm
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    Greatness !

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  • May 31, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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    I know a watched a lot of the Olympics that summer, when I was seven years old. But this moment stands out as the one I remember most vividly to this day.

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  • June 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    Wait did she get first?

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  • June 15, 2018 at 12:19 am
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    legend♥

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  • June 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    She looked death in the face.

    And continued.
    Even as the body failed.

    To Cross The Finish Line.

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  • June 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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    what a woman … i was a teenager when i sw this .. it was shocking and great at the same time ..as a runner … i did feel for her

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  • June 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm
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    Pretty strong proof why women shouldn't be allowed to try to run a marathon

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  • June 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm
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    Really marvelous marathon

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  • July 2, 2018 at 11:14 pm
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    Sensacional esta história! Ela foi, de fato, uma heroína olímpica! Quanto foco, quanta determinação, quanta perseverança, quanta resistência essa mulher mostrou ao mundo! Que exemplo!!! Parabéns, Gabriela, você assombrou o mundo com a sua garra. Você deixou um forte legado. Portanto, será lembrada para sempre, sem querer tornou-se imortal.

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  • July 3, 2018 at 10:43 am
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    I can still remny this moment like it was still yesterday..really a great feat, determination, perseverance and sportwoman spirit that keeps her running despite the pain she's suffering at that time..

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  • July 5, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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    Olympics is a back

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  • July 6, 2018 at 6:52 am
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    The extreme athletic experience being lived out is actually trauma to the human body.
    Despite the training that enables these ELITE Athletes to endure it and survive it, it is basically a
    near-to-death bodily exertion experience event.

    It is 26 MILES.
    TWENTY SIX.
    That's SIX Miles FOUR TIMES.
    Plus ANOTHER Two MILES.

    Never stopping. NEVER.

    Everyday people have drive in their CARS at 60mph to cover this distance!

    This is why it is the ULTIMATE Athletic Event.

    The MARATHON.

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  • July 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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    She lost because she was not good enough.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm
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    This is so inspiring , a couple of tears are running down my face, God bless you Gabriela! I love running!

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  • July 14, 2018 at 8:12 am
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    The day you give up on yourself is the day when they give up on you. Run, falter, rise. But don't stop. Fight your inner demons

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  • July 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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    Go on girl!! You rocked determination and showed the world how life should be lived

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  • July 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    Una ganadora sin medalla…una gran Ganadora 🏆

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  • July 31, 2018 at 9:34 am
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    Pheidippides would be so proud…(Nenikikamen!)

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  • August 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm
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    When she points out that today, many of the marathons as well as shorter races on the roads have more women than men, I felt like I was reading an early Wonder Woman comic. Creator Wm. Marston always put in messages about the ability of women to not only do all that men do, but to outperform them. Hooray!

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  • August 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm
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    Ejemplo de determinación, coraje, fe, fuerza llegando al limite y mas…….indudablenente fue nejir su ejemplo para lis DEMÁS de perseverancia, que la medalla de oro. Leyenda…..del deporte sueco.

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  • August 5, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    You had a place in olympic history.

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  • August 6, 2018 at 8:34 pm
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    Great history 👌🏽👌🏽❤️🙌🏻😍

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  • August 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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    Impresionanteeee!!! Wow, que fuerza de voluntad saludos desde México. 2018

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  • August 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    That's what i used to look like walking home from the pub on a friday night.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    Es verdaderamente inspirador su comportamiento! admirable! Quienes hemos corrido maratones solo sabemos el gran esfuerzo que se realiza y en verdad es una carrera contra uno mismo.

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  • August 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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    7:09 troblems

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  • August 21, 2018 at 5:10 am
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    I remember watching this lady finish on television that day with my parents; who at the time were also marathon runners. I remember my Father tearing up, thinking what she was going through there at the end and him saying she was what a true champion looks like 🙂

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  • August 23, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    By the way she ran pretty fast…

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  • August 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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    4 or 6 water stations in that heat? Yikes, they should have been dropping like flies.

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  • August 24, 2018 at 11:59 am
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    this is inspiring

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  • August 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm
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    There's a water station coming from my eyes.

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  • September 1, 2018 at 11:47 am
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    The Finisher

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  • September 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    ♡♡lindo..

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  • September 7, 2018 at 5:50 am
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    I love you madam….
    Iron lady

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  • September 15, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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    ejemplos de la vida de las adversidades conseguir la meta en tu vida.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm
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    …and does anyone remember who medal-ed that year? No.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 5:50 am
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    У нас это называется Страдать Хуйнёй. За 37 место сдохнуть-пиздатая идея, держу в кусе

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  • October 9, 2018 at 1:59 am
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    This is so inspirational to me.

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  • October 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    Total WINNER! 🏅 Epic.

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  • October 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    I am the 41 years old now Till now i remember you make a difference in may life every time i fail I remember you
    I was 8 years old . I wish if i see you

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  • October 10, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    jamas se rindió hasta llegar

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  • October 12, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    I remember watching this live on TV at the time – I was so worried that she was going to just fall over and die.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    I did not know her name, she was brave indeed. I joined one marathon in Japan, and even I reached the end of marathon, I never tried again. So painful, I realized I wasn't ready . I can not imagine her pain in the end of competition. So glad to watch your beautiful interview. She will always inspire others people around the world.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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    Mam you gave me extra strength.

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  • November 16, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    she is destroyed but not be defeated. thanks thanks thanks thanks. We learn from your stamina your might to struggle till the end

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  • November 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    Represento bien a la mujer y sigue como ejemplo para muchos

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  • December 4, 2018 at 1:58 am
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    Won the hearts of everyone

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  • December 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    She deserved a medal!

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  • December 5, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    2h24 is super fast. Even by today's standards.

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  • December 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    That woman in that marathon makes me think of the Jean Nate After Bath Splash commercial.

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  • January 5, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    Music ??

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  • January 5, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Plz

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  • January 8, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    This made me cry 🤧

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  • January 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    The last time I got emotional like this my dog passed away.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    I watched it first time 34 years ago and it still amazes me. She is a true inspiration!

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  • January 19, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    I wanna complete a marathon for myself

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  • January 28, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Glory in defeat… !!

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  • January 31, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    real life hero

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  • February 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    This made me cry

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  • February 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    This made me cry lol

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  • February 13, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    Dude!!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    people hit plateaus during marathons non stop. Nothing special.

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  • March 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Gabriela vc é meu exemplo até hoje, na época tinha 18 anos, não sabia o que isso significava ,mas, vc me mostrou e abriu os olhos de muitas pessoas, hj tenho um imenso respeito à Maratona, já fiz uma e digo, não é pra qualquer um. Você será sempre Campeã ! Sempre !!

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  • March 17, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    When Pheidippides ran his 26 miles to Athens he went through all of the pain, all the brutality his body took to help save his kingdom. He died in honor and determination, he made a crucial contribution to his kingdom. She shows every aspect of determination from her mental strength to her physical strength, she showed you what a marathon was truly like. Victory is great, but the winning or people, the showing of determination last longer than a gold medal will ever be. Almost three and a half decades later we still honor such woman for her contribution to the woman fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome the impossible.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    Yo entiendo perfectamente esto ,soy corredora para nosotros es tan importante llegar ala meta es ese momento de terminar porque estar entrenando toda tu vida que la meta es como el oro para nosotros ese momento tan pequeño de la meta que eso es nuestra recompensa por eso nos dicen locos por ser tan tercos

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  • March 29, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Wow, this woman was amazing!

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  • April 5, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    wow, so much respect 👏🏽💪🏽

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  • April 5, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    wow, so much respect 👏🏽💪🏽

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  • April 7, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    Pure stupidity and people celebrate that

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  • April 7, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    A história dessa mulher sempre me impressionou. E hoje, em um mundo tão marcado por banalidades e superficialidade, gosto de rever essa história de superação como uma lição. É ver que a vida é muito mais do que só o que a gente enxerga. Tem muita história interessante por aí. Pessoas comuns sendo extraordinárias!

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  • April 22, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    never give up in life

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  • April 23, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    You go girl! Amazing!

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  • April 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    You ran your race. I have so much respect for you. You are a winner to me.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    The absolute display of determination in humanity

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  • May 2, 2019 at 6:02 am
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    I watched this live on tv. I remember the next day, the newspapers had huge photos of her with many articles saying they should have stopped her. Ironic that this was the first Olympic Women's marathon, and they hadn't had one for women previously because they thought the distance was too far for women to run.
    And, btw, re Gabriella, once she realized she'd missed that last water station, wouldn't it have been permissible for her to call out to the crowds along the route that she needed water and did anyone have any to give her? In her place, even if someone had drank some out of their cup or bottle, I wouldn't care, and I'd drink it. Is that not allowed though?

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  • May 3, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    What a glorious, glorious way to fail.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    her body was literally breaking down, but her mind was somehow still urging her body forward through sheer willpower alone….incredible

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  • May 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    One of my teammates was running the 3200 yesterday and was in first until the last 300 meters when he started looking like this and he would’ve qualified for state if this hadn’t have happened. Seeing someone finish like that is so amazing and inspiring.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    She is my sheer motivation for my next track and field race. This video taught me all that matters is that you try.

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  • May 21, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    Não me canso de ver e rever essa inigmatica e fantástica imagem! Bravo!!!!!

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  • May 23, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    I remember seeing this on television when I was little. Seeing it again… whoo! Still gets me when she crosses that finish line!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    Unverantwortlich

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  • May 25, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Wo sind hier die Schweizer Kommentare?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    I say winner

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Not fair…..u win even after loosing…..

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  • June 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    GRANDIOSA

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I was 15 back in 1984 and remember it being showed on tv here in Brazil. If I were to mention one single moment of any Olympic Games that never left my mind, it is this one. I forget all the winners but this 37th place will be forever in my mind.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    She actually "won" the Gold medal in her own unique way. That was the historic moment watched by millions all over the world.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Incrivél!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Respect.
    A real inspiration.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    I was 17 years old, watching it that summer. I will never ever forget it. My mom was watching with me and started crying while watching this amazing moment.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    joan benoit: medalla de oro
    gabrielle andersen: la inmortalidad!!!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    Emocionante 😍

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