There’s Steven Bradbury,
first on the left, lining up for the final of the men’s 1,000m
speed-skating event at Salt Lake City. He was competing in his first
Olympic men’s final at the age of 30,
a career highlight for a veteran athlete
who had paid his dues in a tough and dangerous sport. Bradbury had been in the speed
skating game for 12 years, travelling the world
representing Australia in numerous international
championships, including three Olympic
Winter Games. Along the way, he had endured
a near-fatal encounter with the sharpened steel
of an opponent’s skates and a high-speed collision
with a wall. Hard knocks, lack of funding,
lack of recognition – it’s tough being an Australian
speed skater. Bradbury is from
tropical Queensland, where young athletes are
not exactly queuing up to take part in winter sports, opportunities being
somewhat limited. “Skating?!
It’s just a waste of good ice!” When Bradbury started out in
the early 1990s, Australians had
yet to trouble the scorers when it came to medals
at the Winter Games. They preferred to pursue other
avenues of individual success. It wasn’t as if Bradbury
had nothing to show for it. Without quite reaching
the pinnacle of his sport, he had already done more than
any individual to advance the cause of speed skating
in Australia. And when Bradbury emerged as a
skater of international class, he inspired a generation
of Australians – well, four to be precise –
to take on the world. At Lillehammer 1994, Bradbury
led his Aussie team-mates – Richard Nizielski, Andrew
Murtha and Kieran Hansen – into unknown territory. The men’s 5,000m relay final. For the first time, Australia were on the medals
board at the Winter Games. First Olympic medal for
Australia at the Olympic Games. And yet Bradbury did not feel
entirely fulfilled. He wanted to compete
with the very best. He wanted to win
an individual medal. And away from the relay, Lillehammer had been a personal
disappointment, as was Nagano 1998… ..and Salt Lake City 2002. Only the 1,000m event remained. Bradbury won his
preliminary heat. He then finished third
in the quarterfinal but got a lucky break
when the second-place finisher was disqualified for
obstruction. Among a stronger field in
the semifinal, our Aussie hero hung
around the back, waiting for a break
and then… ..a miracle. Second place and, for the first
time in his long career, Steven Bradbury had reached
an Olympic final, already the best individual
performance at the Winter Games by an Australian skater. Bring this on. His chances of a medal were still between slim and
none… ..because these were the guys with their eyes
on the top prize. Bradbury had one strategy in
mind – hang in there and hope. Ready to go now and we’ll know
in 90 seconds who gets the coveted gold medal. They’re off at the start now
and just a little bit of jockeying for position. Soo from Korea on the inside, Turcotte from Canada
on the outside. Remember, nobody necessarily
needs to go in front, you want to see what’s
happening with the skaters in front of you. Ohno there looking to move on
the inside, then dropping back. You’ve got basically
a four-man pack now with Bradbury in fifth. Turcotte quite comfortable just
ahead of Li and Li’s got himself
in a good position and again Soo goes on the inside
for the lead. The Korean in the bright
blue and yellow, easy to spot, and it’s Soo now in the lead now
with six laps to go. And then again,
Ohno again on the inside trying to get some position. Looks like he wants
to make a move but he’s sitting now
behind Soo, ahead of Li and Turcotte, Bradbury in fifth
from Australia. Now they’re starting to
stretch out a little bit, the field taking shape… ..and Ohno moving up on the
outside. Soo sees him coming but Ohno, there’s nothing Soo
can do about it. Ohno goes wide and then
cuts back in front. And now Ohno, Li has passed
Soo, Ohno was in second, Soo in third, two laps to go. Bradbury way off the pace and Li is now the challenger
for Ohno. – Li coming up on the outside.
– One down. – And Li has gone down.
– Two down. – Ohno and Soo have collapsed.
– Three down. – They’re all down…
– Four down. ..and Bradbury, who is
in the perfect spot, skates over the line. You beauty! Australia’s first-ever
Winter Olympics gold medal, Steven Bradbury is the
champion. Bradbury was having trouble taking in what had just
happened. But when the result
was upheld by the judges, he stepped forward onto the
podium to hear Advance Australia Fair. Steven Bradbury retired from competitive speed skating
in 2005. His autobiography is called
Last Man Standing.

The Story of the Most Surprising Gold Medal: Steven Bradbury | Olympics on the Record

100 thoughts on “The Story of the Most Surprising Gold Medal: Steven Bradbury | Olympics on the Record

  • February 26, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    Why did no one talk about Korea?

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  • February 26, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    There was never any chance of his Gold medal being revoked by the Judges. He did nothing wrong and crossed the line first.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    Silly question but can't one jump over when they see what's happening

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  • March 1, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    I'm so glad Brady talked about this on HI.

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  • March 3, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    It teaches you never to quit and it ain’t over till the fat lady sings

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  • March 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Short track is so unpredictable! I love ittt!!

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  • March 12, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    Slow and steady….

    Wins the race

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  • March 12, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    Legend

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  • March 15, 2019 at 8:19 am
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    For the linguists out there, is the narrator speaking with an MLE accent?

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  • March 20, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    People say he didn't deserve his gold medal, or any medal at all. But he was the only one that dicn't slip, due to many years of dedication to the sport.

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  • March 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    THUG LIFE

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  • March 28, 2019 at 10:51 am
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    And…. The slowest won !! So funny… 😉

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  • March 30, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    When u get a 100 on a group project after doing nothing

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  • March 31, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    More like, most lucky person to have won a gold medal: All his competitors dropped and fell, and all he had to do was stay out of contention for 99% of the race.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    Lets be honest, he deserves that medal 👍🏼

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  • March 31, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    You’d think that Australia would have easily had a chance due to a high population, but they have a smaller population than Texas…

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  • April 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Anyone here after watching Ozzyman?

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  • April 1, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    The fact that an idiot can push you and ruin your and his race makes this sport very dumb

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  • April 2, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    I remember I hated Australian sport in this Era because they were bloody winning everything, even rugby, but I still smiled when I saw this race.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    here from Ozzyman

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  • April 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    This is Steve Nash's economic theory summed up. If everyone goes for the prize, nobody wins.

    Except in this case the one person that played for position got everything because the others got in each other's way.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    There's a saying in Hindi.
    "Jab upar wala deta hai, chapar faad ke deta hai"

    It's something on the lines of: When the guy above giveth, he does so very generously.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    A win by leaving opponents alone.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    "For one to win some must fail"- Unknown.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    He did a Bradbury!

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  • April 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    he was clearly a top 7 skater though. give him that credit.. thjis wasnt a complete fluke. you have to get there first. he wasnt quick enough in the final though- they were flying.

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  • April 7, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    👏🇦🇺👍💪🇦🇺

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  • April 7, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Looks like the south Korean had no (gold) medals either.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    I'm aussie living in Canada and I always respond "Steven Bradbury, Australian legend" when people talk about it

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  • April 9, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    freaking legend

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  • April 9, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    In the Art of War, Sun Tzu said:

    Crikey

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  • April 10, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    What? Speed Skating is dangerous?

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  • April 14, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    NEVER GIVE UP AND GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN!

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  • April 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Ono was clearly interfered with while he was in first place on the final straight, the falling second place Korean grabbed his entire waist to make sure he fell even though the Korean had no good reason to grab his waist.  The committee should have given the gold to Ono there.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    A great metaphor for the American immigration system

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  • April 30, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Ridiculous… He jus got luck!!!!!!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    That man had good karma

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  • April 30, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    Honestly, this makes me proud to be an Australian

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  • May 1, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    well he was the unlucky one on 2 previous Olympics and didn't complain. so now he finally got it.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    jajajaja godddd muy inteligente muy bien

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  • May 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    This was mentioned in hello internet podcast by brady too.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm
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    And thats what we call dumb luck

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  • May 5, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    oh my gosh! that was incredible! He is a miracle!

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  • May 8, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Yo this narrator is amazing!

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  • May 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    Yea man

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  • May 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    4:19

    The commentator nearly laughed just mentioning Brad’s name 😏😏 did anyone notice?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    I remember watching this from the telly at home. It was a big moment already, an Australian being in the finals of a winter olympic. And when he crossed that finish line first, I swear the entire country was stomping and shouting and crying and laughing. It was honestly one of the craziest moments in Aussie history.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    Remember kids, always have hope

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  • May 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    Success is often about being there. Superb!

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  • May 15, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    Chucking in a bradburry

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  • May 21, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    What a joke? Was this an achievement? It was a fluke

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  • May 22, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    "Brandbury, will you come up to accept the gold medal" — Tyrion
    "What do you think I have come all this way for" — Steven Brandbury?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    THIS IS HOW YOU WIN A GAME. SLOW BUT SAFE.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    He did a Bradbury

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Slow and steady wins the race

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  • May 25, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    the last man standing but the first man arriving

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  • May 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    If he was American they would make a movie and call it Miracle on ice 2 .. I would call it the real miracle on ice..USA beating Russia isn't a big deal.. Big teams get beat all the time in sport.. I can give many examples..

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  • May 26, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    I love how all the other skaters are like "Wait, where'd HE come from, OH GOD!!"

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  • May 28, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    Steven your my inspiration

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Why didn't they mention the korean guy?

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    He skated at my local rink. Going ice skating is a common summer activity now, and a lot of the credit probably goes to him

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  • June 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    Those long haired Aussies 🤮

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  • June 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    You can't be luckier than this . But well-deserved medal 😀

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  • June 22, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    That is me when i playing and there are only 4 people left

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  • June 30, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    After watching this, I have nothing but more respect to the guy. I've been watching his highlights over years. This is really a classic story of triumph, a film-worthy story.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    Someone was disqualified, then a fall…. then another fall!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    They have to make a movie of this!!!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    Bring this on!!! The Warrior call of all Aussies, the AZACAS and the proud aboriginal custodians of this wonderful land

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    Thank you! Super inspirational

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    thats some life lessons right there

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  • July 3, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    They others would have been gutted. But it is competitive. And tactics won the day.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    On ya Steve!!! Oi Oi Oi.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    Not as good as the rest but smart and patient. I count this to be a deserving GOLD MEDAL.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    It's 4th of July 2019, and I ended up here. While I was watching this amazing story, someone decided it was a good idea to start chopping onion on my bed. ugh…great story.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Proof there is a Sporting God. Guy was disqualified in quarter final which promoted Steve to second. In semi final some of the other guys fell over and in the final they all fell over. Still my favorite ever Olympic story.

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  • July 6, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    Guerilla speed skating lol.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    Apolo Anton Ohno made this sport so exciting.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 10:28 am
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    The miracle on ice. He made the boots for many of the top skaters,
    was happy to be able to compete in the final,
    & his humility shone through.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    What people forget is that, he still GOT there, yes he won because people fell over, but he had to get to the final

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  • July 10, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    If luck is ok and justified in sport over talent, ability, skill, training etc etc.. then make ‘snakes and ladders’ an Olympic sport. Yes he didn’t cheat but come on, he wasn’t the best in the world at that time…

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  • July 10, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    Sees Steve Irwin
    Cries- Yo, that fkn legend

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  • July 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    What kinda of absolute legend can name his auto-biography "Last man standing"

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  • July 17, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    That's kind of sad to win that medal 😂

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  • July 17, 2019 at 10:28 am
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    This all happened so long ago but I'm still smiling and softly cheering every time I watch him

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    An all time classic!!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    When something is yours, it's just your's and NO ONE can take it away from you.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    Not really a win, but whatever…

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  • July 25, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Well played.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    If anyone wants to call it luck, go break your back, slice your leg open and lose a near fatal amount of blood, and then stay within 20m of the best speed skaters in the world over any distance, and then we can talk. There’s always a bit of luck in sport, you don’t get the chance to win unless your in the top 1% of your sport.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Oh no ohno fell over

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  • August 2, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    Why is the U.S flag turned the wrong way at 3:40?

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  • August 6, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    He was no where close to the rest sheer luck both in semifinal and final

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  • August 6, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    best moment ever.. I really wanna make the bronze statue celebrating that.. there should be one… friggen awesome x

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    The first few times the commentator said Ohno I thought he was supporting South Korea or something 😅

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    Jajajaja bien dice el dicho "Nadie sabe para quien Trabaja" el solo espero y el universo se encargo del resto.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    By accident 😂 lol

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  • August 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    he will always be the luckiest gold medalist in winter olympic history

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    He deserved that medal, he got into the final and had a plan.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Imagine getting a medal stripped away from you cuz some guy in front of you fell over

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  • August 25, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    (Non original) That is probably how I won as a sperm.

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