The Most Unexpected Gold Medal In History - Steven Bradbury | Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics





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Published on Feb 16, 2012

Australia's Steven Bradbury achieves an unexpected gold medal in the short tack speed skating event, taking advantage of a mistake causing his fellow finalists to fall at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Coming into the five-man final, Steven Bradbury was the rank outsider and as the race progressed his chances looked slimmer with each passing lap. But as the leading quartet rounded the final bend, Lia Jiajun (CHN) tried an over-ambitious overtaking manoeuvre outside Apollo Ohno (USA), sending them both onto the ice and bringing down Mathieu Turcotte (CAN) and Ahn Hyun-soo (KOR) in the process. This left the way clear for a nonplussed Bradbury to cross the line unchallenged and claim the most unexpected of gold medals.

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Lucy Hunt
This is so Australian. I love it
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Tony Fisher
This is so ironic. I won the London marathon exactly the same way.
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You might ask, how did such a slow skater even make the gold medal finals? Well, in his previous round the exact same thing happened, where he was so far behind that he avoided the final turn pile up.
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Bob Bill
This is probably how I won as a sperm
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Russell Coight
If you watch the interviews with Steve he is really inspirational. He had an accident prior to the previous Olympics when an opponents skate sliced an artery in his leg and he nearly bleed to death on the ice. After recovering he was caught up in a fall and went head first into the wall breaking his neck. He STILL skated after recovering and worked his arse off to be at the next Olympics. People who laugh at him haven't lived as much their whole lives as he has in the days leading up to this race.
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And this my friends, is how natural selection really works.
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This is one of the most Australian things on the internet lol
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His made some mad cash on this. Australia's only winter gold medal ever. So good. Held the rear like a champ till it mattered most. Like my dad.
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1:39 NOOOOooooo 
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