The Top 10 Moments in U.S. Olympic History


Honorable Mention: Muhammad Ali Lights the Torch (Atlanta 1996)

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At the age of 18, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) won the Light Heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics. At the age of 54 and suffering from Parkinson's disease, Ali lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Games. Additionally, Ali was given a new gold medal to replace the one he earned – but no longer possessed – from the 1960 Olympics (supposedly, Ali threw the original gold medal in the Ohio River, after being refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant).

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