Going Down Memory Lane-The Best Sporting Fairytales
Just like all other aspects of life and love, sports too has fairytales, times when the ending was so perfect, you could not have tried to write it better! What’s more, the evil villain is defeated and the superhero lives happily ever after. Sounds unbelievable? Believe it, because it’s true. There have been sporting events where it seemed unlikely that a select person or team would actually be able to even reach finals, let alone win in a way that would change the course of history! Let us head down the memory lane and see what sporting fairytales are in store that have been hidden in the dust of times.
Wimbledon’s Greatest Story
This may sound like an exaggerated statement, but it has actually happened. Boris Becker, 17 year old Wimbledon player was able to come out on the top unexpectedly. He was able to win the warm up of the 1985 Wimbledon Championships and it was there that the commentators named him the “future Wimbledon champion”. Strangely enough, in three weeks’ time, this statement came true! Queens Club was only an initial win for him. Even though it seemed unlikely that he would be able to win against such contenders as Kevin Curren, he was still able to come out as a victor. This was one of the greatest and most surprising wins of Wimbledon.
He Won the Title Back!
Yes, this is about Mohammad Ali who had been exiled because of his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. He was stripped of his winning title and all hopes that he would ever be able to regain the fame and expertise he had were lost. Yet, he made a true comeback in the year 1974 by beating George Foreman, a player who was considered to be the best of the best in boxing at that time. Ali’s rope-a-dope tactics became an inspiration and guidance for many more boxers to come. And it was after this match that one of the most famous commentating lines were uttered by Harry Carpenter, “Oh my God, he’s won the title back at 32!”
From Cancer to Champion
This is exactly what happened to , who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1979. Doctors told him he had no more than 8 months to live, but it was only two years later that he made history with his companion horse Aldaniti by gaining a Grand National victory in 1981. These are the things that true fairytales are made of. Champion now in his late 60’s is a major fund-raiser for his cancer trust.
Back from the Dead
Niki Lauda was all but dead when his car totaled and caught fire in 1976 season. At this time he was at the peak of his career and drove in Formula One for Ferrari. But the accident that he was a part of was so huge that he was even read his Last Rites. Yet it was only after 6 weeks that Lauda was back on the track and driving again. It was only by a single point that he lost the championship. He still won the titles for Ferrari and McLaren in 1977 and 1984.
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