The 5 most inspirational Olympic moments

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The 5 most inspiring Olympic moments

5. Muhammad Ali, Atlanta 1996

The lighting of the Olympic flame is a special moment at every Olympic Games, but Muhammad Ali's is one of the most touching.
It came nearly 40 years after he won gold in boxing. The world held their breath as he held the torch with shaking hands as a result of Parkinson's disease.

It came as a reminder that not even illness can stop the world's greatest athletes.

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4. Team Korea, Sydney 2000

At the 2000 opening ceremony, North and South Korea marched under one flag as symbol of peace.

The flag depicted the image of both countries as one.

It was a powerful statement from two nations that have feuded for decades.

3. Abebe Bikila, Rome 1960

Adebe Bikila was placed on the Ethiopian Olympic team after another athlete was injured.

He made all the way to the men's marathon to learn the shoes he was given didn't fit. So he ran barefoot. That day, an unknown athlete and son of a shepherd became a gold medalist.

He won another gold medal in Tokyo, four years later ... with shoes.

2. Kerri Strug, Atlanta 1996

18-year-old American gymnast Kerri Strug injured her ankle in her first vault in 1996.

She tore two ligaments, but overcame the excruciating pain to go for a second vault.

She stuck the landing perfectly before falling to the floor in excruciating pain Because she pushed forward, the U.S. gymnastics team took the gold.

1. Derek Redmond, Barcelona 1992

Derek Redmond was of Britain's biggest track stars in the '80s and '90s.

He was a favorite to win the 400-meter at the '92 Olympics, but his dreams were crushed when he felt his hamstring pop mid-dash. In an inspiring move, he refused a stretcher and hopped to the finish line, while his father pushed past security to be by his son's side.

Redmond may not have won, but he remains inspiration for Olympic athletes to finish what they start.

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SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 10: Simone Biles waits to warm up on the uneven bars during Day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at SAP Center on July 10, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: Gymnast Madison Kocian poses for a portrait at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 11: Mykayla Skinner of United States competes on the Beam during practice prior to the 2016 FIG Artistic World Cup at The Emirates Arena on March 11, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: MyKayla Skinner of USA competes on the Floor on her way to winning gold during the Womens All-Around Artistic World Cup competition at the Emirates Arena on March 12, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Ragan Smith competes on the uneven bars during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 10: Gabrielle Douglas warms up on the floor exercise during day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 10, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Simone Biles during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Gabrielle Douglas during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Alexandra Raisman with Mihai Brestyan after competing on the balance beam during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Lauren Hernandez competes on the uneven bars during Day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Lauren Hernandez competes on the floor exercise during Day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 10: Lauren Hernandez warms up on the uneven bars during Day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at SAP Center on July 10, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Gabrielle Douglas competes on the floor exercise during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 24: MyKayla Skinner competes in the floor exercise during day one of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 24, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Ragan Smith before competing on the balance beam during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
EVERETT, WA - APRIL 10: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam during Day 3 of the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at Xfinity Arena on April 10, 2016 in Everett, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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