The Olympic Games are always exciting. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are spectacles where host countries go above and beyond in everything from the performances to the official Olympic Torch. Millions of people stay up late to watch their country’s athletes enter the arena and kick off the Games. The events themselves, of course, dominate news channels, magazines, social media and water cooler conversation for weeks, and almost everyone has a favorite athlete.
Nothing, however, is more exciting than an Olympic first. Millions of people outside of America cheered on Usain Bolt when he became the first person to successfully defend his gold medals in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints, and media channels across the world went bananas when Michael Phelps clinched his historic eight gold medals in a single Games. Some Olympic firsts, however, have defined their sport and the Games for generations to come. After all, someone had to be the first to break the historic 10 second barrier in track, and there was a skier out there who was the first to do a front flip. After such game-changers happen for the first time, athletes everywhere scramble to bring their skills up to the same level, and audiences watch in awe as Olympians do things no one had ever seen before. Such Olympic firsts tend to stick in people’s minds for years to come. Do you know these Olympic firsts?