Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang injures his achilles, finishes race anyway
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Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang offers one of the most inspiring moments of the Olympic games

8/7/12 in Olympics, Summer   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Aug 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Xiang Liu (CHN) reacts after falling in the mens 110m hurdles heats during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY SportsChinese hurdler Liu Xiang was the gold medalist in the 110M hurdles in 2004, but had to drop out of the race in 2008 because of achilles issues.

He was back for this year, but his achilles failed him once again, and he went down immediately after the race started, in obvious pain.

He started to leave the track, but changed his mind, and proceeded to hop on one foot and complete the race.

Well, partially. He obviously didn't clear any of the hurdles, but he did stop at the last hurdle to kiss it before crossing the finish line, where he was met by the other athletes.

He didn't get the gold that he wanted, but Xiang showed great heart and determination, and embodied what the Olympic spirit is all about. For that, I thank him.

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8/8/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The video has been removed by the user, but I found it on YouTube, here.  Thank you, Pat, for sharing this.  This represents the true spirit of the Olympic games, not just Liu, but the other athletes who came to his assistance as he crossed the finish line.  THAT is what the Olympics should be about, not throwing games to get a better match!!