Great New Zealand Olympic Moments



  • Have been following the NZ Heralds special greatest 25 NZ Olympians.
    Today was Jack Lovelock and his incredible 1500 Gold Medal at the 1936 Games.
     
    Thanks to the magic of Youtube we can relive this amazing moment in History.
     



  • Might still be the most classic piece of commentary on NZ sport!
     
    Love it!



  • Might still be the most classic piece of commentary on NZ sport!
    Love it!

    And how many NZ Olympic champions have received the Nazi salute after their win !?!



  • And how many NZ Olympic champions have received the Nazi salute after their win !?!

    Hitler gave him a small oak tree thats still growing in the grounds of the secondary school he went to in Timaru.



  • is it still a small oak tree?



  • is it still a small oak tree?



  • Might still be the most classic piece of commentary on NZ sport!
     
    Love it!

    By none other than Harold Abrahams of Chariots of Fire fame.



  • Might still be the most classic piece of commentary on NZ sport!
    Love it!
    World sport. Probably just not well known



  • Love that commentary. "Come on Jack! My god he's done it!"
    Trying to think of the most excited I've been by an Olympic medal.
    I think it was probably Todd and Charisma at LA. The nerves and tension were incredible.
    Loved Sarah Ulmer's ride at Athens. But being in Aus I didn't see much coverage of it.
    Bond and Murray in London was awesome. Especially as the Aussie comms (James Brayshaw) just loved them.
    On the subject of middle distance runners Snell's run in the 1500m at Tokyo was freakish. Didn't Davies say he was sprinting as fast as he could and Snell just gassed them?
    "The Golden Hour" in Rome has a certain legendary status too.
    Even if both the last two were before my time.



  • that's a cool video eh, great run.
    seeing him pulling on the silver fern jumper way back then can't help but think 'how on earth couldn't you useless politician cunts organise to just stick that on a flag and give us something half-decent to vote for'.



  • A NZ commentator who sounds like he went to Eton. God save the King as the anthem if my ears don't deceive me. And the whole Nazi thing going on.



  • Billy!! Harold Abrahams was the commentator. He was very BBC. British. Not a NZer.
    (And from wiki ... And it wasn't Eton it was Bedford School and Repton School, then Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. Son of a Jewish immigramt - which is why he was able to run the 100m on Sunday whilst the Scottish guy being a devout Christian switched to the four hundy and they made a movie about it ... ).



  • I have the memory of a goldfish when it comes to the Olympics but this was by far and away my favourite moment of the 2012 London games:
     


     
    Fucking brilliant to watch live.



  • Danyon Loader, the Tri 1-2 in Athens, Ferg & Macd in LA



  • Abrahams the commentator and Lovelock were personal friends IIRC, both at Oxford at the time, hence the biased support on the commentary (which I assume would have been unusual in those times)



  • Loader's gold medal swims in the pool were a highlight for me too.  The other race I enjoyed was the Evers-Swindell twins second gold at Beijing where they pipped the Germans on the finish line by 1/100 th of a sec.  Very tense watching that live.
     
    BTW, Lovelock and Abrahams would have know eachother through the Achilles Club - a track and field club for past and present representatives of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  Lovelock went to Oxford and Abrahams went to Cambridge.



  • Danyon Loader, the Tri 1-2 in Athens, Ferg & Macd in LA

    We watched Loader's two medals in our 7th form common room (not sure how we got a TV assigned there, but . . . bonus!) - it was a rare occasion when we cheered for someone who had attended a rival co-ed school across town.
     
    I couldn't make the parade when he got back to town, but it seems like it was pretty cool.
     
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/back-in-the-day-danyon-loader-gets-hero-s-welcome-after-winning-olympic-gold-6049625



  • I particularly love Snell's 1500m gold. He just wiped the floor with them in that last lap.
     
    Also love all the rowing golds. I was involved in the pre work for Karapiro 2010, the construction of the HPC, and various parades, and had a lot to do with the rowers (I went to a special event at the Cambridge racecourse in 2008 where the rowing community/families watched the golden hour. Fuck, that was a great night.) They were really good people. Eric Murray was always a hoot. Jandals, potty mouth, totally himself. Mahe quiet and polite. I knew about him and Juliet long before it went public (was so obvious when you saw them together.) Rob Waddell was a bit of a sulky dick though. When all that selection stuff went down with Mahe, he wouldn't even stand near him or speak to him.



  • I think John Walker's gold for me. We watched it in a motor camp in Timaru and my sister and I had to go and ask the camp owner if he would turn on the TV so we could watch it. Then the whole room filled up with people watching.



  • We watched Loader's two medals in our 7th form common room (not sure how we got a TV assigned there, but . . . bonus!) - it was a rare occasion when we cheered for someone who had attended a rival co-ed school across town.
     
    I couldn't make the parade when he got back to town, but it seems like it was pretty cool.
     
    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/back-in-the-day-danyon-loader-gets-hero-s-welcome-after-winning-olympic-gold-6049625

    IIRC one of his medals was on a weekend, my recollection of the finals was during a Northland golf trial, and everyone was on the course buzzing which was a Saturday or Sunday