5 of the Best Aussie Sporting Moments
Here are five of the most memorable sporting moments that make you proud to be an Aussie.
5. Adam Scott wins the US Masters
In 2013, Adam Scott became the first ever Australian to win the US Masters, defeating Argentina’s Angel Cabrera in a sudden death play-off. Cabrera’s putt stopped just millimetres from the final hole, leaving Scott with the opportunity to win it all. With great composure, Scott sunk the winning putt from four metres out.
4. Leo BARRY, you star!
The 2005 AFL grand final saw Leo Barry become a cult hero for the Swans. In the dying seconds of the game, Barry took a mark in a big pack to secure the Swans a long-awaited premiership win against the West Coast Eagles.
3. Rockstars of the pool
Our boys felt no pressure when the undefeated USA Olympic swimming team said they would “smash them like guitars” in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. Ian Thorpe swam the lap of his life to help the Aussies take out the gold medal and become world record holders. And who could forget their famous air guitar celebrations!
2. The goal that stopped a nation
John Aloisi’s penalty against Uruguay in 2005 saw Australia qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1974. Aloisi broke the 1-1 tie between Australia and Uruguay by scoring the game winning penalty. The moment was voted as the most memorable at the ANZ Stadium and helped reignite the nation’s passion for football.
1. Doing a Bradbury
Three unbelievable events at the 2002 Winter Olympics helped Steven Bradbury become one of the luckiest and most unforgettable gold medal winners in the world.
He was looking likely for the wooden spoon after he was put in the same race as Apolo Anton Ohno, the favourite from the host nation, and Marc Gagnon, the defending world champion. Bradbury finished third and didn’t advance as only the top two go through to the semi-finals. However, Gagnon was disqualified for obstructing another racer meaning Bradbury was through!
In the semi’s, he was coming in last place when all three competitors crashed, paving the way for Bradbury to take first place and advance to the finals.
In the final, knowing he had slim chances of winning, Bradbury decided to stay at the back of the pack hoping for the rest of the group to crash. And just his luck, they did! He was about 15 metres behind with only 50 metres left to go when all four of his competitors crashed at the final corner and the rest is history!
He became the first person from the southern hemisphere to win a Winter Olympic event and “Doing a Bradbury” has now become a term used when someone gains unexpected or unusual success.