2012 Olympics | July 27 - August 12

100 Memorable U.S. Olympic Moments

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Charley Paddock Leaps For Gold (1920)

After serving in the U.S. Marines during World War I, Charley Paddock competed in the 1920 Olympics as part of the track and field team. While there, the Gainesville, Texas, native turned heads with his unusual finishing style, leaping toward the finish line ahead of his competition. The style worked. Paddock took home gold in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay and silver in the 200 meters.
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