Before the sports lovers bid a final adieu to the year 2008, I’d like them to catch the greatest moments of the year. Many games were lost by our favorites while many were won. Some became the world champions and some lost their long possessed titles. However, what matters the most is the sportsman spirit we witnessed throughout the year. Here I invite you to cherish the most defining moments of the year.
Marion Jones sentenced to six months
Marion Jones sentenced to six months in prison for steroids use and cheque fraud.
Patriots nearly perfect, but the Giants are Super Bowl champions
Greatest Super Bowl catch ever
The New York Giants became NFL champions after beating the New England Patriots with a 17-14 victory.
David Tyree leaped high to make spectacular 32-yard circus catch to help Giants’ win in the last minute of the match.
Big Brown delivers Kentucky Derby victory
The undefeated Big Brown marked a victory again at the 134th Kentucky Derby by 4¾ lengths and emerged as the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
A gritty playoff on a bum knee … but Tiger Woods wins the 2008 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods made a remarkable win in 2008 U.S. Open with 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate.
The Boston Celtics Defeat The Los Angeles Lakers For Championship
The Boston Celtics were NBA Champions when they picked up their 17th league championship by defeating the Lakers with the largest margin of victory in a championship finale by scoring 131-92.
Spain Wins Euro 2008 Title
Spanish Captain Iker Casillas lifts the Euro 2008 trophy after Spain defeated Germany 1-0.
Best Wimbledon Match Ever
Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon, who won: 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7.
2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony
The nearly four hour ceremony was held in the National Stadium known as the Bird’s Nest. It was attended by thousands, and watched by millions more on television.
Amputee Natalie du Toit makes Olympic history at Shunyi
The South African Swimmer, Natalie du Toit made history as the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games, finishing 16th in a field of 25.
United States wins men’s basketball Olympic gold
The United States defeated Spain 118-107 to take the men’s basketball gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing.
Phelps creates history at Olympics by clinching eighth gold medal
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won his eight gold medal in the Olympics which turned out to be a record after U.S. swimmer Marc Spitz’s who won seven gold medals in the 1972 Games.
Usain Bolt smashes world 100 metres record at Beijing Olympics
Usain Bolt set another record by running the Olympics 100-meter dash in a mere 9.69 seconds and broke his own record by .03 second.
Rebecca Adlington wins gold for Britain in 400m freestyle
Rebecca Adlington wins gold medal to become an Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle after 48 years since the last British woman had the honor of winning the title.
Chris Hoy wins gold treble
Chris Hoy turned out to be a hero of the Great Britain by winning three gold medals in five days of consecutive competition comprising 15 races.
Harrington claims US PGA title
After winning the 90th PGA Championship golf tournament at the Oakland Hills Country Club, Harrington became the first man since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win the last two major championships of the year.
Lance Armstrong is back
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong decided to come out of retirement and compete in 2009 Tour de France.
Phillies finally beat the Tampa Bay Rays to win World Series
Howard homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 in Game 4 of the World Series final match.
Lewis Hamilton becomes the youngest ever world champion in Brazil
Lewis Hamilton of McLaren became Formula One’s youngest world champion at Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
New Zealand win Rugby League World Cup
New Zealand won 34-20 and became Rugby League World Cup champion by beating Australia in Brisbane on November 22, 2008.