Athletes train their entire lives to make it to the Olympics and then only dream of winning a gold medal. To ensure her dream came true, Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller, literally threw herself over the finish line.
American runner Allyson Felix was the favorite to win the 400-meter dash, but Miller crushed her hopes with a controversial tactic. Running neck-and-neck, Miller opted for a last-minute dive across the finish line. The controversial, yet totally legal, move earned her a gold medal, while Felix had to settle for silver.
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Social media quickly jumped on the chance to turn the dramatic moment into clever memes.
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Felix, however, was not laughing. It took her nearly an hour after her loss to talk to reporters. “I’m a competitor. I went for it. At the moment,” she said at the time.
“It’s just painful. I feel emotionally and physically drained at this point…Just disappointment, you know. I don’t think I’ve quite had a year this tough. I just really wanted it.”
She was in better spirits the next morning, as her silver medal now makes her the most decorated American female track & field athlete.
Meanwhile, Miller is celebrating her win and even admits she’s never used the dive method prior to the race.
“I’ve never done it before. I have some cuts and bruises, a few burns… it hurts,” Miller said.
“When I was on the ground I didn’t know I’d won. I still don’t know how it happened. What was in my mind was I had to get a gold medal. The next thing I was on the ground. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. Congratulations on your gold medal, Miller. Better yet, thanks for the memes!