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From the home of Zeus in Olympia to the modern Games, there have been many memorable and iconic moments at the Olympic Games.

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BEST sits at the heart of the Blacktown International portspark. Originally developed for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games for the hockey and softball competitions, the park has continued to grow its reputation as a world class venue for sporting teams and the local community.

Paying tribute the Olympic connection, each room at The Lodge is named after an Olympic year and the city, so you could very well be staying in a room named after an Olympic Games where sporting history was made. Here are just some of the moments celebrated for their historical and cultural significance, as well as the remarkable athletic achievements they represent.

Jesse Owens, 1936 Berlin Olympics: Owens, an African-American athlete, won four gold medals, undermining the Nazi regime’s propaganda about racial superiority.

Nadia Comăneci’s Perfect 10, 1976 Montreal Olympics: Romanian gymnast Comăneci scored the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics history, a feat thought impossible.

Greg Louganis’s Comeback, 1988 Seoul Olympics: After hitting his head on the diving board during preliminaries, Louganis returned to win gold in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform.

Derek Redmond’s Determination, 1992 Barcelona Olympics: Despite tearing his hamstring in the 400m semi-final, Redmond finished the race with the help of his father, epitomizing the Olympic spirit.

Michael Johnson’s Double Gold, 1996 Atlanta Olympics: Johnson became the first man to win both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympics, setting a world record in the 200m.

Michael Phelps’s Record Eight Gold Medals, 2008 Beijing Olympics: Phelps broke Mark Spitz’s 1972 record in the pool for the most gold medals in a single Olympics.

Usain Bolt’s Sprint Records, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics: Bolt set world records in the 100m and 200m in Beijing and defended both titles in London, becoming a global sprinting icon.

Simone Biles’s Gymnastics Dominance, 2016 Rio Olympics: Biles won four gold medals and a bronze, displaying extraordinary skill and contributing to Team USA’s dominance in gymnastics.

Cathy Freeman, 400 metres at 2000 Sydney Olympics: With the expectation of the nation on her shoulders, her victory was a moment of
ecstasy at a time of national reckoning.

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