China’s Liu Xiang won the gold medal for the 110m hurdles at the 2004 Olympics. He missed the 2008 games in his home country because of a debilitating achilles injury. He returned for the 2012 games and during his medal race pulled up limp before the first hurdle.
He still managed to turn in the most inspiring Olympic moment this year when he picked himself up, and then struggled to finish the race to a standing ovation, which BuzzFeed recaps in GIFs. Read their post in Morgan Freeman’s voice and you will certainly tear up.
It can certainly be easy to get jaded from the Olympics, but this is not one of those moments. This is why the Olympics still matter.