A memorable Olympic moment from 2002 has resurfaced online after netizens began talking about it on social media.
The viral incident involves Australian athlete Steven Bradbury who shocked audiences during the 2002 Winter Olympics after his so-called “unexpected” victory.
Bradbury was competing in the five-man final for speed skating.
He was the “rank outsider” whom everyone expected to lose as he was far behind his competition throughout the race.
However, by some stroke of luck, Bradbury was able to catch up at the very last bend around the ice.
Chinese skater Lia Jiajun attempted to overtake American Apolo Ohno, but both of them ended up in a collision.
Their fall also took down Canada’s Mathieu Turcotte and South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo resulting in a rare four-skater pile-up.
Bradbury, who appeared far behind, was able to evade them all, resulting in an easy glide to the finish.
Bradbury’s win would later be known as “the most unexpected of gold medals” in Olympic history.
Watch the not-so-glorious victory here:
The Twitterverse brought the moment back over the weekend as speed skating events commence at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.
I’d just like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the greatest moment in Winter Olympic – nay, OLYMPIC – history, featuring Steven Bradbury of Australia, winning gold. #winterolympics #openingceremony pic.twitter.com/Lex8Nn3Mk0
— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) February 9, 2018
I use the phrase “watch me Bradbury this shit” at least once a year, every year.
— Patrick Stokes (@patstokes) February 9, 2018
It’s that time of year again where we pay tribute to Aussie legend Steven Bradbury who won gold in 2002 speed skating after all of the other skating fell over each other pushing him from last to first 🇦🇺🎉 pic.twitter.com/kJlMHX5iPW
— Julia Ball (@julialball) February 10, 2018
to “pull a Bradbury” is now an actual phrase in Australia https://t.co/sSUiNzX1cL
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 10, 2018
Steven Bradbury is my hero for neatly showing how success isn’t just hard work and talent, but sheer, improbable and totally unfair luck is involved. https://t.co/JUSRA9cLAU
— the wanton rejection of the fruits of civilisation (@erstkate) February 9, 2018
Feature Image via YouTube/Olympic