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Top 5 Sports Moments of 2016

Top 5 Sports Moments of 2016

#5 Brazil Men's Soccer Wins Rio Olympic Gold

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Brazil men under performed in the previous two Olympics. Despite being the host country, expectations were low for them in Rio. They tied their first two matches in Rio, then went on a terror,in the elimination rounds. Winning the gold in front of their fans in a penalty kick shoot out is as great a finish one could dream of. 

#4 Usain Bolt Three-Peats

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• Gold Medal: 100m, 9.81
• Gold Medal: 200m, 19.78
• Gold Medal: 4x100m, 37.27

Usain Bolt has competed in nine total events in the Olympics. Bolt has earned nine total gold medals. His Rio races were the closest of his Olympic career, making them the most exciting to watch. But like he did in London and Beijing, Bolt stole the show.

#3 Chicago Cubs End the Curse

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The Chicago Cubs break a 107 year curse. Defeating the American League champion Cleveland Indians was a century old prophecy that finally came to fruition in an extra inning, Game 7 World Series thriller.

#2 Simone Biles Dominates in Rio

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• Gold Medal: Individual All-Around Women, 62.198
• Gold Medal: Vault Women, 15.966
• Gold Medal: Team Competition, 184.897
• Gold Medal: Floor Exercises Women, 15.966
• Bronze Medal: Balance Beam Women, 14.733

Biles cements her legacy as the single GREATEST gymnast in U.S. history in Rio. After winning gold in the all-around for three consecutive World Championships, and gold in the floor exercise for three consecutive World Championships, en route to 13 total World Championship gold medals, Biles only needed Olympic gold to solidify her place in history. She accomplished that and more with a near flawless Rio Olympics. Five competitions - four golds, one bronze. 

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#1 Kris Jenkins game winner
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With rotating lead changes every two minutes in the second half, and two unforgettable shots in the final 8 seconds of regulation, Kris Jenkins' game winner to knock off the North Carolina Tar Heels, is easily the top sports moment of 2016. 

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Honorable Mention

Cleveland Cavaliers bring "The Land" its first championship in decades

 

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