5 LEGENDARY Olympic Moments From Asian Athletes

5 LEGENDARY Olympic Moments From Asian Athletes

If you look at his face when he lands
he was like… Nina hm? Time for a video ohhh, it’s that time again It’s that time… It’s that time again It’s that time of the week! So, this video is on 5 Legendary Olympic Stories from, I’ll say, extraordinary Asian Athletes Perhaps pulling on the
heartstrings a little Uh-oh, do I have to cry? Not necessarily sad
maybe inspirational, maybe… motivational Yeah, happy tears, happy tears
nothing that’s sad It could still be sad Yeah… well nooo Anyway, let’s get into our video ok Number 1, ‘No Quit’ You know how people say
yellow men can’t run or yellow man can’t jump But this was proven to
perhaps not be true because a Chinese athlete, Liu Xiang got gold, in the 110 meter hurdles in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Oh, ok Which involves running and jumping Yo, yellow men can run and jump Actually his nickname’s ‘The Yellow Bullet’ and he’s not bad looking Ok…Nina Let’s just add that in very relevant to the topic So he’s the only male athlete
in the history to achieve the Triple Crown
in the 110m hurdles So of course he’s like a
cultural icon in China I think my dad was so into it He was so excited watching it live
cause he’s Chinese 4 years later in the Olympics
the next Olympics he was set to compete again And the pressure was on him because first of all, he’s the defending champion
he’s the favourite to win the event and even worse in terms of pressure
it was the Beijing Olympics So, it was race day
He’s about to run Chinese crowd, cheering him on Getting goosebumps It was like *bang*, they run
and then someone did a false start During the false start
he pulled his achilles tendon And he had to pull out And then he’s walking off
completely dejected and heartbroken and the Chinese crowd was in shock He could not relive 4 years ago In the press conference afterwards he was like, I’m not gonna give up
I’m not gonna quit He says he’s gonna do well
in the next Olympics 4 years from now
his third Olympics He healed his achilles tendon Continued to train for
the 2012 London Olympics And this was undoubtedly his
very last chance to capturing glory Despite his age, he was still
one of the favourites if not the favourite
to win this event Race day Let’s watch Oh god… He’s older now Ah he’s smiling, he’s smiling
he’s gonna win …he smiled Oh no! “well, tragedy again for Liu Xiang
he’s holding his achilles” The same injury His last olympics… “..a big shock, and I do mean a big shock” “He’s avoiding the wheelchair
and he’s just hopped off, as you can see” Hopping away… “and that is a very sad exit…” So that’s it? That’s it? He’s hopping off? This is heartbreaking
he suffered the same catastrophic injury that destroyed his dreams in Beijing
it’s all over However, in an inspirational act Xiang decided that even though
the race was over he didn’t want to quit even though he could only stand
on one foot “and that is a very sad exit indeed…” He’s going back What’s he doing? “…he will not survive
he will not survive” He has to finish The crowd is cheering “He wanted to get to the last hurdle
that’s what he wanted to do” He kissed the last hurdle “It’s a very sad sad situation…” “They’re all coming around to help him” “and that is one of the great great athletes “and this may well be Liu Xiang
bowing out of the athletics arena” He completed his final race albeit on one leg That’s sad And imagine if you’re actually Chinese
and you were invested in this I think my dad went crazy, he was… So shortly after that
he officially retired Why is he not competing this year? Because he’s old Nina and… He’s still good looking Well yeah, ok yeah You should try out for the Olympics and then we’re gonna compete We’re gonna compete in the Olympics? Why? How? I dunno What the hell? What are you good at? I’ve just pulled my achilles tendon watching
him pull his achilles tendon Ok, number 2, ‘Self-Sacrifice’ This Olympic story comes from the
1976 Olympic games in Montreal, Canada And this is about an Olympic gymnast
from Japan Yay …called Shun Fujimoto So he’s set to compete in a
gymnastic team event with his teammates, 6 altogether It came down to the Japanese
and the Russians, for the gold So it was Fujimoto’s turn
on the pommel horse which is that… Yeah yeah, I know that one And at this point
Japan was just behind Russia The pressure was on ohh, I hate that But what everyone didn’t know
at the time, just prior to this he was doing the floor exercise
which was another event He landed awkwardly
and he broke his knee So he no-sold it and then afterwards he smiled
for the crowd, for the judges and he walked off putting
all the pressure on his foot because he didn’t want the Russian team
to know he was injured But guess what? He still had 2 more events to go and if he pulled out
the whole team loses cause it’s a combined score He didn’t even tell his teammates He did not wanna discourage them He did not wanna freak them out But he did consult with
one person, the doctor “Can you give me pain killers?”
and he’s like “Can’t even give you pain killers
it’s against Olympic rules” So he’s like, ok
I just have to do this I have to this for my team
I have to do this for Japan getting goosebumps, look He got on the pommel horse
and at the end of it he was successful He got a 9.5 out of a possible 10 and no one knew he was injured oh my god He sucked up the pain
he gutted it out and his team was in it
still neck-and-neck with the Russians But, there was still one more event to go and what was this event? It was rings You’re suspended 8 feet high up
in the air He knew that at the end
of this performance he had to do a twisting double
somersault dismount an 8 feet drop
landing on his broken knee and he had to perfectly… stand And if he didn’t stick the landing
the team would surely lose at this point cause it was just so close He was like, the pommel horse
good, I did that but… oh crap Let’s watch “I knew that when I descended
from the rings…” “it would be the most painful moment” “There was only one thing to do…” “I must try to forget the pain” “those who were there recall it… “as the most courageous act
in Olympic gymnastic history” Oh my god So, upon landing
his knee broke apart Not just broke…I mean
it completely dislocated Ligament were all pulled and damaged If you look at his face when he lands
he was like… And he kept up his smile
for the crowd and the judges he raised his arms in his final display
as tears rolled down his face And you know what? He got a 9.7 out of a possible 10
his best score on the rings ever Oh my gosh It was pretty damn close
with the Russians at this point but his teammates inspired
and determined by his courageous act
with one man down they persevered and just
beat the Russians by the slightest margin They won the gold This reminds me of that Simpsons episode “Out of the way…” “Uh, does this hurt?” “Aaah” “I’m afraid that leg is
hanging by a thread” “and they’re gonna try for a field goal” “That would win the game” Ok, number 3
‘The Greatest Day Of His Life’ So this is a story about Pyambu Tuul I’m sure I pronounced that wrong
but he is from Mongolia and he competed in the
1992 Olympic games in Barcelona He was determined
he trained hard and he wanted to do his
very best in the games and in actually the most gruelling event which is the marathon So, the race starts Despite all his training
he just wanted that good Like in fact, he was really bad
he fell back to the rear of the field But let’s just cut to the chase In the end, the South Korean
Hwang Young-Cho crossed the line to win the gold medal
at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 23 seconds Pyambu Tull was still over
2 hours away from the stadium He wasn’t even close In total, over 4 hours later
he finally finished the race He was dead last So afterwards, he was interviewed A reporter asked him
why he was so slow He answered
“No my time was not slow…” “after all, you could call my run…” “…a Mongolian Olympic marathon record” Very optimistic The reporter who asked the question
wasn’t really satisfied with the answer and asked him another question
hoping to provoke something provoke a reaction So he was like then
is this your greatest day of your life? So this is what he said “As for it being the greatest day of my life,
no it isn’t.” “Till six months ago,
I had no sight at all.” “I was a totally blind person” “When I trained, it was only with the aid
of friends, who ran with me” “I had to undergo an operation
and after 20 years, I could see again” “So today wasn’t the greatest day of my life.” “The greatest day of my life was
when I got my sight back…” “and I saw my wife and two daughters
for the first time” “And they are beautiful” That was the greatest day of his life Alright, now I’m inspired You’re inspired Alright, number 4, ‘Color Blur’ Now you know what?
I’m not gonna set this up I’m just gonna dive
right into the moment South Korean Olympian, Im Dong-Hyun Set the world record in archery during the 2012 London Olympic games by scoring a 699 out of a possible 720 World record You like archery? Yeah I like archery, tried it once Oh you tried it? We should go archery Yeah it’s nice Was that good England? We should DO archery Well, in the previous story we told Pyambu Tuul was cured of his blindness
and went on to compete in the Olympics Im Dong-Hyun however
was never cured What? He set the world record
while being blind He’s a blind archer So he’s previously won 2 Olympic
gold medals in mens team event He’s a gold medalist
2-time gold medalist Well I will clarify
he has 20/200 vision which is almost blind
it’s considered ‘legally blind’ He’s gotta be 10 times closer to an object
than a normal person with a decent eyesight Really, all he sees, are blurs of colors Color blurs! Color blurs, oh that’s why color blurs, I see The target, it’s like an orange blur Everything’s just a drunk Picasso painting
like it’s just… So how is this possible? How is this possible Nina?
Explain to me Oh wait, that’s my job, ok So how is it possible for him to put an arrow
into a grapefruit-sized target from nearly a football field away How he does this is that he relies
mainly on muscle memory because the target placement and distance
for a particular event never changes It’s less about seeing, and more about
holding your arms in the exact perfect position down to the millimeter That’s so precise, my gosh In fact, he says seeing the target actually
distracts him from getting the motion right He says “When I look down the range
at the target…” “all I can do is try to distinguish
between the different colors” “If I couldn’t see the colors,
now that would be a problem” Can’t argue with results “And today we’re watching Im Dong-Hyun” “and Mr. Im…puts it in the 10 ring” Ok, number 5
“54 Years and 8 Months” For our final story
let’s go back in time Way back in time to 1912 The 1912 Olympic games
in Stockholm, Sweden A 104 years ago… This story is about Shizo Kanakuri
from Japan This was the very first time
Japan participated in the Olympics They only had 2 athletes representing Japan
and one of them was Shizo Kanakuri Oh so a women already
the first time… It’s a guy… Oh It’s a guy ah, sounded like a girl… So he was set to compete
in the Olympic marathon but this was 1912 Nina He had a rough 18 day long trip
to Stockholm from Japan First by ship and then by train all through the Trans-Siberian Railway So he’s dead tired
and on top of that even though it was Sweden, you would think
that the temperature would be quite reasonable This happened to be an
unusually hot day Kanakuri was affected by the
long gruelling trip the unexpected heat, and also he had major problems with the
local Swedish food Oh… He was like oh man, my tummy
this ain’t great So, race day Guess what Nina? He felt like crap Oh, literally? Halfway through the race, he lost
consciousness, and a farmer came across him and he went oh no
this weird looking Asian man I must take care of him
so he brought him to his house, his farm and his family took care of him
and nursed him back to health and, I dunno, I guess he had
a good time because he never made it to the finish line He was having such a good time The next day, he stayed there over night
he came to his senses kind of, and went “oh no, shame to my country” He’s so embarrassed for his Olympic failure he hopped on a train, then boarded
the first available boat back to Japan all without notifying race officials
who were still waiting for him They’re probably searching for him
he went missing They didn’t know what the hell was..like Is he just taking that long? Man, we gotta wait
when’s he coming? He was listed officially as a
missing person in Sweden for 50 years What? So, it wasn’t until the 1960s
that a Swedish journalist tracked him to a small town
in Kyushu, Japan where he was enjoying the quiet life
of a retired schoolteacher So the Swedes were like “he’s alive, and he’s in Japan…” “and…he did not disappear” “He wasn’t murdered…
or eaten by a pack of wolves” Anyway and in 1967, now 75 years old He received an odd invitation He was contacted by the
Swedish National Olympic Committee and was offered the opportunity
to finally complete his run He enthusiastically accepted
he went to Sweden Everything was set up
I think it was a mock setup He runs the final corner
he’s like all happy He makes it to the ribbon
and he finally finishes the race and the time he took to complete the marathon
was read out by the official “54 years and 8 months” To be exact, 54 years, 8 months, 6 days,
5 hours, 32 minutes, and 20.3 seconds A new Olympic record …for the slowest time ever in a marathon Obviously, this is a joke It’s not really an Olympic record
but at least he has closure now Ok, so that was 5 Legendary Olympic Stories
from Asian Athletes Alright, so that’s.. that’s the setup for the Olympics
now we can watch the Olympics Dude, it’s already halfway through Oh… Do you like the stories? I like the stories, it was funny, miraculous All sorts of emotions, like a rollercoaster
of emotions for the different stories Prettiest was the Chinese though… I’m standing right here!

100 Replies to “5 LEGENDARY Olympic Moments From Asian Athletes”

  1. the first story is make me crying so hard. how people can be so amazing like him. finish his race and booooom all runner coming for him. agh that moment is to sweet and painfull for me to watch it. ?

  2. All these stories are so sweet. I cried for Liu Xiang; and I agree that he's really good looking ? but I admire their determination more than anything. Good roles models

  3. Check out "The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory". These were kids of the poor Japanese sugar field workers in the 1930's on Maui. They learned to swim in the irrigation ditches in the fields, but were inspired to to train for Olympic glory in their parents homeland by an a teacher who started out knowing nothing about swimming. People forget that the 1940 Summer Games were supposed to be held in Tokyo, and the book also covers some of the backstory of Japanese Olympic movement during that pweriod (Japan was a swimming powerhouse at the 1932 and 1936 Games!) and how Tokyo managed to get awarded the slot for 1940.

  4. Bonjour,
    la 2éme histoire est la plus incroyable. La volonté de Shun Fujimoto est impressionnante.
    Mais, Liu Xiang a eu une détermination extraordinaire.

    Merci pour cette vidéo intéressante et à Manon Weck pour son fabuleux travail.

  5. thank you guys I was nearly crying when I see the first story about liuxiang as a Chinese, can you please do a story about the friendship between leechongwei and lin dan, which were top two in the world and both Asian badminton players, and they story are really sweet, plz check it out?

  6. That kind of 'Ganman Tsuyoi' behaviour istypically Japanese,and it;s so admirable in this case! Most admirable! Reminds me of the fictitious Spartan boy who let the fox eat his heart out!

  7. Today was a rough day and am so glad i ran into this video. The first story especially gave me hope . Thank you for making this video.

  8. Inspiring, Asian athlete or not.

    I can name a few other unhuman efforts in the Olympics.
    Sometimes the result doesn't matter, it's the spirit of competition that wins people's heart.

  9. Funny that the person who decimated my whole year group in the 100m sprints was a Japanese dude who no one really knew lol
    Im in nz btw

  10. That asshole who made the fall start… Or maybe some supreme being got jealous of Liu xiang's achievements

  11. No Asian athletes list is not complete without mention of the Olympic legend Dhyan Chand of India.

  12. The guy with the broken knee is a Champion! but doing that to your knee is still stupid no matter what the prize is…

  13. Love all of them. But the one of Shun Fujimoto did not make me remember that Simpsons' episode you talked about, it brings me to another one where they actually showed a gymnast landing and screaming in pain (in the latin version the gymnast is introduced as Korean). love all these stories

  14. Yasuhiro Yamashita in the 1984 Olympiad judo final should be added.
    He suffered torn muscles in his right calf, fought the semi final and final with the injured leg, and won the gold.
    Starting at 3:24, Rashwan attacks Yamashita's injured right leg, but Yamashita dodges it.
    At 3:27, Rashwan goes after Yamashita's injured right leg again, attempts left Haraigoshi or Uchimata, but misses. When Mohamed Rashwan lost balance, Yamashita took Rashwan to osaekomi. Once Yamashita secured the osaekomi, Rashwan could not escape.

  15. O god, I really, really admire that injuried Japanese gymnastic, no words can describe his ultimate sacrifice for his team and for his country. They really deserved to win the Olympic gold medal! Congratulations to them, especially him! I’m so proud of him!

  16. You missed how Indian Hockey team defeated Germany in front of Hitler and that Hitler had Dhyan Chand's(Captain) hockey stick checked by official for cheating.

  17. In number three, it feels like no one thinks about…

    Did he even see anything at all during that? I feel as if it would have been impossible.

  18. I love your videos Kento but the girl with you is trying so hard to look interested and is overreacting. Looking at her is too cringy

  19. Shizo Kanakuri after the marathon said "It was a long trip. Along the way, I got married, had six children and 10 grandchildren." He wins in so many ways its unbelievable.

  20. Dude that guy with the broken leg is hardcore. That must have really fkkked his leg up. But I mean at least they won. It would have sucked it after all that they lost

  21. You call an injury a legendary moment??? I mean you can choose a moment when he broke the world record?
    no respect from you I guess?

  22. To the person that was in the montreal Olympics who sucked the painbyoy are a legend hope you go to heaven and prosper for all eternity

  23. Looooool yellow men can run and jump… white guys though? No jump, no speed. white guy jumps 2 inches white guy runs 1 mph Asian guy runs 10 mph Asian guy jumps 4 feet eh realistic enough.

  24. Amazing stories man! True I'd love to hear more in the future. But seriously, I think it would've been way more interesting and intriguing if you're girlfriend wasn't there to make those exaggerated expressions. I mean, not to say she'd be better off your videos, but could you just do some individual parts (Either you or her), maybe give her half the story or something? Your other videos, especially the bank robberies, are one of the best I've ever seen on YouTube. But the ones with your girlfriend get really boring. Thanks man, take no offense.

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