The Greatest Moments in Sports (According to Outside Magazine)

Lance Armstrong 2003 Tour de France by Graham Watson

If you had to think back on the greatest moments in the history or sports, what would come to mind? Perhaps Jesse Owens running at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin? Maybe the “Miracle on Ice?” or the “Rumble in the Jungle?” Well, the editors over at Outside magazine have put together their own list of greatest moments in sports history, and chances are it doesn’t resemble your list in any way, shape or form.

As you can probably imagine with a list like this one coming from Outside the focus of the sports selected are a bit different than most. For example, Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Capitan makes the cut, and while that is an amazing achievement that still leaves us astounded, it probably wouldn’t crack the top 25 on a more mainstream list of major sporting milestones.

But this isn’t a mainstream list, and the inspiring moments that make up Outside’s top choices are from sports that don’t necessarily appeal to wide audience. At least here in the U.S. Because the Tour de France is well represented, with no fewer than four “moments” in the top nine that are listed here, with Lance Armstrong taking part in three of them.

To come up with this list, the team at Outside simply took an internal poll of staffers to see which moments most stood out with the men and women who work there. As the text that accompanies the article states the moments that stood out were those that “made a big impact on us personally, forever altered an athlete or sport, or are just indisputably badass.”

What do you think of their picks? Check out the entire list here.

Kraig Becker