Mary Decker, 1984 Los Angeles Games
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Faces of the Sochi Olympics

Decker vs. Zola Budd was one of the most anticipated showdowns of those Games. Decker fell. Fergie was wrong: Big girls do cry. (Tony Duffy / Getty Images)
Her boot lace broke. That’s it. You’d have thought she’d been hit in the knee with a police baton or something. (Richard Derk / Los Angeles Times)
Sarah Hughes, Team USA, went from fourth to first to that reaction, the gold standard for the good side of crazy Olympic moments. (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)
You would tear up too if you had just lost the gold medal, and your sport’s place in the Olympics so the modern pentathlon could stay. The modern pentathlon, y’all. Ouch. (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images)
Commenting on your bronze-heavy career, Apolo? Agreed. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)
The pure joy of the royal family was never more on display than at the opening ceremony. In fairness, you try skydiving into a stadium on international TV with that necklace. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Who was more shocked, the delirious crowd watching the race? Or Farah, whose win completed the watching-paint-dry double of 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters? (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Some people might quibble with their mother’s talking about their sex life. Not Ryan Lochte. “Hey, baby, that was for you.” (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images)
Land her final vault, win gold. That simple. She didn’t. She took silver. And she most certainly did not approve. And that’s how her meme was born.  (Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images)
While the 22-year-old American was taking part in a new Olympic event -- team figure skating -- she thought things were amiss with the standard scoring practices. “I would much rather say it how it is and how I feel than dance around the facts.”  (Darren Cummings / Getty Images)