Olympic milestones-(donald andrews)

This gallery includes masterpiece bronze sculptures created by Rosa Serra, that represents sporting events of the Olympics. While each sculpture is shaped in the image of different sports, there are great moments that will spark the memories of Olympic fans when they view the artwork that symbolizes the sport they witnessed at the time of the games.

This sculpture created in 1985 shows the figure of a baseball player at bat; concentrating on an incoming pitch,and gearing up to make a solid connection. The U.S.A. team defeated Cuba in 2000, giving them their first ever defeat of the gold, and only the second time Cuba would lose a game in the Olympics.
Sculpted in 1986, this graceful work shows the grace of a well trained gymnast. Two major standouts that come to mind are Mary Lou Retton who dominated in the 1984 Olympics, and Kerri Strug in 1992, who won the gold despite an injury.
This sculpture made in 1985 symbolizes the heart and soul of the Olympics. This track and field work of art shows a sprinter in full thrust as he/she grinds hard around the track to finish in first place. Jessie Owens stunned the world (and Adolph Hitler) in Germany 1936, winning four gold medals. Other multiple gold heroes include Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph, and Florence Griffith Joyner.
This Olympic volleyball sculpture shows the athlete reaching to the highest for the ball. Whether the ball was returned for a score is in the mind of the viewer. The U.S. volleyball won three gold medals at the 2008 games in Beijing.
This sculpture is self-explanatory. It's design even speaks toughness. The number of world famous boxers that emerged from this Olympic sport are few. The most popular of all is a tall lanky kid from Louisville, Kentucky named Cassius Clay, now known the world over as Muhammad Ali. In 1960, the 19 year old pugilist upstaged his opponents with amazing speed in Rome, Italy, and brought the gold back to the states.
Created in 1986, Serra's sculpture shows a competitive swimmer bearing down in the water in hopes of finishing first among his peers. Michael Phelps collected an unbelievable eight gold medals in Beijing 2008. Swimming is one of the sports that has the most events in the Olympics.
This artwork showcases the poise and grace of figure skating at its best. Kristin Yamaguchi won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic hall of fame in 2005. World Champion Debbie Thomas finished with the bronze medal in 1988, the same year Brian Boitano captured the gold.
This handsome Olympic suite created in 1992, captures a determined hockey player defending his territory on the ice. The most memorable moment of this sporting event was in 1980, when the U.S. Olympic Hockey team defeated the powerful Soviet Union team, and won the gold in Lake Placid, New York.
The bobsleigh sculpture is a symbol of teamwork. This is one of the most group-effort sports in athletics. The most popular team is the Jamaican bobsleigh team that became favorite underdogs in 1988. They would strike gold in 2000. The 1988 team became the inspiration for the movie "Cool Runnings" in 1993.
The basketball design shows a shooter elevating for a jump shot, while the defender attempts to spoil the play. The 1992 Dream Team featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson will always be recognized as the most dominant team in Olympic history. Other countries never stood a chance against such awe striking performances.
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