7. 1998: Hermann Maier wins 2 gold medals after catastrophic crash
In the Nagano Olympics, Austrian downhill skier Hermann Maier proved to be the real-life version of Bruce Willis from Unbreakable, surviving a truly epic crash during an early-Olympic run, in which he lost control, went flying for several seconds, landed on his head and careened through two makeshift fences before coming to a stop. So, not only did he come away from that unscathed, he got back on the lift and won gold medals in the Super G and Giant Slalom events – a crazily successful result considering how badly things could have ended.
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