5 moments when sneakers had a big impact on the Olympic Games

FILE - In this July 28, 2012 file photo, British children pose for photos under a sculpture of the Olympics rings, in Coventry, England. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

With the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio we get to enjoy the biggest sport-related spectacle on earth. The Olympic Games are also something that us sneakerheads need to keep an eye on because this is the place where a lot of athletes premiered some of the most enigmatic shoes that ever existed. Among them, 5 sneakers managed to make history by helping the athletes wearing them to win medals and achieve greatness.
Here’s a top 5 memorable moments when sneakers had a major impact over the Olympic Games coming from our friends at YardBarker.

5. Air Jordan Olympic VII


Michael Jordan couldn’t miss out from the top with his Air Jordan Olympic VII blending in perfectly with Team U.S.A.’s basketball uniform. Nevertheless, the shoe’s design is spotless and it’s also a top addition to any collector’s arsenal.
This is not the first model debuted by Michael Jordan during the Dream Team games but it’s part of a memorable moment, without a doubt.
4. Nike Air Swoopers


In 1996 Sheryl Swoopes became the first female athlete to reach a deal for a signature shoe. Sheryl deserved the attention that she was getting because she managed to lead the U.S.A. team to gold in Atlanta while becoming a basketball legend.
The Nike Air Swoopers still feature an impressive design, loved by both female and male sneakerheads.
3. Puma Complete Theseus II


It’s impossible for the fastest man in the world to miss out from this list. The Puma Complete Theseus II succeeded in capturing Usain’s personality while displaying the latest technology that allowed the Jamaican athlete to make history.
Usain Bolt’s ultra-light gold Puma cleats helped him win 3 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
2. Nike BB-4

What basketball fan doesn’t know about Vince Carter’s dunk over a 7’.2” French player at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney? Considered to be the greatest in-game dunk of all time, Carter received some help from the BB-4 technology developed by Nike when hitting his jump.
Soon after the game the Nike BB-4 model gained popularity and had everyone thinking they can jump higher by wearing them.
1. Golden Nike Olympic Cleats


During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Michael Johnson became the first male athlete that won the 200 and the 400 meters race while wearing his Golden Nike Olympic Cleats. The model featured an all gold aspect with top technology at the time and to this day the shoe remains memorable in the Olympic history along with Johnson’s performances, of course.

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