While we experience this time of social distancing and confinement, when all the world seems like it's frozen and our lives are left on hold, there's time to think about everything we lived, the good and the bad things. So we got thinking about what we're proud of as a country and all we've conquered in sports. Portugal is a country of great conquests!
Let's recall some of them and remember some of our national symbols:
- Rosa Mota is THE great representative of Portuguese women in athletics. It's not by chance that she has been distinguished as the best all-time marathonist by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). In fact, the distinction was earned due to her long and award-filled career. She first won the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympic Games marathon in Los Angeles and went on to win the gold four years later at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The Portuguese athlete inscribed her name in sports history by winning 14 of the 21 marathons she ran and took the podium 18 times. Her career is beyond parallel, and that is why she's an athletics world legend.
- Carlos lopes distinguished himself in road, track and cross country competitions, but he shined the most in the marathon. In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics he won the gold medal, earning Portugal's first-ever Olympic gold! His achievement was highly valued and described as a surprising victory, given that Lopes was 37 years old at the time and that he was run over by a car a week before the event.
- Joaquim Agostinho is the most famous Portugues cyclist. He earned the nickname "Quim Cambalhota" ["Backflip Quim"] for his frequent falls. Nevertheless, he stood out in service of Sporting Clube de Portugal, the team for which he won numerous editions of "Volta a Portugal", shined in the Vuelta, the Tour de France and numerous world track championships. At 41, he fell off his bike in Algarve, Portugal, when a dog ran across the road right in front of him. The fall left him in a critical state. With the help of two other athletes, he still managed to cut that last finish line in his career.
- António Livramento was one of the best hockey players of all time. In his career, as a player and a coach, Livramento won countless awards and titles, namely three World Cups, seven European Championships and European Champions Cup for his club and country. His name will always be remembered in hockey history as he was an example both as a player and a coach.
- Ticha Penicheiro is one of the greatest women basketball players in Portuguese history. She had a magnificent career in Portugal as in the United States, where she played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for 15 years. Penicheiro was named as one of the 15 best all-time players in the WNBA, another testament to the quality of Portuguese athletes all around the world and in every sport!
These are some of the athletes that, to this today, inspire us at Move Sports to organize great sports events that inspire young athletes'! Soon we'll all be back in the fields, giving our best doing what we love! Until then, prepare yourself and your team the best way you can by keeping fit and active at home. Stay safe!