In the past 10 years, fans have been spoiled by the sheer number of high-stakes games decided in the waning moments. These include championships in America’s professional sports leagues, NCAA basketball and football tournament title games, and the final of soccer’s World Cup.
In recognition of the thrills these remarkable athletes and teams have provided us, 24/7 Tempo has compiled the most iconic sports moments of the decade. We created our list using the Sports Reference family of sites as well as media websites such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
Over the last decade, we were dazzled by the otherworldly athleticism of NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and gymnast Simone Biles, both of whom stamped their greatness in their early 20s. Here are the youngest athletes to dominate their sport.
We saw the Cubs end baseball’s longest championship drought. Two of Washington’s teams dispatched perennial postseason disappointment to win titles. LeBron James almost single-handedly delivered to Cleveland that city’s first championship in almost 52 years. This is the first year each franchise won its first title.
We saw the end of the competitive swimming career of Michael Phelps, who departed the Olympic stage with 23 gold medals in tow, more than any individual athlete. And we witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports after Tiger Woods surmounted physical and personal setbacks to win The Masters, assuring his place in the pantheon of golf’s all-time best players. These are the greatest golfers of all time.