10 Times Olympic Athletes Stole the Gold and Shocked the World

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7. Chad Le Clos

When Michael Phelps gets in the pool, fans expect him to come out a winner. Is it any surprise then, that when South Africa’s Chad le Clos bested Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly during the 2012 London Games, many viewers were shocked?

It’s hard not to root for Clos though, who told reporters after the race, “I just wanted to race Phelps in the final and I’ve beaten him. I can’t believe it. Phelps is my hero and I love the guy. To beat him, I can’t believe it. You don’t understand what this means to me. This is the greatest moment of my life.”

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