With 2016 gradually inching closer to its final days, it’s a natural time to look back at all we experienced in the past year. In 2016 we saw recording breaking feats and inspiring acts celebrated in sports, space, and the world. Here is a list of 7 of the best moments in 2016 in no order of significance.
1. RUNNERS DISPLAY SPORTSMANSHIP AT RIO
Professional sports can be cutthroat especially if you’re participating in the Olympics Games. You’re representing your country, so there are no higher stakes. During the women’s 5,000-meter race, U.S. runner Abby D’Agostino and New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin collided on the track.
Rather than pressing on and attempting to get back into the race, an injured D’Agostino offered Hamblin a hand up. Later in the race, D’Agostino stumbled again and this time Hamblin was there to return the favor. The two were awarded the International Fair Play Committee Awards.
2. WHERE’S WALDO?
During the summer, while construction workers were building a new section on the Memorial Children’s Hospital of South Bend, Ind., one construction worker, Jason Haney, decided to find a way for the kids located in the wing across the construction to take their mind of any negativity in their lives.
So they created a “Where’s Waldo” game, where they would take an 8-foot-tall wood cut out and hide it in various locations every day for the children to find.
3. THE 108-YEAR CURSE IS NO MORE
All sports fanatics surely expected this one to make the list. It’s, of course, the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series after a 108-year drought. They won in spectacular fashion, and after 10 gut-wrenching innings, they finally heard the words they had longed to hear. The Chicago Cubs are World Champions.
4. AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SUCCESS
Summer seems to be a perfect time for amazing feats, or awe-inspiring moments, like this one. NASA successfully managed a nearly impossible mission that required pinpoint accuracy to get the Juno probe in the small window so it could orbit Jupiter. It was only the second time they managed the feat.
5. A DARING LEAP OF FAITH
Professional skydiver, Luke Aikins, made a jump of astronomical proportions. Aikins, who works for the United States Parachute Association (USPA), made a jump from 25,000 feet into a 100 by 100-foot net. Pretty impressive right? Add to that, he did it without a parachute, becoming the first person to do so.
6. OLYMPIC LEGENDS
Taking another look at this summer’s Rio Olympics, who could forget the legend that retired after his last race, Michael Phelps? He is the most decorated Olympian with an incredible 28 total medals, including 23 gold medals.
The new up and comer and teammate of Phelps, Katie Ledecky, took the women’s swimming world by storm. If it’s an indication of how well she did, she broke a record that was previously set by herself.
7. FUEL? WHO NEEDS IT
“A plane just went around the entire world without a drop of fuel!” This is the headline that was read around the world. The Solar Impulse 2 traveled the entire earth running strictly on the sun’s rays. It was a part of a 17-leg, 24854.848-mile journey that started in March of 2015.
2016 has been a year of trials and tribulations, but it has also been an amazing year of successes for the world as well. No one would have ever imagined we’d be able to fly a plane without gas 50 years ago. Who saw the Cubs winning the World Series? If you bet your money on it happening, you’re probably very rich now. Hopefully, 2017 will bring the same, if not more, incredible moments.