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Top 12 inspiring Olympic moments

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Though it saddened Canadian fans who were hoping moguls skier Jenn Heil could repeat her 2006 Olympic victory, Hannah Kearney’s flawless final run was truly impressive. But almost more exciting was her unfettered burst of joy upon capturing gold – redemption for all the stairs climbed en route to jumping off Lake Placid’s specially made plastic runs that would shoot her into a gurgling, unheated pool.

PHOTO: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

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