Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team — that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. Thomas, then a 19-year-old, would have been on that team.
The official result alongside Derek Redmond’s name in the 1992 Olympic record book for the 400-meter semifinal reads “DNF”— Did Not Finish. Nearly three decades later, the video of Redmond struggling up the track and crossing the finish line in his father’s embrace has more than 110 million views and will still make the hairs on your arm stand up straight. “Selfishly, I wanted to finish for my own reasons, and that is the dead honest truth,” Redmond recalled in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1992 Barcelona Games, where the ''Dream Team'' - a squad of NBA pros allowed in for the first time - predictably turned the competition into a coronation. Just for good measure, they rewrote the Olympic motto, too.