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The 40th Anniversary Celebration
of the Constant Variety of Sport



Evel Knieval
Evel Knievel was the original Wide World risk taker and paved the way for today's daredevil.
For over 40 years, ABC has been "spanning the globe" to bring the "constant variety of sport" and the ride has been miraculous. Wide World has witnessed Wilma Rudolph overcome athletic barriers and the influence of politics on the majesty of sports.

From the original Wide World daredevil Evel Knievel to Tony Hawk. From the greatest soccer player ever in Pele to the magic of the 1999 Women's World Cup. From the offbeat sports of aerobatics and ice barrel jumping to the birth of today's X-games, Wide World has witnessed it all.

  • Knievel: Today's daredevil | Wembley
  • Women of Wide World: Celebrating the cause


    Gentlemen start your engines
    Richard Petty
    When Wide World of Sports first went on the air, a tag line was born that henceforth has characterized the essence of sports -- "The Thrill of Victory" or "The Agony of Defeat." But, as ABC's Jack Arute writes, the preamble to those immortal words, "Spanning the globe to bring you the variety of sports" was far more telling when you look at the world of motorsports.

  • Q & A: Richard Petty | Jackie Stewart | A.J. Foyt
  • Bios: Mario Andretti
  • History of the Indianapolis 500


    Gooooooooaaaaa1
    Mia Hamm
    Soccer on Wide World has an incredible legacy that dates back to the legendary Pele performing his magic on the field for the New York Cosmos. One of the game's most defining moments came when the nation rallied around Mia Hamm and the 1999 U.S. Womens National Team as they completed their dream of winning the World Cup on American soil. No one will ever forget the all-around warrior efforts of Michelle Akers, Kristine Lilly's game-saving header on the goal line and, of course, Brandi Chastian's jersey-shredding moment for the ages.

  • Q & A: Brandi Chastain | Mia Hamm | Julie Foudy
  • Q & A: Tiffeny Milbrett | Carla Overbeck | Kristine Lilly
  • Kristine Lilly: Blooming amid Beatlemania-like frenzy


    Just one more hill to climb
    Lance Armstrong
    The Tour de France is considered to be one of the most grueling bicycle races ever. For three weeks, bikers climb the toughest mountains in France and sprint across the flatest planes. Two-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong, understands how difficult it is to win, but his story includes a battle back from testicular cancer.

  • Greg LeMond epitomized determination
  • Past Tour de France champions
  • Armstrong and Tiger Woods share something special


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     The Wide World of Sports classic introduction from 1978.
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     Vinko Bogataj tumbles down the jump, thus becoming forever linked with "the agony of defeat."
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     Greg LeMond becomes the first American to win the Tour de France.
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     ESPN Classic Sports Reporters on Greg Louganis.
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     Evel Knievel's attempt to jump 140 feet over 13 double-deck buses at Wembley Stadium fails.
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     Jim Beatty becomes the first man in history to run a sub-four minute mile indoors.
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     The U.S. hockey team defeats rival USSR 4-3 and Finland 4-2 to capture Olympic gold.
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     Lance Armstrong, after battling back from testicular cancer, wins the 1999 Tour de France.
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     Julie Moss battles intense fatigue and injury, and struggles to finish the 1981 Ironwoman Triathlon.
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