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17 reasons why we'll never forget Katie Taylor's Olympic gold-winning performance

It’s one year since the Irish boxer’s Olympic triumph.

1. It inspired some brilliant tweets

2. It was preceded by this fantastic Lucozade ad


YouTube credit: KatieTaylorFan

3. It clearly meant the absolute world to her

(INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

4. Practically the whole of Bray turned out to watch her moment of glory on the big screen

(INPHO/Donall Farmer)


YouTube credit: Eamon Harbison

5. Young and old were enthralled throughout the fight

(INPHO/Donall Farmer)

6. Watching the fight itself was unbearably nerve-racking

7. The Thai Tims performed an amazing tribute to her


YouTube credit: Thai Tims

8. It couldn’t have happened to a more humble person


YouTube credit: KatieTaylorFan

9. Her win was very much a family affair

(INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

10. She became a wonderful and inspiring role model for youngsters

(INPHO/Donall Farmer)

11. Despite the thousands turning out in Bray, you could barely hear a pin drop when her post-fight interview was shown


YouTube credit: rte

12. Even the international press were moved by her victory

“History told us of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, then of Fanny Blankers-Koen. Legends grew around Dawn Fraser and Olga Connolly; also Joan Benoit and now Kim Rhode.

“They are Olympic women. Hear them roar.

“Someday, given what took place at a boxing arena in the far reaches of the London Olympics on Monday afternoon, the name Katie Taylor may be on the list.”

13. Athletes from all sports, including the Tipp hurlers, were deeply immersed in the fight

(INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

14. It led to an emotional homecoming in Bray

(INPHO/Donall Farmer)

15. It resulted in some fitting ideas to commemorate her achievement

(An Punt Nua/Twitter)

Pic via Facebook

16. She was finally awarded the Sports Personality of the Year award, owing to her triumph

(INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)

17. It was Ireland’s first undisputed gold medal since 1992 and 6th in total.

(INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

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