"This is the big night. She could win a bronze medal."
In spite of that half-hearted introduction, Elizabeth Manley skated her way to Olympic silver, beating out other skaters who had gotten more media attention. I remember that night so well: I probably should have been writing a term paper or something, but I wandered out to the living room to watch the skating instead. It was one of the two most unexpected, electric, unforgettable few minutes of television I've ever watched (the other one was the Challenger explosion, but this one was much happier).
Watch the whole video if you want to relive February 27, 1988.