If you were a child/teen living in the US during the ’70s chances are that at some point in time you came across or watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports. The link takes you to a page that offers a video the opening to that show.
Jim McKay offered the following narrative against a montage of athletes performing in their various sports:
“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sportâ€¦
the thrill of victoryâ€¦
and the agony of defeatâ€¦
the human drama of athletic competitionâ€¦
this is ABC’s Wide World of Sports!”
The key part of that was always the line about the agony of defeat. Why? Because of Vinko Bogataj. He was the skier who had that awful crash. More than 30 years later he has become one of those people that stands out from our childhood.
Apparently the man has done ok for himself, which is a good thing considering how his misfortune made him the butt of so many jokes.