One Of Australia's Most Incredible Olympic Moments Is Coming To The Big Screen

There have been plenty of moments in Olympic history that have caused Aussies to jump in the air with pride and excitement.

You've got diver Matthew Mitcham winning gold in the 10m platform at Beijing in 2008, Sally Pearson hurdling her way to silver in London in 2012, who could forget Cathy Freeman taking the gold in the 400m in Sydney in 2000 or the Kookaburras taking the top spot at the 2004 Athens games for hockey.

But there's one story that is so outrageous that it even inspired a phrase 'doing a Bradbury'.

Stephen Bradbury's gold in the speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake was incredible for a bunch of reasons. It was such an unbelievable win that it's being turned into a movie.

Aussie TV presenter Basil Zempilas, who was the commentator during Bradbury's win, says he's been approached to play himself.

The West Australian reports the project has received funding from Screen Australia and could be called Last Man Standing.

Basil told radio station 6PR: "I can confirm that Steven Bradbury himself actually rang me towards the end of last year to say that a movie was going to be made and he asked me, he said 'would you be interested in playing yourself because I'm working with the producers of the movie'."

Sam Worthington and Liam Hemsworth are being tipped as the men who could play Bradbury.

The fact Bradbury was even in the final in the Olympics was a surprise. He competed well in his heat but in the quarters he was up against the favourite from Canada, Apolo Anton Ohno, and came in third, with only the top two progressing.

Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty

However, when Ohno was disqualified for obstructing another skater, Bradbury got the call up to the semis.

The national coach told him to hang back, because they both knew he couldn't keep up with the pace, and hope there was a crash. Sure enough, that exact scenario happened and Bradbury was able to cruise into the final.

Surely something like that couldn't happen twice in the same event? But as we all know, as the competitors came around the final lap, they all crashed and allowed Bradbury to become the first person in the southern hemisphere to win at a Winter Olympic event.

No doubt a movie immortalising this moment will come with its fair share of laughs and tears. Can't wait for this.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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