Today in Sports History: September 25

In 2000, American basketball player Vince Carter jumped over 7’2 Frederic Weis of France to complete one of the most iconic dunks in Olympic history. Known as “le dunk de la mort” (the dunk of death) in France, Carter’s electrifying dunk is well remembered. The 4-0 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team was facing France in its final preliminary round game of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With 16:08 left in the contest, Carter made a steal off a France outlet pass on the U.S. offensive end. Driving to the basket, France’s 7’2 center Fredric Weis stood between Carter and the rim. Carter, who had won the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest earlier that year, soared over Weis to slam home the ball and give the U.S. a 71-54 lead. In the final gold medal game the U.S. matched up with France again. The U.S. won the contest (85-75), and Team USA won gold for the twelfth time in Olympic history. In the tournament, Carter led Team USA in scoring averaging 14.8 points.

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