Some teams won their first championships. Others played their first game after heartbreaking tragedy. And athletes made sure they had a voice on and off the field.
Everyone flipped out when Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine.
She scored a 9.95 for her routine — which, again, went viral.
Patriots dynasty lives on
That makes six Super Bowls that Pats quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have won together, extending their record for the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination.
The Patriots are also tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most titles in NFL history.
Virginia Cavaliers redeem themselves
The Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime.
“We were destined to win,” said Virginia redshirt sophomore De’Andre Hunter, who led in scoring with 27 points. “We had to.”
In 2018, Virginia lost by 20 points to No. 16 seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). With the devastating loss, the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed in men’s college basketball history to lose to a No. 16 seed in the tournament.
Tiger Woods makes comeback of the year
The journey that has included career-threatening back problems, career-saving spinal fusion surgery and a tumultuous series of personal problems all culminated in what many are saying is one of the greatest comeback stories in sporting history.
The Masters champion is now tied with legendary golfer Sam Snead, who won 82 titles throughout his more than 50-year career.
St. Louis Blues win first Stanley Cup title
The Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 in June.
The win also came months after the Blues had the worst record in the NHL.
The Blues’ championship ends the longest wait in NHL history — 51 seasons — for a team to win its first championship.
Canada wins its first NBA championship
They defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 for a 4-2 series victory. The Raptors deflated what would’ve been a three-peat for the Warriors, who were coming off back-to-back titles.
Kawhi Leonard, the All-Star forward Toronto acquired last summer from San Antonio, was named Finals MVP for the second time.
USWNT wins World Cup and demands equal pay
Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored the goals that led to the victory.
This makes the fourth World Cup the USWNT has won.
High school team’s first game since devastating fire
The football-loving town of 27,000 came together in an atmosphere that was like a family reunion. The usual attendance for a game was 2,000, but that day it swelled to at least 5,000.
The team’s homecoming ended in a 42-0 victory.
Kaepernick ad wins Emmy
Colin Kaepernick can now say he’s been in a Super Bowl and an Emmy-winning ad.
The ad was released days before the start of the NFL season in September 2018. Kaepernick was one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary commemoration of its iconic “Just Do It” campaign.
The ad also helped Nike’s stock hit an all-time high.
3 female athletes break records in one weekend
Simone Biles won her 25th world championship medal, making her the most decorated gymnast of all time, male or female.
Tennis star Coco Gauff, 15, won her first title in the WTA tournament, becoming the youngest winner since 2004.
And Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei broke a women’s world marathon record in her second-straight win at the Chicago Marathon.
Washington Nationals win first World Series
It was the first time in World Series history that the road team has won every game.
While the title is the first for the Nationals’ franchise, it is the second for a Washington team.
In 1924, the Washington Senators, now the Minnesota Twins, defeated the New York Giants, four games to three.