Top 10 Worst Olympic Scandals

Top 10 Worst Olympic Scandals


The Winter Olympics start up on February 9th,
and the hype couldn’t be higher. As tension simmer around the world, one actually
relieving deescalation has been the negotiations between North and South Korea in advance of
the games in Pyeongchang. But that doesn’t mean that some other twists
and turns aren’t in store, so hit that subscribe button and let’s look back at the top Olympic
Scandals in the history of the games! Ross Rebagliati’s “Performance Enhancing Drugs” Back in 1998, snowboarder Ross Rebagliati
became the first ever to win an Olympic Gold medal for Men’s Snowboarding. However, that medal was stripped from him
after his drug test returned and showed that he had Marijuana in his system, with a small
amount of weed was also found in his travel bag. However, in a completely out of character
move for the IOC, the move was overturned and he got his Gold Medal back. Because the active agent in Marijuana—THC—wasn’t
on the list of banned substances for the Olympics it did make sense for the IOC to overturn
their decision but it has been argued both then and since that the calming effects of
THC can really help chill nerves before big events like, you know, the Olympics. That could’ve given the Canadian snowboarder
an unfair advantage, but regardless of where you stand on the matter it was a great career
move for Rebagliati, who became an instant celebrity and marijuana businessman. Russian Figure Skating Judge Does the Impossible Back during the Scandal plagued 2002 Olympics
in Salt Lake City (see number eight on this list), people who follow figure-skating were
enraged when the reigning world champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier ended up “winning”
a Silver Medal despite the fact that they had skated a perfect routine. Beyond that, considering that the Russian’s
were the team that “beat” them and ended up with the Gold, people (rightfully) smelled
a cheat. The day after the event, when the outrage
only seemed to be growing, French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne said that she had voted for the
Russians the way she did because she felt pressure from the French Skating Federation
(which makes little sense). In a move that we may never see again, Sale
and Pelletier were awarded the Gold in addition to the Russian figure skaters, Yelena Berezhnaya
and Anton Sikharulidze. You’d have to think that there was more to
it than this, as well, especially considering it was the Russians that benefited, perhaps
Robert Mueller can look into it! Angel Matos Kicks a Ref If you’re a fan of any sport, there has undoubtedly
been a time in your life where you’ve wanted to do harm to a referee or two. Imagine that feeling times a million or so
as an athlete who has trained his or her whole life only to feel like you’ve been treated
poorly by the person there who is supposed to remain as objective, neutral as possible,
the referee or umpire. That tension apparently boiled over for one
athlete, Cuban taekwondo athlete Angel Matos, who was disqualified after he fell and took
too much time over the alotted one minute designated for medical attention. After being disqualified he walked over to
the referee and kicked him in the face, a move that could’ve easily killed him. For this Matos was banned from the World Taekwondo
Federation for life which means that he can’t coach or participate in anything that is officially
sanctioned for the rest of his life which seems like an awful penalty for a split second
decision but again, considering that he could’ve killed that ref it may have been too lenient. The Badminton Scandal The 2012 Olympics were held in China and one
of the most popular sports (at least one where the Chinese especially dominate) is Badminton. While it seems like the backyard game for
children, the matches in the Olympics can be incredibly drama-filled and amazing, as
the players seem to play at an increased speed that seems almost too fast for human beings. The stakes are clearly incredibly high and
because of that no stone is left unturned by the players or coaches for each country. Back in 2012, multiple teams realized that
because of the way seeding worked in the build up towards the medal games, you could essentially
benefit from losing a game here or there. By doing so, the teams thought that they’d
end up playing a weaker opponent in the next round and so multiple teams ended up losing
on purpose. Those teams, from China, Indonesia and two
from South Korea were disqualified from the games for throwing their matches and while
there is probably a rule against throwing a game, it doesn’t seem like they were really
doing anything illegal by losing. Sure, it’s bad sportsmanship and that’s something
that the Olympics wants nothing to do with, but when it comes to the Olympics, athletes
will find any and all advantage possible and it seems like in this case they were too smart
for their own good. Jim Thorpe’s Pro Career After the 1912 Olympic Games Jim Thorpe was
dubbed the “Greatest Athlete in the World” by the King of Sweden, King Gustav V. While
that’s not really a title you can take away (outside of some sort of doping scandal),
you can take away one’s medals under a number of circumstances. One of those circumstances is based on the
idea that the Olympics are supposed to be games for amateur athletes, even if professional
athletes are more and more becoming a part of the games (both Summer and Winter). That was the case back in 1912, where Thorpe
won two gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon. It was discovered after the fact, though,
mostly thanks to Thorpe’s newfound celebrity that he had actually been a professional baseball
player for teams in Fayettesville and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. While he did die without that order being
rescinded he was posthumously re-awarded his medals in 1982 after the (then) president
of the United States Olympic Committee ended up pleading his case to the International
Olympic Committee. He leaned on a letter that Thorpe had written
to Olympic officials back in 1913 that admitted wrong doing and regret and because of that
(and the increase in professional athletes in the games), Thorpe is now and forever considered
an Olympic champion. Good for him. The Salt Lake Bribe It’s been debated more and more in recent
years whether or not actually hosting the Olympics is a boon or bust for the city that
lands the Olympics. While it may seem invaluable to host tens
of thousands of people over the course of a month from all over the world in your city,
the cost of hosting those people especially with the cost of keeping those people safe
from Terrorism only seems to increase with every passing year. Beyond that, very few cities can actually
handle the amount of sports going on at once and thus end up building countless structures
to handle all the games, and after the games are over those structures can end up abandoned
and blighted. Despite that, though, the process of landing
the Olympics is still something that is extremely competitive and that can lend itself to issues
like bribery, something that happened when two head organizers of the 2002 Games in Salt
Lake City, Utah, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery. The men were accused of paying $1 million
dollars to influence the votes of delegates on the International Olympic Committee, as
well as an United States Olympic Committee official in the hopes that they would be able
to land the Games for Salt Lake City. Apparently it worked and by the time this
was all found out it was too late to relocate the games, so instead they appointed the most
famous Utahan in former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to lead the Olympic Committee
in Salt Lake City and to bring “credibility” to the games there. If you add the bribery costs to the cost of
hosting the games as a whole perhaps it’s just not worth it after all, especially if
you consider the time spent in Federal prison! Marion Jones Steroid Scandal Outside of the Russian Doping Ban, the most
recent scandal on this list is the lifetime ban of United States sprinter Marion Jones
thanks to her doping issues. Jones actually owned up to her doping, though,
which makes her case different from a lot on this list as a lot of people don’t own
up to their mistakes (see Ben Johnson, for example) and instead ride out their excuses
until the end of time. Jones was America’s sweetheart for awhile,
and is perhaps hoping that she can get back in the good graces of the sport at least to
make a living at it (as a coach or trainer), which could happen as she did win five medals
during the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. Because her case involved a federal investigation,
though, Jones ended up with criminal charges and actual prison time (she received six months
in prison followed by two years probation for lying to federal prosecutors who were
investigating her use of steroids) and beyond that she was, again, banned for life from
Olympic competition. That was one of the more amazing falls from
grace the Olympics have ever seen but beyond her fault was the fault of her husband as
well, who was also linked to the scandal as a shot-putter. The BALCO scandal, as it was known, also tarnished
the careers of baseball greats Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi and was probably the biggest
scandal in sport ever. Ben Johnson’s Doping Scandal In 1988 the Olympics were in South Korea also,
but this time it was for the Summer Olympics and in the capital of Seoul. It was there that American Carl Lewis was
heavily favored to win the 100-meter dash. However, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson shocked
not only Lewis but the world while running the 100-meter dash in 9.79 seconds, which
was a world record that easily beat Lewis’ time. Because of the amount of time it took to receive
the results of a drug screen back then, it wasn’t known until days later that Johnson
actually tested positive for a type of steroid called stanozolol. Because of that, Johnson’s gold ended up going
to Lewis, who was robbed of his moment on the podium by Johnson who somehow found a
way to make it all about him, again, by saying that to this day he can’t watch the Olympics
because of “what happened to him”, not because of what he did, but what happened TO him. Sigh. The Russian Doping Scandal It’s hard to really pinpoint when the Russian
doping scandal began as it’s been an open secret that the Russians have attempted to
circumvent the rules for the games really since the USSR was in power and things like
a country winning more Gold Medals (or reaching the moon quicker) were super important to
the world’s two leading Super Powers. Doping in Russia has essentially a year-by-year
breakdown on Wikipedia, as well, which goes to show you that doping in Russia is a state-backed
enterprise that goes well beyond the individual coaches or athletes in any particular games. The Olympic committee investigated the most
recent Winter Olympics (which took place in Sochi, Russia) as well as the 2016 games in
Rio and found that because the doping was so widespread and complex that it had to be
sponsored by the government of Russia itself. Because of that, Russia will not be allowed
to compete in this month’s games, which is a gigantic punishment that could seem unfair
to the athletes that have trained their whole lives to participate in a month’s worth of
games. However, if an athlete has no connection to
the previous doping scandals and can pass drug screens they are actually allowed to
participate under the Olympic flag as opposed to the Russian flag. They’d be an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)
and the fact that the Olympic Committee has gone this far shows just how serious they
are about cracking down on doping and just how corrupt Russia is. Nancy Kerrigan vs. Tonya Harding As the recent award winning film “I, Tonya”
showed, there was no bigger scandal or story in 1994 (the year of the Games in Lillehammer,
Norway) than that of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. The two were the top two female figure skaters
in the United States and were frenemies at best (depending on who you ask and when you
asked them). What’s in question is not even what Harding
knew, but rather when she knew it, as on January 6th, 1994 Kerrigan was attacked after leaving
the ice for a practice session before the 1994 Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. She was hit in the knee by a “Club-like instrument”
by a man named Shane Standt, who was in cahoots with Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and
her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt. They claimed that they had hired Standt to
break Kerrigan’s right leg so Harding would have a clear path to the Olympic games while
Harding claimed that she knew nothing of the attack before it happened, but that she did
find out about it afterwards and that she helped cover it up. The investigation wasn’t conclusive enough
to ban Harding from skating in the Olympics, however, where she famously wept to the judges
about her laces being broken and thus finished without a medal. Kerrigan, however, ended up being just fine
and almost won the Gold Medal as she finished with the Silver Medal and the story of a lifetime. Are we forgetting anything? Let us know in the comments and we’ll make
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  2. It’s not really a scandal. But it’s still an insanely ridiculously true story. Check out the story of the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Marathon. Some of the events that happened are Absoutely hilarious.

  3. Thc a sports enhancement ? Give me a moment here..😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂

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