Here Are 18 of the Most Shocking Scandals in the History of the Olympics

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FeaturedScandalsOf all the massive amounts of sports competitions, tournaments and events out there, none get more eyes than the Olympics. For example, the last Super Bowl got about 167 Million U.S viewers as well as a few million from elsewhere. Compare that to the 3.6 Billion or so people that watched the Olympics and you see how huge of an event it is. And with the event being so huge, the scandals that come out of the Olympics are also massive and you simply won’t believe some of the things that people have done. Read on and find out.

#18 The Black Power Salute in 1968

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001--18-the-black-power-salute-in-1968-208189During the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico, the American Civil Rights Movement was in full swing. After Tommie Smith and John Carlos were on the podium following their gold and bronze medals in the 200M, they performed the black power salute which, at the time, most people associated with extremism and violence. You may have remembered this next one from back in 2000…
#17 Romanian Doping Scandal in 2000

002--17-romanian-doping-scandal-in-2000-208195Now while most scandals are purposely done, this one appears to be an accident. Or so many believe. When Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan got a cold during the 2000 Olympics, her coach gave her a nasal decongestant. But as it turned out, the decongestant was in the amphetamine category and she failed her drug test. Because a clear nose is an Olympic violation apparently.

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#16 Ben Johnson Caught Cheating in 1988

003--16-ben-johnson-caught-cheating-in-1988-208208Ben Johnson shocked the world when he won the gold medal in the 100M dash in world record time at the Olympics in 1988. However, only three days after the race, he tested positive for steroids. And unfortunately, he wasn’t the only famous runner to be popped for steroids, as you’ll find out at the number 1o spot.

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#15 Decker vs. Budd in 1984

004--15-decker-vs-budd-in-1984-208210This famous incident took place in the 1984 Olympics. During the 3000M race, Mary Decker of the USA collided with Zola Budd of South Africa, which caused Decker to fall and lose the race. They each blamed each other for the collision and no one has ever taken the blame for it. This next you probably won’t remember…

#14 The Halswelle Scandal in 1908

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Wyndham HalswelleWay back in 1908, an American runner was disqualified for blocking British runner Wyndham Halswelle, even though the move was legal in the USA (just not in Britain). A re-run was called, but the other races were American and sat out in protest, so Halswelle ran the race alone and won. While this was among the earliest Olympic scandals in history, number 13 is another that happened many moons ago.

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