It's all fun and games — until the scandals hit the news
The Olympics aren’t older than dirt, but they are actually older than Jesus, having started in ancient Greece in the 8th century BC. Almost as old? Controversy at the Olympic Games.
For an international happening with the name “Games” in the title, you might be surprised at just how many scandals occur during the events. Unless, of course, you actually watch the Olympic Games every two years. Then you already know the scandals are almost as ubiquitous as the medals.
Here are 10 of the biggest Olympic scandals since the early 20th century:
Runner loses medal after . . . not running
The 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, was notable initially because they were supposed to take place in Chicago and because tensions in the Russo-Japanese War kept some top competitors from travelling to the United States. But the booby prize news items of the Games went to Fred Lorz, who quit running the marathon nine miles into it and caught a ride with his manager, until which time the car broke down 11 miles later. So Lorz walked the rest of the race to the Olympic stadium and crossed the finish line a winner. Unfortunately for him, too many eyewitnesses saw he didn’t run the race, forcing him to ‘fess up, although he claimed it was a practical joke. Source: Comcast Photo credit: Wikipedia
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