When you gather 10,500 athletes from 205 nations together for a major international sports competition, you can expect a good scandal or two. But the 2012 Summer Olympics are just one week old, and we’ve already seen four fairly historic controversies—two regarding the outcomes of events, and one that almost kept an event from happening at all.
So do these scandals from the 2012 London Summer Games really compare to the other big scandals throughout Olympic history?
Surprisingly, yes. And to prove it, today we bring you the 15 biggest summer olympics scandals.
But before we get started, we should note that the only scandals considered for this list were ones that pertained to actual competition and arose during the Games. Thus, you won’t find scandals that sprung up long after the Games were over, like the 2007 Marion Jones steroid scandal that stripped her of her medals from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Nor will you find things like the USA’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, or the murder of 11 Israelis by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. These are all notable stories, obviously, but what we’re going for here is stuff that marred the Games while they were ongoing.
So, with that said, let’s get to it…