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Olympic scandals (15 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 9, 2014

From anti-gay comments and legislation to claims of corruption, the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been plagued by controversy. In that light, we decided to put together a list of scandals from past Olympics to remind us all that the international event isn't always a bed of roses.

1 of 15. 1916 Summer Olympics

The 1916 Summer Olympics were canceled in Berlin in the then-German Empire due to the outbreak of
World War I.

2 of 15. 1936 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected Berlin as the location of the 1936 Summer Olympics in 1931. However, in 1933 Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany and the plans for the games became ensnared with the agenda of Nazi Germany as Hitler intended to use the games for propaganda purposes.

3 of 15. 1968 Summer Olympics

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two black American sprinters, performed the black power salute while the anthem of the United States played during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. At the time, a spokesman for the IOC said that it was “a deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit.”

4 of 15. 1972 Summer Olympics

The Munich Massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, when 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group named Black September.

In response, Israel launched Operation Wrath of God, a covert operation conducted by Israel’s Mossad to track down and assassinate individuals involved in the murders.

5 of 15. 1980 Winter Olympics

After the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid, N.Y., controversy buzzed due to plans to convert the Olympic dormitories into a state prison afterward. Legal history was made when the National Moratorium on Prison Construction won a court ruling allowing its use of the Olympic symbol on a poster.
1. Macfarren
Dallas, TX,
Feb. 10, 2014

I think very few of these could be considered 'scandals.' 'Tragedies' is more like it. A scandal is when someone is bribed or other intentional illegalities take place. A tragedy is when an entire nation boycotts, someone is attacked, someone dies. Would you call Munich a 'scandal'? I think that's tragic.

2. Linus
Bountiful, UT,
Feb. 16, 2014

Macfarren: The scandal is that there was not better security in Munich. The tragedy that resulted from this scandalous short-sightedness is the hostage-taking and murders that ensued.