Although the accolade of the most controversial Olympic games goes to the Summer Olympics, we must say, the winter ones aren't that far off either. And coming to the 2018 instalment of the Winter Olympics, there are already some brewing controversies, which are subjected towards racism.
The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games are already underway and have undergone a glamorous opening ceremony. While we hope that this instalment is free from controversies, we'd like to take a trip down the memory lane and present you with the most controversial moments in the history of Winter Olympics.
In 1968 the French skier Jean Claude Killy completed a sweep of all three events to gain the gold but what followed was one of the biggest controversies in the history of Winter Olympics. His challenger Karl Schranz called for a redo of events in which he won and Jean lost.
Karl Schranz asked the event to be redone as he claimed that he was stopped by a mysterious competitor. So when he posted a faster time than Jean, he was awarded the gold but television replays confirmed that Karl wasn't stopped and the gold was retrospectively awarded to Jean.
Every sport has a rivalry of legendary proportions. Michael Jordan vs Karl Malone in the NBA, Messi vs Ronaldo in football and in 1994 Winter Olympic Games, it was fellow American skaters, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. In fact, Messi vs Ronaldo holds nothing in front of Harding vs Kerrington.
When rivalries turn sour, bad things happen. And that's exactly what happened when Tonya's husband Jeff Gillooly set up an attack on Kerrington via a hitman. The hitman assaulted her and despite her injuries, she won the silver medal in 1994 Winter Olympics whereas Harding served probation and her husband spent time in prison.
In 1961 few of the most talented and the brightest names in US figure skating, boarded a flight to attend World Figure Skating Championship in Prague. Unfortunately, they never made it. The flight crashed en route, killing all the members.
Owing to the crash, the US couldn't recover from it and only finished 7th in the 1964 Winter Olympic games. They did manage to recover in 1968 when Peggy Fleming clinched gold for the USA.
Ross Rebagliati in what was the inaugural snowboarding event in the 1998 Winter Olympics won gold but what followed not only changed sports, it made Ross a phenomenon. When Ross was asked to take a doping test following his victory, he obliged.
When traces of marijuana were found in his sample, he was disqualified but later on, as it wasn't on the list of banned substances, the Olympics had no choice but to award him the medal. This made him an icon among marijuana smokers, something he cherishes to this day.
Sometimes life comes at you fast and sadly, it was Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili who was at the receiving end. During the trial run before the 2010 Winter Olympics, he lost his life. He was a huge competitor and he hit an unprotected steel column at almost 90 mph.
This is still the most recent death in the history of Winter Olympics and we hope it remains the same as no one wants to see such a tragedy unfold, again.
Russia is a country known for controversies of a higher standard. Russia landed under the spotlight when a law against the distribution of homosexual information was the reason for the protest.
As expected, the LGBT community didn't take the news very nicely and that too, for a good reason. Many athletes protested and International Olympic Community was under a lot of pressure to change the venue of 2018 Winter Olympics.
Didn't we tell you? Russia was known for its notoriety and as a result, they have been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Following many doping charges over the years, the mass investigation yielded positive results and hence the International Olympic Council banned Russia.
Here's the twist in the tale. The athletes who were not charged for doping can still take part in the Olympics, while they'll come under the banner of OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia).
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