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Double Trouble: The Two U.S. Olympic Hockey Teams of 1948

Double Trouble: The Two U.S. Olympic Hockey Teams of 1948 | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
Have you been watching the Olympic ice hockey tournament and cheering for the American team? Be thankful you haven't been forced to choose which U.S. team to root for. American fans faced just such a conundrum at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, when two hockey squads showed up for the games and claimed to be the official American squad. Here's a look at how that happened.

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1948: The United States accidentally sent 2 ice hockey teams, both teams claiming to be the real team. (VIA: MentalFloss.com) 

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The forgotten story of ... Ross Milne

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Mike Ticher: The 19-year-old skier, who was killed at the 1964 Winter Olympics, symbolised Australia's battle for credibility at the Games

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1964: 19 year old Australian skier is killed during practice at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. This raised skeptics of the safety and eligibility of the sport. (VIA: Raya Darcy, TheGuardian.com)

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Legendary Sportscaster Al Michaels Detained, Accused with DUI

The man respected for shouting “Do you have faith in miracles?” as the U.S. hockey squad disappointed the strong Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics was detained and accused with crime DUI in Southern California on Friday night, According to Santa Monica Police.


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1980: Famous sports broadcaster Al Michaels of the 1980 olympics was accused with a DUI (VIA: losangelesduilawyerfirm.com)

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Are the Winter Olympics for the rich?

Are the Winter Olympics for the rich? | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
Below are 165 of the world's countries that have participated in the Summer and Winter Olympics at least one time since 1990. Not only do fewer countries participate in the Winter Olympics, but fewer poor countries — none of the poorest — win medals.

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1992-2012: The winter olympics are questioned for only being available for the richest of countries, making it an unfair game. (VIA: Richard Baxter, The Washington Post)

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Ski jumper to bed hopper – Eddie the Eagle reveals the perks of fame

Ski jumper to bed hopper – Eddie the Eagle reveals the perks of fame | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
Martin Kelner: Radio and TV appearances were not the only rewards for Eddie Edwards after his starring role at the 1988 Winter Olympics...

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1998: Fame and recognition takes a horribly negative effect on olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards when he becomes known for partying and sleeping around. (Mike Ireson, BlogLovin.com)

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Olympic Scandal | Infoplease.com

Olympic Scandal | Infoplease.com | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
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2002: Salt Lake City sent out multiple illegal bribes (college tuition, plastic surgery, and Super Bowel tickets) to the International Olympic Committee so that they could host the winter games. Salt Lake City was still able to host the games, but fired most of the IOC members who took the bribes. (VIA: Infoplease.com) 

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Former Luge Athlete on Why the Olympics Are a Lot Like ‘The Hunger Games’ | The Nation

Former Luge Athlete on Why the Olympics Are a Lot Like ‘The Hunger Games’ | The Nation | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it

I see that the beautiful illusion I once searched for is a fabrication...

 

As a former Olympic athlete, I can tell you from experience that the Olympic Games have much more in common with The Hunger Games than anyone would want to admit.

 

I connect with the inhumanity of The Hunger Games because I’ve been there, as a luge competitor at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. No, I didn’t get sucked into the depths of an artificial lake, like the character played by Jennifer Lawrence. But I did get sucked into the rafters of an artificially manufactured tube of glare ice, only to come crashing down in the second run of my Olympic moment.

 

The grandeur of the opening ceremonies of The Hunger Games is designed to mask the cruelty of the competition itself. The Olympic opening ceremonies serve a similar purpose. Like the kids representing the districts of Panem, each nation’s athletes are trotted around a massive arena like prize ponies, shrouded in the patriotic glory of their particular flag. The carefully orchestrated pageantry is misleading, telling us that the Olympics are a celebration of the human capacity to achieve, to overcome obstacles, and that the world’s best athletes represent something bigger than themselves. 

 

But make no mistake: for the global elite, the Olympics are an investment—and one with a rapidly growing price tag. At the London Games, the cost of the opening ceremonies alone was a whopping $42.3 million. This year, Russia will shell out more than $51 billion for the two-week event, making these Games more expensive than all previous Winter Olympics combined...." 


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2006: Luge athlete talks about the inhuman things that go on at the olympics and why it is just like "The Hunger Games" (VIA: @siobhan-o-flynn, thenation.com)

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Jihadists Threaten To Attack Sochi Winter Olympics

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Jihadists Threaten To Attack Sochi Winter Olympics
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(Via CNN) A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia’s President vows the Game…

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2014: Sochi reseved multiple terrorist threats by Jihadists. Russian President promises everyones safety and that the games will continue.   (VIA: Jack Hansen, CNN) 

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Topless pictures of Lebanese skier spark calls for ministerial inquiry

Topless pictures of Lebanese skier spark calls for ministerial inquiry | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
The photos of Jackie Chamoun taken for a calendar show her holding strategically-placed ski equipment to protect her modesty as she poses in Lebanon's Faraya mountains.
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2014: Lebanese women's skier Jackie Chamoun poses nude  for a calendar photo shoot, embarrassing and greatly upsetting Lebanon. (VIA: DailyMail.co.uk)   

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Johannes Duerr becomes fifth athlete to fail doping test at Sochi Olympics

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SOCHI, Russia -- Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr was kicked out of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday after testing positive for EPO . It is the fifth doping case — and most serious so far — at the Winter Games.
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2014: Australian cross-country skier becomes the 5th Olympian caught for blood doping. His blood test was positive for EPO and was kicked out of the games. (VIA: Los Angeles Times) 

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Man Responsible For Olympic Ring Mishap Found Dead In Sochi

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The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia was found dead today. According to local reports the body of Boris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds. Avdeyev was a technical ...
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2014: After a technical issue with the opening ceremony, the man responsible, Boris Avdeyev, was found dead with multiple stab wounds. (VIA: The Daily Current)

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The Baffling Bobsled

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How's this for an unsolved mystery?: Prior to their initial run in the 1948 bobsled, members of the U.S. team noticed that somebody had tampered with their steering. They fixed the sled and nobody was hurt, but the perpetrators of the unsportsmanlike act were never brought to justice. For what it's worth, the U.S. bobsledders claimed three medals, among them a gold. Photo by Getty Images.

Read more: Winter Olympic Scandals at WomansDay.com - Winter Games - Woman's Day

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1948: During the St. Moritz winter olympics, the US bobsled team noticed their steering had been tampered with. The culprits were never discovered. (VIA: MidwayMadness.com) 

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Ortrun Enderlein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ortrun Enderlein

Ortrun Zöphel-Enderlein (born 1 December 1943) is a former East German (GDR) luger, and one of the most successful lugers in the 1960s. Enderlein started her working career at the SC Traktor Oberwiesenthal, and was first introduced to luge in her home village of Raschau in the Ore Mountains.

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1968: 3 East German won cheated in the luge event by heating up the runners of their sleds. The women's tactics were discovered and stripped of their medals. (VIA: Wikipedia)

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The New York Times: This Day In Sports

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1994: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by an anonymous man sent by rival figure skater Tonya Harding out of jealousy (VIA: Jere Longman, The New York Times)

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Washingtonpost.com: Canadian Snowboard Winner Stripped of Gold

Washingtonpost.com: Canadian Snowboard Winner Stripped of Gold | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
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1998: Canadian snowboarder is stripped of him gold medal after testing positive for marijuana. (VIA: Rachel Alexander, The Washington Post)

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Blood Doping in Sports - Athletes Cheating

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On the last day of the 2002 Winter Olympics, 3 cross-country skiers were booted out of the Games for blood doping. Find out how this scam works, why it ehances performance in sports and what the side effects can be.

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2002: 3 of the winter olympic cross-country skiers are found guilty of blood doping and are kicked out of the games. (VIA: @Renee Anne Shirley, Kidzworld.com)

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The effects of drug abuse on the body are profound and are well documented in the above article. Currently, olympic athletes found to have broken the banned substance list are penalised by the Olympic committee with a minimum 2 year ban for the first offence and lifetime ban for a subsequent offence. 

 

 

 

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CNNSI.com - 2002 Winter Olympics - French official: Judge was pressured before vote - Thursday February 14, 2002 10:17 AM

CNNSI.com - 2002 Winter Olympics - French official: Judge was pressured before vote - Thursday February 14, 2002 10:17 AM | Winter Olympic Scandals throughout History | Scoop.it
The figure skating controversy took another twist Wednesday night when the head of the French Olympic delegation said that Marie-Reine Le Gougne was "somewhat manipulated" to give high marks to the Russian pair of Elena
Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze. On Larry King Live, silver medalists Jamie Sale and David Pelletier said the judges' decision was "like a punch in the stomach."
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2002: French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was "persuaded and threatened" to throw the competition, and gave the perfect Russian pair a low score of 6. (VIA CNN Sports Illustrated)

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SMB’s: Skate Past IT Challenges During the Winter Olympics - Business 2 Community

Hurdles are associated with track and field, a sport that commands the spotlight every four years...

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2010-2014: Cybercriminals and spammers take advantage of the Winter Olympics popularity causing IT administration to be on top of their game (VIA: Thomas Fatlin, bloglovin.com)

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Death of Georgian Athlete Highlights Dangers of Luge

The death of Georgian Olympic Luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili while practicing at the Whistler Sliding Center north of Vancouver, Canada, highlights the dan...
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2010: Luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili is killed during a practice run when he flies off the track. Georgian president claims that it was athlete error, but others are skeptical of the tracks safety. (VIA: Youtube.com)

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Sochi Stray Dogs Scandal: Winter Olympics organisers criticised for plans to kill stray do - YouTube

After appearing to back off a plan to dispose of more than 2000 stray dogs and cats in the host city for the 2014 Winter Games, Sochi officials have repor. C...
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2014: Over 400 stray dogs were killed by a company hired by Sochi to "clean up" their city so they could host the 2014 Winter Olympics. (VIA: Videozeo, YouTube.com)

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Disgraced Former Russian Olympics Official Says He Was Poisoned

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Hardly a month goes by in Russia without a fresh scandal hitting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The latest blow came from Akhmed Bilalov, a disgraced former deputy head of Russia’...

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2014: Russian Olympics official Akhmed Bilalov was poisoned with mercury but has no suspicions as to where it came from or who is responsible. (VIA: rferl.com)

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China to build high-speed rail for Winter Olympics bid - The Standard

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China to build high-speed rail for Winter Olympics bid - The Standard

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2022: China is planning to build a rail way to connect the 2 cities of l Beijing and northern Zhangjiakou. This way, they will have a greater chance of hosting the future winter olympics since they will have a bid from both Beijing and Zhangjjakou. (VIA: Peter Lewis, TheStandard.com)

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