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2nd Apr '17 8:15:04 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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* In 1994, Tonya Harding attacked Nancy Kerrigan. You can't help yourself but feel sorry for Nancy Kerrigan sobbing in pain.
21st Mar '17 6:05:42 PM NoriMori
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* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.

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* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.substances.
* At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the German team for the women's 4 x 100 metres relay won the heats by nearly a second, and were all set to win the final, building up a lead that even America's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Stephens Helen Stephens]] probably couldn't have beat. And then the team's anchor (last runner), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Dörffeldt Ilse Dörffeldt]], dropped the baton right after the last hand-over, resulting in instant disqualification. [[https://youtu.be/a461M699YLE?t=415 Watch it here.]]
** "The girls proved they were genuine women by bursting into tears on the field."
** Even sadder is that this was a result of DamnYouMuscleMemory; Ilse dropped the baton trying to transfer it to her other hand, which she didn't have to do because she was the anchor, but was used to doing because she was normally in one of the middle legs.
--->"Her mouth wide open in shock, Doerffeldt held up her arms in the position of someone who was surrendering. ... As she turned round to look, the other runners, led by Helen Stephens, stormed past her. For a moment, Doerffeldt looked like a little girl stuck in the middle of a busy street, cars and lorries mercilessly shooting past her." From ''Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream''
4th Feb '17 12:23:08 PM DrOO7
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** Her withdrawal from the 2006 games, ending her magnificent career without an Olympic gold medal.
30th Jan '17 10:23:08 PM 8088ben
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* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold, thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.

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* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold, gold (and, by extension, his triple-triple), thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.
25th Jan '17 10:36:34 AM DrOO7
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* Day 11 of the 2016 Games had hosts Brazil suffering a HumiliationConga from their female athletes (despite two men winning a boxing gold and a canoeing silver). The women's handball team that won the 2013 world championship and had a great group stage barely gave a fight in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands; pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, also a world champion, had a hernia cause her to not even pass the first attempts, making her underwhelm in three straight Olympics; the women's football that had just won a nailbiter quarterfinal on penalties again was pushed to the shootouts by an overtly defensive Sweden, who proceeded to win the semifinal ([[FromBadToWorse and later Brazil lost the Bronze medal match]]); beach volleyball favorites Larissa-Talita lost their semifinal to a German duo (and not only they lost the bronze after winning the first set, the Germans beat the other Brazilian team in the final!); and the indoor volleyball team that came from two straight golds and a group stage without losing any sets suffered a huge comeback by China, winning the first set, then the fourth to get to the tie-breaker, only for [[HopeSpot a possible tying point]] to become the Chinese winner - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyLxMZBnHsU the reaction]] by the coach's grandson makes it even sadder.

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* Day 11 of the 2016 Games had hosts Brazil suffering a HumiliationConga from their female athletes (despite two men winning a boxing gold and a canoeing silver). The women's handball team that won the 2013 world championship and had a great group stage barely gave a fight in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands; pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, also a world champion, had a hernia cause her to not even pass the first attempts, making her underwhelm in three straight Olympics; the women's football that had just won a nailbiter quarterfinal on penalties again was pushed to the shootouts by an overtly defensive Sweden, who proceeded to win the semifinal ([[FromBadToWorse and later Brazil lost the Bronze medal match]]); beach volleyball favorites Larissa-Talita lost their semifinal to a German duo (and not only they lost the bronze after winning the first set, the Germans beat the other Brazilian team in the final!); and the indoor volleyball team that came from two straight golds and a group stage without losing any sets suffered a huge comeback by China, winning the first set, then the fourth to get to the tie-breaker, only for [[HopeSpot a possible tying point]] to become the Chinese winner - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyLxMZBnHsU the reaction]] by the coach's grandson makes it even sadder.sadder.
* The news that Usain Bolt will be stripped of his 2008 4*100 relay gold, thanks to the discovery that one of his teammates used a banned substances.
9th Dec '16 1:28:55 PM DarcyFoster
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* Ditto for the 2008 Olympics, when they started singing "We're One World." Retroactively saddening that the athletes from Russia and Georgia walked in the opening ceremony side-by-side, and yet the next day their countries went to war.

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* Ditto for the 2008 Olympics, when they started singing "We're One World." Retroactively saddening that the athletes from Russia and Georgia walked in the opening ceremony side-by-side, and yet the next day only hours after their countries went to war.
29th Sep '16 5:56:38 PM SammyDragon92
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* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the torch at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The identity of the final torchbearer had been kept secret and was only revealed when Ali appeared at the top of the ramp. After maintaining a low profile for the past decade, it was utterly ''shocking'' for the world to finally see history's greatest boxing champion and 1960 Rome gold medalist in the limelight again, ravaged by Parkinson's and the many head injuries he had suffered throughout his career. The gradual decline of boxing in recent years has sometimes been partially attributed to Ali's appearance at the Atlanta Olympics, which showcased the extreme injuries that most boxers are subjected to in the ring.

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* UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli's lighting of the torch cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The identity of the final torchbearer had been kept secret and was only revealed when Ali appeared at the top of the ramp. After maintaining a low profile for the past decade, it was utterly ''shocking'' for the world to finally see history's greatest boxing champion and 1960 Rome gold medalist in the limelight again, ravaged by Parkinson's and the many head injuries he had suffered throughout his career. The gradual decline of boxing in recent years has sometimes been partially attributed to Ali's appearance at the Atlanta Olympics, which showcased the extreme injuries that most boxers are subjected to in the ring.
22nd Aug '16 9:33:27 AM igordebraga
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* Also from the Rio games, the Williams sisters being eliminated in both the singles (Venus in the first round, Serena in the third) and doubles competition. Between their legendary joint and individual reputations and them being the defending gold medalists (along with victories in 2000 and 2008), the losses are simply staggering.

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* Also from the Rio games, the Williams sisters being eliminated in both the singles (Venus in the first round, Serena in the third) and doubles competition. Between their legendary joint and individual reputations and them being the defending gold medalists (along with victories in 2000 and 2008), the losses are simply staggering. Serena ''did'' win gold in the mixed doubles to compensate a bit.



* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' Olympic Spirit.

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* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' Olympic Spirit.Spirit.
* Day 11 of the 2016 Games had hosts Brazil suffering a HumiliationConga from their female athletes (despite two men winning a boxing gold and a canoeing silver). The women's handball team that won the 2013 world championship and had a great group stage barely gave a fight in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands; pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, also a world champion, had a hernia cause her to not even pass the first attempts, making her underwhelm in three straight Olympics; the women's football that had just won a nailbiter quarterfinal on penalties again was pushed to the shootouts by an overtly defensive Sweden, who proceeded to win the semifinal ([[FromBadToWorse and later Brazil lost the Bronze medal match]]); beach volleyball favorites Larissa-Talita lost their semifinal to a German duo (and not only they lost the bronze after winning the first set, the Germans beat the other Brazilian team in the final!); and the indoor volleyball team that came from two straight golds and a group stage without losing any sets suffered a huge comeback by China, winning the first set, then the fourth to get to the tie-breaker, only for [[HopeSpot a possible tying point]] to become the Chinese winner - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyLxMZBnHsU the reaction]] by the coach's grandson makes it even sadder.
19th Aug '16 10:58:52 PM CaptEquinox
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* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been a member of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being the only member of the team to not win an individual medal, and criticism of her supposed bad attitude.

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* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been a member of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being the only member of the team to not win an individual medal, and criticism of her supposed bad attitude. The first time Douglas appeared in 2012, all the internet could say was "what's wrong with her hair?"
* "[[http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nikki-hamblins-5-000-meter-000000095.html You can make friends in the moments that really should break your heart.]]" Now ''that's'' Olympic Spirit.
16th Aug '16 3:51:07 PM DrOO7
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* South African swimmer Chad le Clos finding out just weeks before the Olympics that his father has prostate cancer and that his mother's breast cancer, which had gone into remission a few years earlier, has returned. Even though they are both currently in treatment and his mother had just undergone a double mastectomy, they still came to Rio to support their son in the games.

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* South African swimmer Chad le Clos finding out just weeks before the Olympics that his father has prostate cancer and that his mother's breast cancer, which had gone into remission a few years earlier, has returned. Even though they are both currently in treatment and his mother had just undergone a double mastectomy, they still came to Rio to support their son in the games.games.
* The backlash against gymnast Gabby Douglas. Despite having been a member of two gold medal winning teams, focus is far more on her being the only member of the team to not win an individual medal, and criticism of her supposed bad attitude.
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