History YMMV / OlympicGames

12th Apr '18 8:49:07 PM DrOO7
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** Any and every team or athlete from a country following a particularly successful era in a given sport or taking over from a very successful retiring athlete will potentially be subjected to the strain of living in the shadow of those past gold medalists in the national consciousness. The Australian swimming team suffered from this terribly in 2012, being pressured with very high expectations to live up to the very dominant period of Australians in the sport that had preceded them, to the point where it caused a huge media controversy.

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** Any and every team or athlete from a country following a particularly successful era in a given sport or taking over from a very successful retiring athlete will potentially be subjected to the strain of living in the shadow of those past gold medalists in the national consciousness. consciousness:
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The Australian swimming team suffered from this terribly in 2012, being pressured with very high expectations to live up to the very dominant period of Australians in the sport that had preceded them, to the point where it caused a huge media controversy.



** For example, Jamaica has been searching for "the next Usain Bolt" since ''before'' the 2016 Rio Games, with Bolt declaring that they would be his last and Jamaica wanting to maintain its long-held dominance in the sprint events. Even so, regardless of nationality, it's likely Bolt's status as the only man to three-peat victories in the 100 and 200 races will stand for a long time.
** Leading up to the women's vault final in the 2012 London Games, American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney was under tremendous pressure to repeat her astonishing, gold-medal winning vault from the team final. She was considered a lock for the individual gold, but fell on her second vault and had to settle for silver.
** This [[http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/06/2014-olympics-sochi-vancouver-2010-games_n_4739919.html Huffington Post article]] saw the 2014 Sochi Games as lacking in comparison to the 2010 Vancouver Games. Granted, this was just before the Games began.
** Any athlete returning for a second, third, etc. Olympics is expected to match or better their previous performance and woe betide if they don't. Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Albertville gold medalist, saw this trope looming a mile away and decided to turn professional rather than return to the 1994 Games, knowing that between it being her second Olympics and being the defending gold medalist, the pressure on her to win would have been so intense that she was bound to falter.

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** For example, *** Jamaica has been searching for "the next Usain Bolt" since ''before'' the 2016 Rio Games, with Bolt declaring that they would be his last and Jamaica wanting to maintain its long-held dominance in the sprint events. Even so, regardless of nationality, it's likely Bolt's status as the only man to three-peat victories in the 100 and 200 races will stand for a long time.
** *** American women have dominated figure skating since its inception [[note]] 1-2 medalists at nearly every Olympics, with a total of 23 medals, including '''''7''''' golds, statistics no other country can boast. [[/note]], but the arguable peak was from 1992--2006, during which they earned 3 golds [[note]] Kristi Yamaguchi in '92, Tara Lipinski in '98, Sarah Hughes in '02 [[/note]], 3 silvers [[note]] Nancy Kerrigan in '94, Michelle Kwan in '98, Sasha Cohen in '06 [[/note]], and 2 bronzes [[note]] Nancy Kerrigan in '92, Michelle Kwan in '02 [[/note]] with some of the most beautiful and talented skaters in history. None of the skaters in the years since have been able to measure up in terms of quality or results, with the Pyeongchang Games being the ''third'' Olympics that an American woman has failed to earn a medal.
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Leading up to the women's vault final in the 2012 London Games, American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney was under tremendous pressure to repeat her astonishing, gold-medal winning vault from the team final. She was considered a lock for the individual gold, but fell on her second vault and had to settle for silver.
** *** This [[http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/06/2014-olympics-sochi-vancouver-2010-games_n_4739919.html Huffington Post article]] saw the 2014 Sochi Games as lacking in comparison to the 2010 Vancouver Games. Granted, this was just before the Games began.
** *** Any athlete returning for a second, third, etc. Olympics is expected to match or better their previous performance and woe betide if they don't. Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Albertville gold medalist, saw this trope looming a mile away and decided to turn professional rather than return to the 1994 Games, knowing that between it being her second Olympics and being the defending gold medalist, the pressure on her to win would have been so intense that she was bound to falter.
11th Apr '18 3:35:29 AM Cifer
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** During the 1976 Montreal Games, American swimmer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Babashoff Shirley Babaschoff]] made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members' records, commenting on their almost manly voices: she was accused of baselessly saying they were taking steroids and given the EmbarrassingNickname "Sour Shirley". After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, it was revealed that [[http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2000/07/37631 East German female athletes of all kinds were unknowingly doped with steroids, which had among their side-effects the development of more irreversible traits that amount to "masculinization"]]. This ended up giving [[BreakTheCutie all kind of horrible physical/emotional effects]] [[TheWoobie on the ladies]]...and [[TheOneGuy on]] [[TransSexual one]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger guy]].

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** During the 1976 Montreal Games, American swimmer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Babashoff Shirley Babaschoff]] made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members' records, commenting on their almost manly voices: she was accused of baselessly saying they were taking steroids and given the EmbarrassingNickname "Sour Shirley". After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, it was revealed that [[http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2000/07/37631 East German female athletes of all kinds were unknowingly doped with steroids, which had among their side-effects the development of more irreversible traits that amount to "masculinization"]]. This ended up giving [[BreakTheCutie all kind of horrible physical/emotional effects]] [[TheWoobie on the ladies]]...and [[TheOneGuy on]] [[TransSexual [[{{Transgender}} one]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger guy]].
6th Mar '18 6:05:06 PM DrOO7
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*** So did the 2000 US women's gymnastics team, coming on the heels of the historic gold-medal Magnificent 7 team. Indeed, they finished fourth, and not until 10 years later were they awarded the bronze by default.
1st Mar '18 12:32:15 PM hellwolf99
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** On a much older note, the 1904 Summer Olympics. A horribly managed farce of an event that nearly ended the tradition right then and there, it's most horrifying aspect was the Marathon. A long slog of a race on dirt roads with trainers following the racers in 1900s era cars is bad enough, but then consider that there was literally only one water source that people from out of town would have problems drinking from because it was a ''well'', the roads were littered with stones and the runners didn't have footwear that could protect them, there were ''feral dogs'' on the track who even ran one racer off course and he ''still'' finished ninth and it was reportedly a blistering 90 degrees fahrenheit ''in the shade'' and it's a wonder no one died. Jon Bois, who would later create 17776, covered the whole sordid affair as an episode of his video series [[https://youtu.be/M4AhABManTw Pretty Good.]] Fair warning, some of the stuff described is pretty terrifying.

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** On a much older note, the 1904 Summer Olympics. A horribly managed farce of an event that nearly ended the tradition right then and there, it's most horrifying aspect was the Marathon. A long slog of a race on dirt roads with trainers following the racers in 1900s era cars is bad enough, but then consider that there was literally only one water source that people from out of town would have problems drinking from because it was a ''well'', the roads were littered with stones and the runners didn't have footwear that could protect them, there were ''feral dogs'' on the track who even ran one racer off course and he ''still'' finished ninth and it was reportedly a blistering 90 degrees fahrenheit ''in the shade'' and it's a wonder no one died. Jon Bois, who would later create 17776, WebOriginal/SeventeenThousandSevenHundredSeventySix, covered the whole sordid affair as an episode of his video series [[https://youtu.be/M4AhABManTw Pretty Good.]] Fair warning, some of the stuff described is pretty terrifying.
1st Mar '18 11:17:45 AM hellwolf99
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* NightmareFuel: [[https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/2/9/16996994/pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-inmyeonjo-human-faced-bird-puppet This thing]] at the 2018 PyeongChang Games opening ceremony will make you not sleep for days.

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* NightmareFuel: [[https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/2/9/16996994/pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-inmyeonjo-human-faced-bird-puppet This thing]] at the 2018 PyeongChang [=PyeongChang=] Games opening ceremony will make you not sleep for days.
1st Mar '18 11:17:05 AM hellwolf99
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** On a much older note, the 1904 Summer Olympics. A horribly managed farce of an event that nearly ended the tradition right then and there, it's most horrifying aspect was the Marathon. A long slog of a race on dirt roads with trainers following the racers in 1900s era cars is bad enough, but then consider that there was literally only one water source that people from out of town would have problems drinking from because it was a ''well'', the roads were littered with stones and the runners didn't have footwear that could protect them, there were ''feral dogs'' on the track who even ran one racer off course and he ''still'' finished ninth and it was reportedly a blistering 90 degrees fahrenheit ''in the shade'' and it's a wonder no one died. Jon Bois, who would later create 17776, covered the whole sordid affair as an episode of his video series [[https://youtu.be/M4AhABManTw Pretty Good.]] Fair warning, some of the stuff described is pretty terrifying.
26th Feb '18 2:53:10 PM DragonRanger
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** Canada's skips for that sport, [[BaldOfAwesome Kevin Martin]] and Cheryl Bernard.
** The 2010 Vancouver Games gave us the Norwegian men's curling team ''[[http://ayyyy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Norwegian-curling-pants.jpg pants]]''. By the time the Games ended, those pants had their own Facebook page and {{Hatedom}}.
** The sport of curling itself, especially at the 2010 Games. NBC broadcast curling on their news affiliate CNBC, which switched over from finance coverage at the end of the business day. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/business/26curling.html?ref=business Wall Street traders started watching after the market closed and were hooked instantly.]]

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** Curling as a whole.
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Canada's skips for that sport, skips, [[BaldOfAwesome Kevin Martin]] and Cheryl Bernard.
** *** The 2010 Vancouver Games gave us the Norwegian men's curling team ''[[http://ayyyy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Norwegian-curling-pants.jpg pants]]''. By the time the Games ended, those pants had their own Facebook page and {{Hatedom}}.
** The sport of curling itself, especially *** Also at the 2010 Games. Vancouver 2010, NBC broadcast curling on their news affiliate CNBC, which switched over from finance coverage at the end of the business day. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/business/26curling.html?ref=business html Wall Street traders started watching after the market closed and were hooked instantly.]]]]
*** In the [=PeyongChang=] 2018 Games, the United States men's curling team catapulted into the spotlight when they started knocking out powerhouses in the sport and eventually earned the gold.



%%** Curling.
25th Feb '18 8:46:18 AM DrOO7
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*** [[https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/sports/US-Gymnasts-Say-Sport-Rife-With-Verbal-and-Emotional-Abuse-475001253.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_NYBrand This article]] detailing the other kinds of abuse gymnasts have been subjected to, which applies this to ''every'' gymnastics competition. It's disheartening to think that the US' development as a gymnastics powerhouse came out of this.
25th Feb '18 2:26:30 AM kazokuhouou
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** After all the controversy surrounding the Russian doping scandal, which resulted in the Russians not even being allowed to compete under their own flag in 2018...two Russians, Nadezhda Sergeeva in bobsledding and Alexander Krushelnitsky in curling, were ''still'' caught doping, causing both of them to be disqualified and the mixed-doubles curling team to be stripped of their bronze medal.

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** After all the controversy surrounding the Russian doping scandal, which resulted in the Russians not even being allowed to compete under their own flag in 2018...two Russians, Nadezhda Sergeeva in bobsledding and Alexander Krushelnitsky in curling, were ''still'' caught doping, causing both of them to be disqualified and disqualified, the mixed-doubles curling team to be stripped of their bronze medal.medal, and costing the Russian delegation any chance of being allowed to enter the closing ceremony under their own flag.
24th Feb '18 8:49:00 AM kazokuhouou
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** After all the controversy surrounding the Russian doping scandal, which resulted in the Russians not even being allowed to compete under their own flag in 2018...Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky ''still'' gets busted doping and gets himself and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova stripped of their bronze medal in mixed-doubles curling.

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** After all the controversy surrounding the Russian doping scandal, which resulted in the Russians not even being allowed to compete under their own flag in 2018...Russian curler two Russians, Nadezhda Sergeeva in bobsledding and Alexander Krushelnitsky in curling, were ''still'' gets busted doping caught doping, causing both of them to be disqualified and gets himself and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova the mixed-doubles curling team to be stripped of their bronze medal in mixed-doubles curling.medal.
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