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* ActionPrologue: In a way, the football/soccer tournaments always have games played before the opening ceremony to fit the schedule.

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* ActionPrologue: In a way, the football/soccer tournaments always have games played before the opening ceremony to fit the schedule. The continued growth of the Winter Games saw this start for them in 2014, as well.


* HeManWomanHater: Kinda... Pierre de Coubertin left the IOC because he thought female athletes were a betrayal to the Olympic ideal (the AncientGreece games had only men).

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* HeManWomanHater: Kinda... Pierre de Coubertin left the IOC because he thought female athletes were a betrayal to the Olympic ideal (the AncientGreece UsefulNotes/AncientGreece games had only men).

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* MusicAtSportingEvents:
** The most famous piece of music associated with the Games is, of course, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Hymn Olympic Hymn]], written by Kostis Palamas and composed by Spyridon Samaras, first played at Athens 1896 but not used regularly until Rome 1960. It is used in the opening ceremonies, when the Olympic Flag is raised, and at the closing ceremonies, as it is lowered, as well as in medal ceremonies where the gold-winning athlete(s) do not have their own NOC (either as independents or because their original NOC is serving suspension).
** Beijing 2008's athletes parade features a medley of international music representing the five continents--a Chinese orchestra (Asia), Scottish bagpipers (Europe), Aboriginal musicians (Oceania), South African drummers (Africa), and a Mexican mariachi band (Americas).
** The athletes' parade during London 2012's opening ceremony played several contemporary hits, from Music/{{Adele}}'s "Rolling in the Deep" to Music/TheBeeGees' "Stayin' Alive" (appropriately enough while Fiji enters) and even Irish rock band Music/{{U2}}'s "Where the Streets have No Name" and "Beautiful Day", as well as electronic pop hits Music/{{Underworld}}, which directed the music throughout the ceremonies. When Great Britain entered, the PA plays Music/DavidBowie's "Heroes". This segment was also [[BookEnds book-ended]] by Music/TheChemicalBrothers' "Galvanize". Given that Creator/DannyBoyle was the London 2012 artistic director, all the music used was highly thematic. The theme song from ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' (itself a film about two British Olympians during Paris 1924) would also be played during all medal ceremonies, while "Heroes" would override the song whenever British athletes win gold medals.
** Sochi 2014 features DJ [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Rudenko Leonid Rudenko]] playing remixes of notable pieces of Russian music throughout the athletes' parade.
** The Rio 2016 arena [=DJs=] also frequently exploited this--Usain Bolt's victory warranted "Usain Bolt The Puma", "Champion", and two Jamaican reggae songs; Egyptian athletes were greeted by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHizdNS4UTU a local song about Pharaohs]]; and overtimes tried to make the crowd optimistic with [[Music/{{Journey}} "Don't Stop Believin'"]].
** Pyeongchang 2018's athletes parade also features a lot of EDM renditions of popular Korean classics, beginning with Koreana's "Hand in Hand", the official theme song of Seoul 1988, and ending with the two Koreas marching together to the tune of "Arirang", a folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea. In between are hits from the K-Pop surge of TheNewTens, such as "Music/GangnamStyle" by Music/{{PSY}}, "Likey" by Music/{{Twice}}, "Fantastic Baby" by Music/BigBang, "DNA" by Music/{{BTS}}, and "Red Flavor" by Music/RedVelvet.


* BadassGrandpa: Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won his first Olympic gold medal at the age of 60. He competed at three Olympics (1908, 1912 and 1920) and won his last medal (a silver) when he was ''72 years old''. Swahn still holds the record as the oldest Olympic gold medallist (64 years old) and the oldest Olympic medallist of all time.
** Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina also qualifies. She competed in her ''seventh'' Olympics in 2016 at age 41.[[note]]The Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000, and 2004; Germany in 2008 and 2012; and Uzbekistan again in 2016.[[/note]] This was ''after'' [[ActionMom the birth of her son in 1999]], and her supposed "[[TenMinuteRetirement retired]]" post-London 2012. While 41 isn't quite grandma-level in most sports, gymnastics is different— The minimum age for competition is ''16'', and since girls enter puberty earlier than boys, most Olympic female gymnasts are less than 20. The members of the 2016 (gold medal winning!) USA women's team called their captain Aly Raisman "Grandma Aly". ''At age 22''.


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* CoolOldGuy: Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who won his first Olympic gold medal at the age of 60. He competed at three Olympics (1908, 1912 and 1920) and won his last medal (a silver) when he was ''72 years old''. Swahn still holds the record as the oldest Olympic gold medallist (64 years old) and the oldest Olympic medallist of all time.


** American gymnast Kerri Strug landed badly and severely damaged her ankle on her first vault during the final rotation of the final day of the 1996 team competition. To make matters worse, the United States had only a very narrow lead over 2nd-place Russia, and Strug was the last American woman to go after all of her teammates had been docked points for not landing cleanly. In other words, Strug ''had'' to land well - with a third-degree lateral sprain and severe tendon damage - for the US to win. The image of her coach Bela Karolyi [[NowLetMeCarryYou carrying a victorious Strug to the podium]] is one of the most iconic and lump-in-the-throat-inducing images of the entire '96 games, if not all of women's gymnastics.

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** American gymnast Kerri Strug landed badly and severely damaged her ankle on her first vault during the final rotation of the final day of the 1996 team competition. To make matters worse, the United States had only a very narrow lead over 2nd-place Russia, and Strug was the last American woman to go after all of her teammates had been docked points for not landing cleanly. In other words, coach Bela Karolyi believed Strug ''had'' to land well take another vault - with a third-degree lateral sprain and severe tendon damage - and make a perfect landing for the US to win. win.[[note]]It turned out her points were ''not'' needed, but they didn't know that at the time.[[/note]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhGLXOV823U Strug explains here]]. She took the second vault, landed briefly on both feet and immediately pulled up the injured foot -- then dropped to the ground in agony.[[note]]It's easy to think she ''landed'' on one foot, perhaps in part due to her vault being featured in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYSacT1iHi4 Visa "Go World" commercial]] with Creator/MorganFreeman narrating it that way.[[/note]] The image of her coach Bela Karolyi [[NowLetMeCarryYou carrying a victorious Strug to the podium]] is one of the most iconic and lump-in-the-throat-inducing images of the entire '96 games, if not all of women's gymnastics.


** Averted by most North American cities, which either used preexisting facilities or had the infrastructure and sports franchises to occupy the facilities long after the Games have ended. For instance, in Atlanta, the Olympic Village became Georgia Tech dormitories, and the Olympic Stadium was designed from the get-go to be reconfigured into Turner Field for UsefulNotes/{{baseball}}'s [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Atlanta Braves]]. After the Braves left Turner Field, Georgia State University in turn acquired the arena and reconfigured it anew for its Panthers [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] team.

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** Averted by most North American cities, which either used preexisting facilities or had the infrastructure and sports franchises to occupy the facilities long after the Games have ended. For instance, in Atlanta, the Olympic Village became Georgia Tech dormitories, and the Olympic Stadium was designed from the get-go to be reconfigured into Turner Field for UsefulNotes/{{baseball}}'s [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Atlanta Braves]]. After the Braves left Turner Field, Georgia State University in turn acquired the arena stadium and reconfigured it anew for its Panthers [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] team.


* CreditsMontage: Most Olympic TV broadcasters do this whenever the Games come to an end, showing the event's biggest moments alongside the names of the people who worked to help them be televised. NBC is especially famous for this. Check out their [[montage for the 1988 Games in Seoul]]...which last '''''OVER 23 MINUTES!'''''

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* CreditsMontage: Most Olympic TV broadcasters do this whenever the Games come to an end, showing the event's biggest moments alongside the names of the people who worked to help them be televised. NBC is especially famous for this. Check out their [[montage [[https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x37chko montage for the 1988 Games in Seoul]]...which last '''''OVER 23 MINUTES!'''''

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* CreditsMontage: Most Olympic TV broadcasters do this whenever the Games come to an end, showing the event's biggest moments alongside the names of the people who worked to help them be televised. NBC is especially famous for this. Check out their [[montage for the 1988 Games in Seoul]]...which last '''''OVER 23 MINUTES!'''''

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** The womens's gymnastics events are several days worth of the most flexible and toned young women on Earth running around, flexing, jumping, and dancing in tight leotards. TV Tropes encourages viewers to make their own judgments on the subject matter.


** At the 2012 Olympics just prior to the men's 100m final one happened in the stands when a drunk spectator threw a bottle at the competitors. Said spectator just so happened to be sitting beside a Dutch Olympian called Edith Bosch, who had won bronze for her nation in the ''70kg Judo''. Her twitter feed later stated "A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! [[BadassBoast I HAVE BEATEN HIM]] .... unbelievable". Lord Sebastian Coe, member of the House of Lords in British Parliament, President of the London Organizing Committee of Olympic Games and himself a veteran Olympic gold medalist (1500 meters in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984), commented, "I think the expression is [[InstantWinCondition Ippon]]."

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** At the 2012 Olympics just prior to the men's 100m final one happened in the stands when a drunk spectator threw a bottle at the competitors. Said spectator [[LaserGuidedKarma just so happened to be sitting beside beside]] a Dutch Olympian called Edith Bosch, who had won bronze for her nation in the ''70kg Judo''. Her twitter feed later stated "A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track! [[BadassBoast I HAVE BEATEN HIM]] .... unbelievable". Lord Sebastian Coe, member of the House of Lords in British Parliament, President of the London Organizing Committee of Olympic Games and himself a veteran Olympic gold medalist (1500 meters in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984), commented, "I think the expression is [[InstantWinCondition Ippon]]."



** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stephen_Akhwari Tanzanian athlete John Stephen Akhwari]] fell and dislocated his knee while running the marathon at the 1968 Olympics. After receiving medical attention, Akhwari decided to finish the race, limping into the Olympic stadium long after the other competitors had finished. When asked why he had decided to continue running, Akhwari replied: "My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race."

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stephen_Akhwari Tanzanian athlete John Stephen Akhwari]] fell and dislocated his knee while running the marathon at the 1968 Olympics. After receiving medical attention, Akhwari decided to finish the race, limping into the Olympic stadium long after the other competitors had finished. When asked why he had decided to continue running, Akhwari replied: "My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; [[BadassBoast they sent me to finish the race.race]]."


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** American gymnast Kerri Strug landed badly and severely damaged her ankle on her first vault during the final rotation of the final day of the 1996 team competition. To make matters worse, the United States had only a very narrow lead over 2nd-place Russia, and Strug was the last American woman to go after all of her teammates had been docked points for not landing cleanly. In other words, Strug ''had'' to land well - with a third-degree lateral sprain and severe tendon damage - for the US to win. The image of her coach Bela Karolyi [[NowLetMeCarryYou carrying a victorious Strug to the podium]] is one of the most iconic and lump-in-the-throat-inducing images of the entire '96 games, if not all of women's gymnastics.


*** The U.S. women's gymnastics team repeated the feat in 2016 - they were almost ''9 points'' ahead of the second-place team.

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*** The U.S. women's gymnastics team repeated the feat in 2016 (with Raisman and Gabby Douglas returning from 2012) - they were almost ''9 full points'' ahead of the second-place team.team. To put this into perspective, scoring for women's gymnastics usually comes down to the hundredths place ''decimal point''.


** Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina also qualifies. She competed in her ''seventh'' Olympics in 2016 at age 41.[[note]]The Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000, and 2004; Germany in 2008 and 2012; and Uzbekistan again in 2016.[[/note]] While 41 isn't quite grandma-level in most sports, gymnastics is different—the members of the 2016 USA women's team called their captain Aly Raisman "Grandma Aly". ''At age 22''.

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** Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina also qualifies. She competed in her ''seventh'' Olympics in 2016 at age 41.[[note]]The Unified Team in 1992; Uzbekistan in 1996, 2000, and 2004; Germany in 2008 and 2012; and Uzbekistan again in 2016.[[/note]] This was ''after'' [[ActionMom the birth of her son in 1999]], and her supposed "[[TenMinuteRetirement retired]]" post-London 2012. While 41 isn't quite grandma-level in most sports, gymnastics is different—the different— The minimum age for competition is ''16'', and since girls enter puberty earlier than boys, most Olympic female gymnasts are less than 20. The members of the 2016 (gold medal winning!) USA women's team called their captain Aly Raisman "Grandma Aly". ''At age 22''.


*** 158 Muslim women participated in the London Games. There were even more in Rio. In general, Muslim women [[http://muslimwomeninsports.blogspot.com/ can participate in just about any sport]] if [[UsefulNotes/IslamicDress they can cover]]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110616141725/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1046912/Muslim-sprinter-wins-Olympic-sprint-dressed-head-toe-hijab.html This lady was the first to compete in full cover]]. In 2016, the one to watch was fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Muslim woman to compete in full cover. See [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Islamic_Games Women's Islamic Games]]. These badass gals break LawfulStupid cultural restraints along with records, as they're often harassed at practice by men yelling "StayInTheKitchen" and "get behind a man".

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*** 158 Muslim women participated in the London Games. There were even more in Rio. In general, Muslim women [[http://muslimwomeninsports.blogspot.com/ can participate in just about any sport]] if [[UsefulNotes/IslamicDress they can cover]]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110616141725/http://www.dailymail.[[https://www.racked.com/2017/11/8/16612954/athletic-sporty-hijab-nike Sportswear companies now offer specially designed sports hijab]]. [[https://www.express.co.uk/news/article-1046912/Muslim-sprinter-wins-Olympic-sprint-dressed-head-toe-hijab.html This lady uk/news/world/699552/Olympics-sprinter-Kariman-Abuljadayel-hijab-rio-saudi-arabia Ruqaya Al Ghazara was the first to compete in full cover]]. In 2016, the one to watch was fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Muslim woman to compete in full cover. See [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Islamic_Games Women's Islamic Games]]. These badass gals break LawfulStupid cultural restraints along with records, as they're often harassed at practice by men yelling "StayInTheKitchen" and "get behind a man".


** One of the most impressive cases might be the women's Alpine Skiing's Super Giant slalom in Pyeongchang in 2018, where favorite Anna Veith, from Austria, was beaten for 0.01 sec by Ester Ledecka, of the Czech Republic. Granted, Ledecka was a world champion herself...'''but in snowboard'''. Absolutely no one expected her to get a medal, even less a gold one, and all TV channels were caught off guard and missed her winning run - she started once all the favorites had already finished, and most channels had moved on towards other events.

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** One of the most impressive cases might be the women's Alpine Skiing's Super Giant slalom in Pyeongchang in 2018, where favorite Anna Veith, from Austria, was beaten for 0.01 sec by Ester Ledecka, Ledecká, of the Czech Republic. Granted, Ledecka Ledecká was a world champion herself...'''but in snowboard'''. Absolutely no one expected her to get a medal, even less a gold one, and all TV channels were caught off guard and missed her winning run - she started once all the favorites had already finished, and most channels had moved on towards other events.


** Averted by most North American cities, which either used preexisting facilities or had the infrastructure and sports franchises to occupy the facilities long after the Games have ended. For instance, in Atlanta, the Olympic Village became Georgia Tech dormitories, and the Olympic Stadium was designed from the get-go to be reconfigured into Turner Field for UsefulNotes/{{baseball}}'s [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Atlanta Braves]]. After the Braves left Turner Field, Georgia State University in turn acquired the arena and reconfigured it anew for its [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] team Panthers.

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** Averted by most North American cities, which either used preexisting facilities or had the infrastructure and sports franchises to occupy the facilities long after the Games have ended. For instance, in Atlanta, the Olympic Village became Georgia Tech dormitories, and the Olympic Stadium was designed from the get-go to be reconfigured into Turner Field for UsefulNotes/{{baseball}}'s [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Atlanta Braves]]. After the Braves left Turner Field, Georgia State University in turn acquired the arena and reconfigured it anew for its Panthers [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] team Panthers.team.



** London was determined to avert this fate, with its main Olympic Stadium initially designed in such a way that it could easily be converted into a more practical 25,000-seater stadium once the games were over. However, East London's top-flight football/soccer club West Ham United, currently of the UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague, moved in for the 2016-2017 season, the stadium was only downsized to 60,000, and with the athletics track still intact (the lower stands were reconfigured to be movable), London Stadium, as it is now called, was able to host the World Championships in Athletics and its disability counterpart, the World Para Athletics Championships, in 2017.[[note]]As part of the renovation, movable stands were added, allowing optimal configurations for both athletics and football.[[/note]]

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** London was determined to avert this fate, with its main Olympic Stadium initially designed in such a way that it could easily be converted into a more practical 25,000-seater stadium once the games were over. However, East London's top-flight football/soccer club West Ham United, currently of the UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague, moved in for the 2016-2017 season, the stadium was only downsized to 60,000, and with the athletics track still intact (the lower stands were reconfigured to be movable), London Stadium, as it is now called, was able to host the World Championships in Athletics and its disability counterpart, the World Para Athletics Championships, in 2017.[[note]]As part of the renovation, movable stands were added, allowing optimal configurations for both athletics and football.[[/note]]



** In the closing ceremonies, pride of place is given to medals ceremonies for men's marathon at the Summer edition and men's 50-kilometer mass-start cross-country skiing, even when these sports aren't always the very last events held, such as in Rio 2016, which ended with the men's basketball final between USA and Serbia.

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** In the closing ceremonies, pride of place is given to medals ceremonies for men's marathon at the Summer edition and men's 50-kilometer mass-start cross-country skiing, even when these sports aren't always the very last events held, such as in Rio 2016, which ended with the men's basketball final between the USA and Serbia.



* BigBrotherIsWatching: From ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19932_5-creepy-things-london-did-to-prepare-olympics.html Five Creepy Things London Did to Prepare for the Olympics]]. In their defense, they did [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings get bombed by terrorists the day after they won the Games]] and no one wants a repeat of Munich or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Olympic_Park_bombing Atlanta bombing]].

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: From ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19932_5-creepy-things-london-did-to-prepare-olympics.html Five Creepy Things London Did to Prepare for the Olympics]]. In their defense, they did [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings get bombed by terrorists the day after they won the Games]] and no one wants a repeat of Munich or the [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Olympic_Park_bombing Atlanta bombing]].



*** The Marathon event followed the same route as the 1896 event (starting at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon,_Greece the event's namesake city]], in reference to its legendary origin).
*** The Shot Put was held at the ''original'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_at_Olympia Stadium at Olympia]]. At first it was planned to do the Discus, but the old stadium proved to be too small to safely host the event.

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*** The Marathon event followed the same route as the 1896 event (starting at [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon,_Greece the event's namesake city]], in reference to its legendary origin).
*** The Shot Put was held at the ''original'' [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_at_Olympia Stadium at Olympia]]. At first it was planned to do the Discus, but the old stadium proved to be too small to safely host the event.



** Also, in London when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindr Grindr]] crashed as soon as the delegations arrived. Some say it was just because Grindr tends to crash every now and then, or that it was because of the crowd that came in, but one can’t help but wonder...

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** Also, in London when [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindr Grindr]] crashed as soon as the delegations arrived. Some say it was just because Grindr tends to crash every now and then, or that it was because of the crowd that came in, but one can’t help but wonder...



*** 158 Muslim women participated in the London Games. There were even more in Rio. In general, Muslim women [[http://muslimwomeninsports.blogspot.com/ can participate in just about any sport]] if [[UsefulNotes/IslamicDress they can cover]]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110616141725/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1046912/Muslim-sprinter-wins-Olympic-sprint-dressed-head-toe-hijab.html This lady was the first to compete in full cover]]. In 2016, the one to watch was fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Muslim woman to compete in full cover. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Islamic_Games Women's Islamic Games]]. These badass gals break LawfulStupid cultural restraints along with records, as they're often harassed at practice by men yelling "StayInTheKitchen" and "get behind a man".
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_national_bobsled_team The Jamaican Bobsled Team.]]

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*** 158 Muslim women participated in the London Games. There were even more in Rio. In general, Muslim women [[http://muslimwomeninsports.blogspot.com/ can participate in just about any sport]] if [[UsefulNotes/IslamicDress they can cover]]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110616141725/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1046912/Muslim-sprinter-wins-Olympic-sprint-dressed-head-toe-hijab.html This lady was the first to compete in full cover]]. In 2016, the one to watch was fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Muslim woman to compete in full cover. See [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Islamic_Games Women's Islamic Games]]. These badass gals break LawfulStupid cultural restraints along with records, as they're often harassed at practice by men yelling "StayInTheKitchen" and "get behind a man".
** [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_national_bobsled_team The Jamaican Bobsled Team.]]



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stephen_Akhwari Tanzanian athlete John Stephen Akhwari]] fell and dislocated his knee while running the marathon at the 1968 Olympics. After receiving medical attention, Akhwari decided to finish the race, limping into the Olympic stadium long after the other competitors had finished. When asked why he had decided to continue running, Akhwari replied: "My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race."

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** [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stephen_Akhwari Tanzanian athlete John Stephen Akhwari]] fell and dislocated his knee while running the marathon at the 1968 Olympics. After receiving medical attention, Akhwari decided to finish the race, limping into the Olympic stadium long after the other competitors had finished. When asked why he had decided to continue running, Akhwari replied: "My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race."



* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Onishchenko One Boris Onishchenko]], a Ukrainian fencer who was a member of the Soviet Union's modern pentathlon team during the 1976 games, was found to be using an epee that had been tampered with and was disqualified from the fencing event for cheating. The epee was jury-rigged with a remote control device hidden in the hilt. At the press of a button, it would record a hit and electronically transmit it to the scoreboard, even when no hit was genuinely scored. The rigged epee was confiscated by the referee and judges for examination, while Boris went on to win eight of his nine matches without it using an ordinary epee -- thus proving he didn't even need to cheat.

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* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Onishchenko One Boris Onishchenko]], a Ukrainian fencer who was a member of the Soviet Union's modern pentathlon team during the 1976 games, was found to be using an epee that had been tampered with and was disqualified from the fencing event for cheating. The epee was jury-rigged with a remote control device hidden in the hilt. At the press of a button, it would record a hit and electronically transmit it to the scoreboard, even when no hit was genuinely scored. The rigged epee was confiscated by the referee and judges for examination, while Boris went on to win eight of his nine matches without it using an ordinary epee -- thus proving he didn't even need to cheat.



* DownerEnding: The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany were suspended for a day after the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre Munich Massacre]]", during which eleven Israeli Olympic team members and a German police officer were taken hostage and eventually killed by a terrorist group.

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* DownerEnding: The 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany were suspended for a day after the "[[http://en."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre Munich Massacre]]", during which eleven Israeli Olympic team members and a German police officer were taken hostage and eventually killed by a terrorist group.



* GoKartingWithBowser: When rival countries are on bad terms with one another, matches between the two fall under this. US vs. Soviets is the classic example. Taken UpToEleven in the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match "Blood in the Water" match]], a 1956 water polo match between Hungary and the USSR held against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Hungary in that year.

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* GoKartingWithBowser: When rival countries are on bad terms with one another, matches between the two fall under this. US vs. Soviets is the classic example. Taken UpToEleven in the infamous [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match "Blood in the Water" match]], a 1956 water polo match between Hungary and the USSR held against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Hungary in that year.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Olympians_at_the_Olympic_Games The Independent Olympic Athletes]] - A team that consists of athletes with no state to call home, or from states that don't have a recognised National Olympics Committee. By its nature it's made up of [[http://deadspin.com/5930062/there-are-four-olympic-athletes-without-countries-to-represent athletes from all over the more troubled parts of the world]].
** As of the 2016 Summer games, 10 athletes who have been exiled or fled from their countries of origin (five South Sudanese, two Syrians, two from the DR of the Congo and one Ethiopian) will be competing as Team Refugees, which was split off from the IOA to draw attention to the worldwide rise in displaced persons. Like the Independent athletes whose countries lack an Olympic committee, the Refugees' team members will complete under the Olympic flag.

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** [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Olympians_at_the_Olympic_Games The Independent Olympic Athletes]] - A team that consists of athletes with no state to call home, or from states that don't have a recognised National Olympics Committee. By its nature it's made up of [[http://deadspin.com/5930062/there-are-four-olympic-athletes-without-countries-to-represent athletes from all over the more troubled parts of the world]].
** As of In the 2016 Summer games, 10 athletes who have had been exiled or fled from their countries of origin (five South Sudanese, two Syrians, two from the DR of the Congo and one Ethiopian) will be competing competed as Team Refugees, which was split off from the IOA to draw attention to the worldwide rise in displaced persons. Like the Independent athletes whose countries lack an Olympic committee, the Refugees' team members will complete completed under the Olympic flag.

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