The Olympic Games are consistently astounding and filled with high drama, not just because the athletes are paragons of human physical and mental capability, but because the competition has a bit of a dark side. Examining the worst crimes committed at the Olympics helps us peel back the thin veneer of gold surrounding the event and reveal the truth underneath.
And it goes beyond how the Olympics typically bankrupt host countries, or how often athletes are caught cheating. Over the decades, myriad scandals have almost ruined the Olympics, from terrorist bombings to regular doping accusations. Out of the scores of Olympic crimes committed, there are a few that truly stand out as some of the worst things that have ever happened at the Olympics.
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Countless Students Died Protesting Mexico’s Corrupt Government At The 1968 Olympic Games