6 /10 Frederick Lodz
Such a story would not be possible in today’s world where cameras monitor every moment of a sporting event, but you have to give this Frederick Lodz guy credit for creativity.
During the 1904 Summer Olympics in Saint-Louis, Lodz took part in the marathon but got tired after some nine miles and jumped into his manager’s car, who drove him for the next 11 miles.
At this point, Lodz got out and walked the rest of the way, being the first one to cross the finish line.
He was forced to admit to cheating, and the medal went to Thomas Hicks, who was using strychnine to boost his endurance and, being very toxic, almost killed him. Fun times!
5 /10 Tonya Harding
One of the biggest scandals in sports history. It happened before the 1994 Olympics. Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by an unknown assailant who tried to break her legs.
It was not a random attack. The whole thing was planned by Nancy’s main rival Tonya Harding. It was Harding’s husband who hired the guys that attacked Nancy.
She was lucky to get away with just a severe bruise and went on with her highly-successful career. Tonya Harding entered a plea deal to avoid jail, but the scandal put an end to her skating career.
4 /10 Adelina Sotnikova
Yet another scandal in the highly-competitive figure skating field. This time it’s about a Russian star skater, Adelina Sotnikova. She won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympics, but it later surfaced the voting was rigged.
Multiple experts and former champions came forth to voice their dismay, claiming it was apparent some of the judges on the panel gave Adelina way more significant scores than her performance deserved.
Since no one could prove the charges, the Russian figure skater got to keep her medal.