3 /10 Margaret De Jesus

If you thought the story with the mysterious identical twin only works in soap operas, you haven’t heard of Margaret de Jesus yet. She was a track and field athlete from Puerto Rico who took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

She was injured in the long jump event and couldn’t take part in the 4×400 meter relay. Luckily, her twin sister Madeline was also an athlete taking part in the competition.

Margaret had Madeline take her place, and although their team did well in the qualifiers, the Puerto Rican team manager pulled them off from the finals, fearing a scandal.

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2 /10 Ortrun Enderlein

This scandal dates back to the Cold War era. It happened in 1968 at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble.

The East German women’s luge team found itself in hot waters after discovering the girl’s impressive performance was based on a smart trick, heating the rails of their sleds right before the competition started.

This way, the snow melted under the rails, reducing friction and giving the East German athletes a clear advantage. The team’s star Ortrun Enderlein and two other team members were disqualified.

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1 /10 Tatyana Lysenko

Tatyana Lysenko is another Russian athlete caught cheating in international competitions these past few years, a scandal that led to the Russian delegation being banned from the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Lysenko tested positive after winning the hammer throw event in the 2012 Olympics and was forced to relinquish her medal.


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