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Five instances when passion and emotions got the better of Olympians!

  • The Olympic games is the ultimate prize for any sportsman, but sometimes the passion and expectation gets to athletes.
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Fred Lorz cheated his way to victory in the 1904 Games

The Olympics, undoubtedly, is the Holy Grail for all athletes hence we all understand and respect that it involves a lot of dedication, hard work, perseverance, passion, pride and a whole lot emotions. Here we take a look at five such instances from the history of the games when passion and emotions got the better of Olympians.

#5 Fred Lorz (1904 St Louis Games)

American marathon runner Fred Lorz finished first, or so they thought in the 1904 St Louis Olympic games, only to be later revealed that he had stopped running during the course and had taken a ride in his manager’s car. Although he did run the initial 14 km and the last stretch, he had travelled more than half of the course (17km) in the comfort of a car.

Talk about strong manager-player relationship! After he admitted to the deception he was banned for life, his ban was lifted when he apologised for his not so sporting behaviour. The gold was given to fellow deserving American, Tom Hick.

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