5 Summer Olympics Scandals That Have Already Made Headlines

Jill Baughman | Jul 28, 2012 Good News

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Olympic Tower
It's only natural to expect some crazy news to come out about certain athletes (and politicians) before an event such as the Olympics, in which so many famous folks are competing on the world stage. But I didn't really expect this much insanity before the Opening Ceremonies even aired!

Now that the incredible Opening Ceremonies have come and gone, it's been interesting to think of everything that's happened already. Can't even begin to imagine what's going to take place during these next two weeks, but I for one will be sure to tune in.

From athletes' sexcapades to a Mitt Romney gaffe to drug testing to an athlete getting booted for a Tweet, let's take a look back after watching the Opening Ceremonies last Friday night to the headline-making scandals leading up to the Big Games. Because ... why not!

Will President Obama jump on the Mitt Romney mistake? Will the Olympics be able to fly the correct flags during the medal ceremonies? Will Voula Papachristou make crazy, ridiculous criticisms about the Games on Twitter? I certainly can't wait to find out! After remembering what's happened already, I'm so pumped for these next two weeks to see the next big headline.

Which of these scandals were you most interested in?


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  • Mitt Romney's Blunder


    Mitt Romney made a big "oops!" right before the Opening Ceremonies asking whether London was capable of staging a successful Games. He said: "There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials -- that obviously is not something which is encouraging."

    "Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? ... That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin."

    So it seems that not only do athletes have to worry about making headlines, politicans do as well! Though I'm sure Obama is pretty happy about this one.

  • Hope Solo Drug Test


    Hope Solo, the US women's soccer goalkeeper, made headlines before the Opening Ceremonies because she took a diuretic that was on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's banned subtances list. Luckily, we'll see her get to play, as she only got a warning instead of getting suspended. Wouldn't be a big sporting event without a drug scandal or two!

  • Olympians Gone Wild


    Do we really want to know what's going on with the athletes in London right now? Not according to The Secret Olympian, a book that described how the Olympic Village is full of sex, drugs, and booze after the sun goes down. Sounds like the makings of an awesome new reality show, doesn't it?

  • Athlete Kicked Out of Olympics After Tweeting


    This was history-making: Voula Papachristou, a Greek triple-jumper, was kicked out of the Olympics for writing a tasteless, "joking" Tweet. It said, "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting their home food!!!" Who knew 140 characters or less could ruin your lifelong dream at Olympic glory?

  • Korean Flag Mistake


    In a huge "whoops!!", Olympic organizers accidentally displayed the South Korean flag when introducing North Korean players before a soccer game Wednesday night. As a Korean, I can't tell you how monumental this was, and the North Koreans are super angry. Let's hope this doesn't happen when the medals are being rewarded!

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