Lost Olympic medals



When it comes time for the Olympic Games, many people put off all their business and pay attention to the competition of athletes in their favorite sports. It does not matter even – Summer competition or Winter, they always cause a lot of interest.

The most popular winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 gathered 204 million viewers. Since the fifth century, when the competition originated in Greece, much has changed, probably the Hellenes and did not anticipate the possibility of competitions in the snow. Although there were new sports, the Olympics always assumed the most severe competition.


In triathlon and weightlifting, swimming or gymnastics – we want to see representatives of our country on the podium with a cherished medal. It seems that athletes are ready to give everything for the sake of the desired victory, especially since now the state generously presents financially its successful representatives.

In the history of the Olympics, there were many cases when athletes lost their medals, as they violated the rules. Let’s talk about the ten most famous such stories.

Lost Olympic medals

Ben Johnson.

The famous runner was born in Jamaica, but during the Olympic Games he represented Canada, where he emigrated in the 1970s. When Ben lived in Ontario, he met Charlie Francis, who became Johnson’s trainer in track and field. The first success for a black athlete came in 1982, when he won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

It was not surprising that Johnson joined the national Olympic team in 1984. At the summer Olympics, then Ben won two bronze medals, one of which in the relay 4 to 100 meters. The first gold in major competitions submitted to the runner in 1986, at the Goodwill Games. Johnson received recognition in his second homeland, beating many records set by Canadians.

Johnson’s entire career was rivaled by another great runner, Carl Lewis. Many considered the results shown by them to be so phenomenal that it was simply impossible without the use of doping or drugs. At the 1988 Olympics, rivalry reached its limits. The whole world froze in anticipation of the duel of the two greatest runners – the Olympic champion and world record holder. In the preliminary race, Lewis came to the finish line first, but Johnson triumphed in the finals.

But the joy of gold was short-lived – only 3 days later the triumphant failed to undergo doping control – an anabolic steroid was found in his urine. Johnson was suspended from sports competitions, and his medal was transferred to Lewis. Ben tried to return to athletics in 1991, and even won several competitions. However, after another scandal with doping ended his career, as he received a lifetime disqualification.

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Olga Medvedtseva (Pyleva).

This sportswoman was born in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia. Initially, she chose a skier’s career, but in 2000, at the age of 25, decided to go to biathlon. In the same year she won her first medal at the world championships – in the relay race 4 to 7.5 kilometers. The following year brought her another gold medal in the championship, and again in the relay.

Career Medvedtseva as a biathlete has developed rapidly, at the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, Olga managed to win gold and silver. For the 2006 Olympics in Turin Medvedtseva was in the status of the top athlete, a real contender for medals. And she did not deceive the fans by winning a silver medal in the individual 15 km race. However, in her body was found a stimulant – carphedon. As a result, her medal went to the German Glago, and Olga herself was suspended from the competition for 2 years.

The original Russian Anti-Doping Committee tried to challenge this decision, relying on the fact that the drug was prescribed to treat an ankle injury. Although the truth of this statement was proved, but the verdict has not changed.The fault was the manufacturer, who did not indicate the complete list of substances in the medicine and the doctor, who did not agree to receive the funds with the team’s specialists. However, Olga found the strength to return to the big sport – at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 she won gold in the relay 4 to 6 kilometers.

Lost Olympic medals

Andrea Reducan.

This gymnast was born in Romania. At the age of 12 many celebrated her talent – she possessed all the skills of the future great athlete, performing complex jumps and tricks. In 1998, the Romanian won her first serious medal – silver on a log at the children’s European Championships. And a year later she received team gold and individual silver at the World Championships in Tianjin. In 2000, at the World Championships, she again did not remain without medals.

For the 2000 Olympics, the Reducan approached the status of one of the favorites. However, the competitions themselves were marked by scandals. The equipment was incorrectly installed, which caused injuries to many athletes. But the Romanian was able to win not only in the exercises on the horse, but to win team gold and silver in the base jump. Soon another scandal erupted – the tests of the Reducan gave a positive result to pseudoephedrine. This stimulant can also act as a decongestant. The coach said that he gave pills to bring down the heat from the athlete.

Radakan herself stated that the medicine became worse for her, and they did not help her in any way. As a result, the Romanian was deprived of gold for exercises on the horse, but left two other medals, as the tests after those competitions showed the “purity” of the athlete. In 2001, the athlete managed to flash at the Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Ghent, winning several personal medals and gold with the team. Today Andrea works as a sports commentator. Hans-Gunnar Lillenwal.

The athlete was born on July 9, 1941 in Sweden. In order to become a pentathlete, he had to train literally throughout the country. Hans-Gunnar’s independent career never stood out, but in a company with strong rivals he showed good results. At the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, the Swede was able to reach the third place in the ranking of athletes.

анти The 1968 Olympic Games introduced anti-doping rules. And then the first “victim” appeared. It was Hans-Gunnar, who led his team. As a result, Sweden had to return the bronze, as its representative – Lillenwal was banally drunk – doping control found in his blood alcohol. The athlete was not only disqualified, but also entered the history of the Olympics as the first athlete convicted of taking prohibited substances.

Sam Hans-Gunnar admitted that he used alcohol. He drank two glasses of beer to calm his nerves in a pause between rounds of competitions. Today it sounds slightly insane that the athlete was disqualified for drinking beer only, while 14 other athletes used tranquilizers and were not punished, since these substances were not banned at that time.

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Rashid Ramzi.

For many years, Rashid Ramzi represented Bahrain at the Olympic Games. The athlete took part in the races for 800, 1500 and 5000 meters. The well-known sportsman received recognition even before his disqualification. At first Ramzi participated in competitions in Morocco, but in 2002 he got into the army and took the citizenship of Bahrain.

The first success for the runner came in 2002 at the Asian Games in Busan, where he won a 1500 meter race. Three years later, Ramzi won the World Championships in Helsinki at 800 and 1500 meters. This made Rashid the main candidate to win at such distances. Not surprisingly, Ramzi was qualified to perform at the Olympics.

His first and possibly last appearance at the competitions of this level was held in Beijing in 2008. There he won gold in the 1500 meter race.However, the joy was not long, in April 2009, the Olympic Committee of Bahrain said that in the blood of the runner found traces of CERA, substances that artificially improves blood circulation. Both blood samples showed a positive result. The gold Olympic medal was immediately selected, and the athlete’s career has not yet been resumed.

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Marion Jones.

This American athlete experienced the biggest disappointment of everyone on this list, but it was completely her fault. The flourishing of her career was very successful. The first victory came to an athlete in college. The first notable success was the victory on the hundred-meter mark in the championship of California. Already at such a young age, Jones was charged with the use of doping, but thanks to lawyers, the claims were swept aside.

Already at 17, Marion was invited to participate in the selection for the Olympics, but she decided to refuse. The athlete also shone in student basketball, but after the injury in 1996 she could not get to the Olympics, which was the reason to switch only to athletics career. In 1997, Jones performed at the World Championships in Athens, where she won gold on the hundred-meter mark and only 10th place in the long jump. 1998 and 1999 brought the athlete a whole scattering of medals.

On the eve of the 2000 Olympics, the American announced her desire to win five gold medals at once in all disciplines in which she would take part. As a result, it was possible to win three medals of the highest dignity and two bronze medals. But a successful career suddenly cracked. It turned out that the husband of an athlete, CJ Hunter during the same Olympics was removed from the competition for the use of doping. The investigation showed that Jones herself was taking illegal drugs.

Marriage athlete fell apart, and she had to abandon all medals won since that time. Followed a series of trials, an American was accused of fraud, perjury. In 2007, she officially admitted to taking doping, and in 2008 she even received six months in prison for her activities. Now the woman has returned to the former hobby – game in basketball in female American league.

Lost Olympic medals

Ara Abrahamyan.

Ara began to engage in Greco-Roman wrestling at the age of 8 in Armenia. He was able to become a three-time national champion among juniors. In 1994, he went to Stockholm to participate in competitions, but eventually stayed in this country, entering her team. The first participation of the athlete at the Olympics refers to 2000, Ara took 6th place. But the following year he won silver at the European Championships and gold at the World Championships. His last major success came at the 2002 World Cup in Russia, where he became the champion.

Unlike some other athletes on this list, Abrahamyan was not caught using illegal means. He did not use steroids to increase his strength. Speaking at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Abramyan was emotionally opposed to the tough conduct of his opponents’ struggle. When he received his bronze medal, Ara threw her on the ground in protest against the corruption of the judges. For this IOC decided to leave the athlete without a medal and impose a disqualification. The sportsman started to sue for his rights, in 2009 the disqualification was canceled, but the won Abrahamyan’s award was never returned.

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Ludmila Blonskaya.

Some athletes get their share of fame through such scandalous stories. Ukrainka Ludmila Blonskaya is just one of them. Lyudmila successfully performed in long jump and pentathlon. From 5 to 10 years she managed to exercise gymnastics and basketball, cycling and judo, and from the age of 14 gave all her strength to athletics.

At the age of 16 she appeared at the Ukrainian Junior Championship, having won silver in the Heptathlon. Since 1995, she moved to Kiev, where her career has reached a new level. Lyudmila graduated from the university, became a teacher of physical education and a coach. In 2000, the girl got married, giving birth to a child next year.

It would seem that after such twists of fate, it will be unreal to return to the big sport, but Blonskaya tried to do it. She won in 2002 the national championship and got to the European Championships in Munich, but could not flash there. As a result, only 13th place, and soon the positive result of a doping test also came. Lyudmila calving was appealing this, but she simply did not find money for appeals and lawyers. She gave birth to a child again and returned to the sport.

In 2005, Blonskaya took first place at the Universiade in Turkey, although at the 2006 European Championships, there were no medals. Before the 2008 Olympics, Lyudmila won a number of victories in major competitions. Beijing brought her silver in the heptathlon, but Blonskaya was again caught in doping. Since this violation was already repeated, the athlete was disqualified for life, and the medal was taken away. Alain Baxter.

This athlete is one of the most successful and famous Scottish skiers. The greatest success he achieved in the slalom. Both Alain’s parents were members of the British ski team, so the genes definitely played a role. In 1991, Baxter joined the England team, although at that time he was only 16 years old. Despite such a young age, Alain was able to beat some records and establish his own. However, the 2002 Olympics proved to be successful, and failed simultaneously for the British skier.

Baxter was able in 2002 to become the first skier from the UK to win a medal in this sport. To prove everyone’s joy for his bronze medal, Baxter dyed his hair in the colors of the Scottish flag, which led to a protest by the British Olympic Committee. After all the sportsman represented this kingdom, instead of the native Scotland. Despite the removal of the paint, the colors are so distinct. Alain returned home, where he was stormily greeted by fans. However, it soon turned out that a small amount of methamphetamine was found in the athlete’s blood.

The IOC disqualified the athlete and took the medal he had won. It turned out that the banned substance was contained in a nasal inhaler, which treated Alain. Unfortunately, the medicine made in the US had other components, which was the basis of the sport tragedy. IOC took note of these arguments, limiting the disqualification to only three months, but the medal was never returned. Baxter returned to the sport, completing his career in 2009. During his last descent, he rode in a Scottish kilt and drank whiskey.

Lost Olympic medals

Jim Thorpe.

This athlete is truly legendary. The American was born in 1888. It seemed that success accompanies him in all kinds of sports in which he took part. Legends say that the beginning of his career was laid in 1907, when the young man cleaned the stadium. He easily conquered the bar, which showed the best result of the day for high jumpers. A young talent was noticed by the coach. In addition to athletics Jeep was engaged professionally and football. In 1909, Jim disappeared from sight, it was believed that he simply earned money somewhere.

However, the coaches found him, and Thorpe himself easily qualified for the 1912 Olympics. In Stockholm he took part in the pentathlon and decathlon. Then it was new sports, but Jim did well with them. He also took part in the long jump and the height. Thorpe managed to win gold in the pentathlon, but in jumps it was not possible to win the prize place, though the competitions were held on the same day. And in the decathlon, Thorpe was not equal. The athlete received the award from the hand of King Gustav V, who called him the greatest athlete in the world.

But just a year later, unpleasant facts for the triumphant surfaced on the surface. One of the reporters found the name of Thorpe in a baseball reference book for 1910. It turned out that at this time he earned money as a professional, which was prohibited by the rules of the Amateur Athletic Union.Although the earnings of the athlete was scanty, he was instantly deprived of all his Olympic awards. Unfortunately, Thorpe’s fault was proven.

The practice of earning money-loving athletes was then generally accepted, but they used pseudonyms for these purposes. Thorp sadly said that, depriving him of medals, the IOC could not deprive the athlete of the words of the king. In 1982, the verdict was revised and commemorative medals were returned to the children of the athlete. The great sportsman suffered because of his love for the sport. He was short of five and decathlon, there was little athletics and football.



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