The most unusual Olympians



The Olympics invariably attract attention. It involves thousands of athletes. After all, this is an opportunity not only to win a coveted medal, but simply to prove oneself. For each Olympian many cameras are aimed, they are worried about, they are discussed. Sometimes athletes are quite unusual, as will be discussed below.

The most unusual Olympians


Sarah Attar (Saudi Arabia).

This athlete athlete represented her country in London in 2012. Sharia law in force in Saudi Arabia does not allow women to drive, to appear alone on the street or to open their face in a public place. The same rules prohibit a weak sex in the Olympic Games, which seems quite logical. However, the IOC could not tolerate such an injustice to the last, threatening to completely excommunicate Saudi Arabia from participating in the Olympics. The fact is that there is sexual discrimination. Sheikhs were forced to send women to London in a hurry. So far, the country has limited itself to only two participants – track and field athlete Sarah Attar and judoka Vodjan Shahrkhani. Obviously, these girls will not be so scared together on the street. However, the authorities ordered the athletes to perform in loose clothes, which would not fit tightly to the figure, preserving dignity. The heads of women should be covered with special sports hijabs.

The most unusual Olympians

Eric Mussambani (Equatorial Guinea).

Who would have thought that Equatorial Guinea would become the birthplace of an Olympic swimmer? Eric Musambani spoke at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Surprisingly, the qualification, in which he competed with athletes from Algeria and Tajikistan, suddenly turned into a spectacular performance. Eric did not see a competitor, but rivals were disqualified for synchronous false start. As a result, a colorful Guinean man, only a year ago, generally learned to swim, unhurriedly began to conquer a distance of 100 meters alone. It was very difficult for him. The last 15 meters of solo swimmers kept the pool rescue service at extreme pressure. After all, Eric sailed as if he were facing a huge wave. It seemed that he would not be able to reach the border himself. The African said: “100 meters is too long a distance, but I still managed to overcome it.” Today, Moussambani led the national team of his country in swimming. He managed to improve his result almost for a minute, from 1.52 to 57 seconds, but he did not have a second chance at the Olympics. Matthew Mitcham (Australia).

Struggle of jumpers in the water is always very hard. Few have succeeded in surpassing the robot-like Chinese. In Beijing in 2008, the Australian Mitch won a sensational victory, defeating Zhou Lucin only at the expense of the last jump. But in history, the athlete also came in thanks to his sensational confession, stretched out of him by the Australian tabloid on the eve of the Games. Mitcham confessed his unconventional sexual orientation. A specialized American publication has studied this side of the Olympics in Beijing. It turned out that in addition to Matthew, his unconventional orientation was opened by 9 more female athletes. Recognition of Mitchem scared off his sponsors, who valued their reputation, and the fans remained with broken hearts. But the athlete himself was not at all embarrassed by such glory. In 2010, he even spoke at the traditional, already eighth in the count gay games in Cologne, where he read the oath of athletes. Having healed his physical injuries, Matthew performed at the London Olympics. Another well-known gay sportsman was Olympic champion Greg Luganis, who also jumped into the water. He confessed his sexual preferences after the end of his career. Another interesting story connected with it. Greg jumped into the pool with a broken head, while he was HIV-infected. But the fact of his illness, Luganis concealed, which later asked for forgiveness.

The most unusual Olympians

Jeffrey Bolkiah (Brunei).

Cases where royal bloods are involved in the Olympics are quite common.Jeffrey came to Atlanta in 1996, being the Minister of Finance of his country. This playboy also had “blue blood”, because his elder brother was the sultan of Brunei. Only in the shooting shooting this Olympian was not particularly sophisticated. And whether he should have it, because the sportsman’s home was waiting for a car park for fifteen hundred cars, a hangar with dozens of aircraft and a personal harem with thirty women. Nevertheless, the prince managed to take the 49th place, which was not the last. Two unnecessary hits helped to avoid a complete failure. Perhaps it helped in this expensive jewel inlaid with precious stones. In two years, one of the richest people in the world hastily left all their posts and left Brunei – he was accused of embezzlement of the treasury. On the continuation of the career of the Olympian speech is no longer there.

The most unusual Olympians

Ip Chih Va (Hong Kong).

Fragile girls-gymnasts are no longer surprising. But in swimming 11-year-old Hong Kong schoolgirl looked particularly vulnerable. Indeed, next to her powerful 80-kilogram rivals from Mexico and Iceland looked especially threatening. Ip Chih Wah appeared at the Athens Olympics in 2004. At the same time the brass technique of a young athlete for a hundred meters of the distance varied from freestyle to butterfly. The final part of the distance passed under the sign of movements, more like synchronous swimming. Despite this, in the preliminary swim, the girl was able to overtake the mighty Iceland Heimisdottir, who was taller by 25 centimeters and weighed more by the same kilogram. Randolph Knowles (Bahamas).

In 1988, a yachtsman from the Bahamas performed at his eighth Olympiad. For the first time he took part in such competitions in 1948 in London. For sailing, this man became a legend. At 30 he went under British sails, and then moved to the Bahamas, for which he performed at the next 7 Olympics. In 1956, Knowles won the bronze of Melbourne, eight years later he became the champion in Tokyo. In Seoul, the 70-year-old sportsman said goodbye to sports. His partner was the 33-year-old Stephen Kelly, who was good for Knowles in his grandchildren. A glorious seven-day bout on the waves of the Gulf of Korea brought the athletes only 19th place.

The most unusual Olympians

Custer Semenya (South Africa).

Doping scandals at the Olympics are already boring everyone, but gender is still a novelty. Long before the appearance on the racetrack scandalous athlete from South Africa athletics knew such cases. In the mid-1930s in the sprint there were no equal Polish runners Stanislav Valashevich. Even after her death, her male sexual characteristics were revealed. Another polka, Eva Klobukovska, in the 60’s was deprived of all awards, as she did not pass a gender test. The shadow of suspicion lies with the athletes who have already finished their careers – Soviet athletes Irina and Tamara Press, Jarmila Kratochvilova from Czechoslovakia, Spaniard Maria Patino. In 2010, Custer Semenya easily won the World Cup, but her sex came under suspicion. Fortunately, an athlete from South Africa managed to prove that she is a woman, which was officially recognized. But even the performed operation, knocked down artificially the level of testosterone, the woman’s rounded figure does not save the runner from the increased attention to her person in London in 2012.

The most unusual Olympians

Edinanci Fernández da Silva (Brazil).

This Brazilian arrived at the age of 19 at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Two years earlier, the girl underwent an operation to change the sex. A full-fledged male da Silva never was, but before the surgical intervention of the male chromosomes there was more in the body. Because of this, the International Judo Federation did not allow the athlete to participate in official competitions among women. After Atlanta athlete participated in three more games. In Beijing, she almost reached the podium, becoming the fifth. It is interesting that the habits of a past life in Da Silva have been preserved. So, she does not use makeup or women’s clothes.Even putting on his tatami rival, the Brazilian gallantly gives her hand, helping to rise.

The most unusual Olympians

Oscar Pistorius (South Africa).

It would seem that for athletes with disabilities there are special Paralympic Games. But this athlete from South Africa decided to get the right to compete with ordinary people. He had to do it pretty hard. Oskar does not have legs, he had to prove that his carbon dentures do not give a technical advantage. Although to fully assure the federation of track and field athletics and the IOC has not been able to, Pistorius received a welcome pass for the Olympics in London in 2012. Among the opponents of the participation of this disabled sportsman was the famous Michael Jordan. He said that it is not yet known whether Oskar will get an advantage due to its prostheses. Therefore, it would be dishonest on the part of an athlete to participate in regular competitions. Jordan stressed that his position could become incomprehensible to many, but he brought it to Pistorius. In London, the disabled runner will run the 4 to 400 meter baton. It is interesting that the South African will not be the only athletes who previously participated in the Paralympic Games. In the same London at the distance will Irish sprinter Jason Smith, who suffers from poor vision. It is worth mentioning and other brave athletes, who are injured not previously prevented to take part in the Olympics. In Beijing, the swimmer and South Africa Natalie Du Tua, who does not have a part of her left leg, and the Polish tennis player Natalia Partyka, who at birth lacks part of the right arm below the elbow, took part in Beijing. In Sydney, the audience was ill for the blind American runner Marl Ryan, in Atlanta, an Italian archer Paola Fantato with poliomyelitis participated, in the same sport in Los Angeles, tried to prove himself a New Zealander Neroli Fairhall with leg paralysis.

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Oliver Halashshi (Hungary).

When Oliver was hit by a car as a child and Hungarian doctors amputated part of his leg below his knee, no one expected a glorious sports career. However, Halashshi was very keen on swimming. Despite his physical defect, he swam a few kilometers upstream Dunya every day and back. Love for this sport brought Oliver 25 titles of the Hungarian Champion. Twice Halashshi won medals of the Olympics in the national water polo team, in 1928 he won silver in Amsterdam, and in 4 years in Los Angeles – gold. The fate of the famous Hungarian swimmer in our country preferred not to spread. The fact is that he died at 38 years old from the bullet of a Soviet soldier. Hungarian tried to protect his father’s car from military looters. In those days, the Paralympic Games were not held, so athletes with disabilities could participate only in regular competitions. In the history there are a lot of names of Olympic prize-winners with physical defects. So, the American gymnast George Eiser had a prosthesis instead of a leg, the New Zealand stayer Murray Halbert ran with a hand paralyzed after a rugby injury, and the Hungarian shooter Kara Takach managed to learn after shooting his right hand to shoot left.

The most unusual Olympians

Assunta Legenate (Italy).

Back in 2004, the Olympic debut of the magnificent Italian was to take place. However, doctors did not let the athlete to Athens, prevented by congenital glaucoma and high intraocular pressure. But to the games in Beijing in 2008, Italian doctors were trained. There the pusher of the nucleus became only the 19th. After that, Assunta’s sight began to deteriorate sharply. The operation that followed in 2010 proved unsuccessful. If before the Italian could act in lenses, now she completely lost her sight. She herself says that the left eye can perceive the light, nothing more. The happened Legende accepted, after all according to her words things happen to the people and more terrible. Now she is preparing for the Paralympic Games in London. Here the Italian is the main favorite. And this despite that.That for 4 past difficult years its result has considerably worsened – from 19 to 13 meters. I must say that in the same sport plans to speak and the German Ilku Villuda. The legendary sportswoman became the Olympic champion in Atlanta in 1996, and in Sydney became the 7th. Now she’s going to switch from throwing the disk to the kernel. At one time the sportswoman suffered an unsuccessful operation on her knee and lost her legs due to infection of blood. The German can become the first to become a champion among both ordinary athletes and disabled people.

The most unusual Olympians


Cathy Freeman (Australia).

Australia made a furore in Sydney in 2000. The athlete became the heroine of the home Olympics even before her historic victory at the 400-meter mark. Freeman is a descendant of the real Aborigines. She attracted the public’s attention also with her cosmic exotic costume with an indispensable hood. As a result, the broadcast of the final race with the participation of Freeman collected the largest audience for the entire time of the National Aboriginal Television of Australia. TV sets were set up even in the most remote corners of the continent, where the natives still live by fishing and hunting, not knowing English. But how not to cheer for “your” representative at the Olympics?



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