Heroes and anti-heroes of the Olympics

Japanese weightlifter from a concentration camp

Skinny asthmatic child named Tamio Kono began his sport (!) Career in a very unlikely place - in a Japanese internment camp in the United States. During World War II, he and his family were evicted from their home in San Francisco and placed in a special settlement (in fact, a concentration camp) in the desert region of California. Three and a half years they lived there in appalling conditions, suffering deprivation and abuse by their "masters". In spite of the bad environment, hot dry air had done its work, and Tamio suddenly cured of asthma, and in addition, became engaged in weightlifting in the local "rocking".
The young man continued to weight lifting, and after the war, becoming with time an indispensable member of the US national team weightlifters. Despite the fact that his family could not leave the camp, Tamio played for the US team, picking up more and more weight. Its unique feature was that Tamio able to widely change their weight - from 67 to 89 kilograms during his career. This enabled him to act in various weight categories, "plugging holes" in the list of athletes. In order to lift the weight, he ate 6 or 7 times a day, and to lose weight, reduce their appetite up to 2-3 times.
The first Olympic medal in the lightweight Tamio won in 1952, in 1956 - in the light, in 1960 - to moderate. During his career he has put seven Olympic and 26 world records. In addition, Tamio Kono was Mr. Universe title holder three times - not bad for a former dohlyaka weighing 47 kilograms.

Darkwing Duck slalom

Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy made very good slalom in 1968 at the Olympics in Grenoble. He left only to show the best result in slalom, so he took the track pretty quickly. His rival, the Austrian Karl Schranz, also started well, but did not reach the finish line stopped. On the questions of the judges, what was the matter, he argued that the middle of the track ran across the road it's a man in black clothes, which is why he could not continue the descent. According to the rules it is considered that on the track at the time of launching the athlete should not be strangers, so Schranz demanded re-start. Repeated descent, he showed a very good result, beating Jean-Claude.
However, after detailed analysis of the situation, the judges decided to give the victory in this match, Jean-Claude, because, as it turned out, Carl missed one of the control points during the passage of the road, then stopped and claimed that on his way there was some stranger. None of the judges did not see strangers on the road, so Schranz was disqualified and medal went to Jean-Claude.
Later, supporters of Jean-Claude claimed that his rival has invented a mythical man in black to hide his error in passing, and Charles, in turn, was confident that the judges of the local, as well as the police, specifically prevented him pass a line, to give winning local athletes.

Lazy skaters

Americans are good at making money, but as far as integrity in sports, as it is no longer impossible. For example, look at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1932. There is a kind of sports - speed skating, where the participants are moving at high speed along a circular path. European athletes are used to move on the rink alone, as is the case at the Games in Vancouver. However, when they arrived at the game in America, it was found that in the process have made adjustments, and now all the athletes will have to start at the same time, ie at the start will be "a lot of small." By the way, this format has now, but only for short distances.
So, all these athletes, including local, American skaters. started the race, the Europeans started the habit is very bad, and tried my best to keep up with the main group. But the interesting thing happened while half the distance of 1,500 meters has already been passed. The judges stopped short competition, made the remarks athletes for "doing nothing", and re-started race. Europeans utterly confused, started even worse, and "honest" Americans have received numerous gold medals, in contrast to the Old World. Here is a fair game.


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