Sochi Watch: A Look at 20 Years of Olympic Controversy

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Photo courtesy of Antonio Villani, licensed through Flickr Via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Antonio Villani, licensed through Flickr Via Creative Commons

Anyone who’s been paying any attention to the developments around the 2014 Winter Olympics has almost undoubtedly heard some bad things about the International Olympic Committee. If not the IOC, then ire easily found on Twitter, in newsfeeds, or from the athletes themselves has been heaped on the host county — Russia.

Sochi may not have been the best site for the Winter Olympics. Over the last two weeks we’ve heard reports of privacy-deprived bathrooms, unfinished lodgings, and “hotel water you shouldn’t put on your face.” Oh, and for the internationally savvy, yes, Russia did take some flack from NATO for expanding into Sochi, which sits on the uneasy fluid border between Russia and Georgia.

Lost in the volume is the fact that controversy and the Olympics go together as well as sports and competition. From Norway to Nagano, and Turin to Torino, the last twenty years of Winter Olympics have been rife with aspects that haven’t gone so well. In the spirit of history, here’s some of the most memorable Olympic controversies.

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