Biggest Olympic scandals of all time

POSTED: 11:57 AM PST Feb 21, 2014    UPDATED: 01:12 PM PST Feb 21, 2014 

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova, the 17-year-old who was not seen as a contender to medal at Sochi, beat out the favorite Yuna Kim of South Korea for the gold medal in women's singles figure skating in a decision that is now mired in controversy. But the Olympic Games are no stranger to scandal. Take a look at the biggest Olympic scandals of all time.

OTD January 6 - Nancy Kerrigan
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Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding. In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee during a practice round on the eve of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Mich. She was forced to drop out of the competition, which Tonya Harding won two days later. Harding would end up finishing eighth at the 1994 Winter Olympics, behind Kerrigan, who won silver. The U.S. Figure Skating Association would later strip Harding of the U.S. title after authorities found that she had failed to prevent the assault, which was planned by her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, and conducted by Shane Stant. Harding ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to hinder prosecution of the attackers. Gillooly, Eckhardt and Stant all served time in prison for the attack.

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