Biggest Olympic scandals of all time

POSTED: 11:57 AM PST Feb 21, 2014    UPDATED: 08:14 AM PDT Jul 21, 2016 

With Russian track and field athletes losing their appeal Thursday to compete in the Rio Games amid allegations of a culture of state-sponsored doping, take a look at some other controversial and shocking moments in Olympic history.

Olympic scandals - 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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