Biggest Olympic scandals of all time

POSTED: 11:57 AM PST Feb 21, 2014    UPDATED: 02:29 PM PDT Aug 05, 2016 

Thanks to the doping scandal involving Russian athletes, the Rio Games are already guaranteed to earn a spot in the long list of 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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