The Olympics are a pinnacle of human achievement.
For two weeks every four years we set aside the political, religious, and financial matters that divide us in favor of friendly athletic competition.
Representatives from nations that are at odds run (or swim or bike or ride) side-by-side in contests that result in no lost lives or economic sanctions. Political rivals within a nation can forget about upcoming elections or legislative battles and come together to cheer on their country’s strongest and fastest.
But like all human institutions, the Olympic Games are far from perfect.
There have been plenty of times when participants or organizers have fallen short of Olympic ideals or when ugly politics have imposed themselves on the games.
Here are 11 low points from the history of the Summer Olympics.
Note: This list concerns only the Summer Olympics. Look for a similar list of Winter Olympics lows in 2014.
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1912: The International Olympic Committee strips Jim Thor...