Dishonest on the Olympics looks like it’s been round so long as the Video games, and that’s comprehensible contemplating how essential the occasion is to athletes who solely get to shine each 4 years. There have been loads of particular person perpetrators — Marion Jones, Michael Johnson, and many others.
Nonetheless, no nation has made a idiot out of the IOC greater than mom Russia. They had been uncovered for mainly working a Pink Room for his or her athletes, with Russians trying like yoked-out Black Widows on the uneven bars, and in some way nonetheless sending a contingent each two years. I believed for positive we’d get a break from them through the ensuing Video games.
Nope. Didn’t occur. They had been rebranded because the Russian Olympic Committee, or ROC on the medal leaderboards, and tallied 71 podiums on the 2022 Winter Olympics, third most total and good for fifth within the ultimate standings. Determine skater Kamila Valieva maybe finest encapsulates how dominant the nation may be when using its win-by-all-means ways.
The 16-year-old prodigy helped Russia win the staff occasion on the 2022 Video games solely to check optimistic for a banned substance. Nonetheless, she faltered in her particular person program, and was seen after crying as her coach concurrently shunned/yelled at her. The Russians are fucked up on so many ranges, nevertheless it’s onerous to argue with the outcomes.