Dumbest Summer Olympic Moments Of All Time
In its humble beginnings, the Olympic games were more like a glorified high school track and field get-together than a respected world event. And it wasn't that unusual for some people to just walk in off the street and sign up to compete in the Olympics, pretty much in the same way you sign up for flag football. So if you thought you'd heard about some dumb Olympic moments before, read on, because these blow the others out of the water.
Greece Gets A Baseball Team By Default
One of the benefits of being a host country in the 2004 games was that Greece automatically got into most of the events without even having to qualify. At least they didn't end up in last place...just second to last.
Eduard Paululum Cut From The Olympics Because Of Breakfast
In 1988, boxer Eduard Paululum was set to be the first athlete to represent his tiny nation of Vanuatu. Unfortunately, he was disqualified at the weigh-in because of the big breakfast he ate that morning. Maybe he should have had oatmeal instead.
Olympic Committee Stopped Making Gold Medals In 1912
The Olympic Committee stopped making solid gold medals in 1912 because gold was too expensive. The current medal is actually mostly silver and just coated with a gold plating, so don't expect to get very much for it at the pawn shop.
Softball Gets the Ax
The Olympic Committee decided that softball would get cut from the roster after the 2008 summer games, but 'race walking' is still around today. Seriously?
America Boycotts The 1980 Olympics In Moscow
In 1980, the United States decided to boycott the Olympic games in Moscow and as retribution, the Soviet Union did the same for the 1984 games in Los Angeles. What did this accomplish in the fight between communist scum and capitalist pigs? Absolutely nothing.
The Olympic Band Improvises Luxembourg's National Anthem
No one expected Luxembourg's Josef Barthel to win the mens 1500 meter in 1952, so the band didn't even bother learning his country's national anthem. When he went on to win, the band hurriedly improvised one on the spot, resulting in one of the most awkward moments in Olympic history.
Brazil Tries To Pay Their Way By Selling Coffee
Brazil really wanted to send their athletes to the 1932 Olympics games, but they couldn't afford it, so they gave their athletes 50,000 lbs. of coffee beans they could sell to pay for the trip. Unfortunately for the team, the idea of coffee culture was still decades away.
Basketball Was Played In the Mud
Basketball made its first official appearance in the 1936 Olympics, where it was played outdoors and on a court. Unfortunately, it rained during the last game which turned the court into muddy slush, but the United States still beat the Canadians 19-8.
Felix Carvajal Loses The Olympic Marathon Race Because Of An Apple
Felix Carvajal did what we only think about doing. He gave up his stupid government job to chase his impossible dream. Carvajal paid for the trip by running around the town square asking for donations, only to lose all his money in a game of dice in New Orleans. At 5'1" he did surprisingly well and may have even won the race if he hadn't stopped to eat an apple, which then gave him terrible stomach cramps. Carvajal eventually came in fourth place, ruining his chance to be played by Tobey Maguire in a movie about his life.