20 Shameless Athletes Who Got Caught Cheating At The Olympic Games

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15. Bertil Sandström

What’s more, a horse was also involved in one of the biggest Olympics scandals of the pre-WWII era. Dressage rider Bertil Sandström looked to have won a third silver medal at Los Angeles 1932 with his horse Kreta. But he was later demoted to bottom place when officials ruled he’d used an illegal clicking method to steer the animal. Sandström subsequently claimed that his polished leather saddle was responsible for the clicking noise. But the jury of appeal wasn’t convinced and the result stood.

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14. Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson certainly wasn’t the only sprinter in the men’s 100m at Seoul 1988 who attempted to cheat the system. Indeed, six of the eight competitors were accused of being drug cheats during their subsequent careers. But as the gold medal winner, the Canadian sprinter was undoubtedly the most high-profile. Johnson’s reign as Olympic champion lasted just three days, when he was found to have taken the illegal steroid stanozolol.

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