Dumbest Moments in Olympics History

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While the Olympic games are filled with the ecstasy of victory and the tragedy of defeat, they can also be filled with dumb actions. Stupid moves by athletes that will live on in history as dumb Olympic moments. Here are five of the dumbest Olympic moments:

Seoul, South Korea, 1988

As in many Olympics, there are questionable decisions in the judging of boxing bouts. In the 1988 Seoul Games, a South Korean boxer lost a bout after being penalized for head-butting his Bulgarian opponent. His coaches and security men (and even Korean Olympic officials) rushed into the ring, all furiously attacking the judge they felt was responsible for the decision.

Montreal, Canada, 1976

The Soviet fencer seemed to be winning all of his matches almost from the moment they started. Officials confiscated his sword and found it wired with a circuit breaker that allowed him to score hits without touching his opponents' bodies. Major Boris Onishenko was disqualified, and went back to the USSR in disgrace.

Melbourne, Australia, 1956

Another Soviet who made a bonehead Olympics play wasn't doing anything illegal. After Vyacheslav Ivanov won the race in singles sculls, he stood proudly on the podium next to the river. When he was awarded his gold medal, he was so excited he tossed it up in the air. It flew over him and fell into the water. He and many of his teammates jumped in and tried to find the medal, but were unsuccessful. His story has a happy ending, because Olympic officials later awarded him replacement gold medal and he won two more on his own in subsequent Olympic games.

Mexico City, 1968

An Olympic rider got so mad at his horse for ruining his chances at a medal, he started to beat up the horse. In Mexico City, West German rider Hans-Jurgen Todt rode a horse named Ranchero, who didn't seem to like jumping over things. He avoided the jumps three times, eliminating his rider from any chance of medaling. Doing the sensible thing, he attacked his horse, fortunately his teammates quickly restrained him.

Seoul, South Korea, 1988

The Seoul games just seemed to have a lot of dumb moments, started at the opening ceremonies. If you've ever wondered why they don't release beautiful doves anymore at the beginning of the Olympics, just watch the ceremonies in 1988. Doves were released, then some didn't feel like flying far and landed in and on the edge of the big cauldron which was about to be home of the Olympic torch. With the birds still there, the torch was lit and the birds were cooked instantly.

Olympic and sports fan Freddy Sherman grew up in Philadelphia and went to school with two Olympic medal winners, Kim Gallagher and David Wharton. Watching their skill and determination inspired him. You can follow Freddy on Twitter: @thefredsherman.

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