On Friday, June 22, 2012, Stephanie Rice, an Australian swimmer who will be representing the country in the 2012 Olympics, tweeted a photo showing her wearing one of her birthday presents. The present was a tiny white bikini given to her by the designer, Ellie Gonsalves. In the week after the tweet, she has dealt with negative feedback, copycat images and support from even the designer. Rice has not backed down from the picture and has not deleted it. She is far from the first athlete to have a somewhat scandalous photo on the internet. Here is a look at five other athletes that have endured their own scandals from photos that were made public.
A photograph taken not long after the 2008 Olympic Games seemed to show star swimmer Michael Phelps using a marijuana pipe. He admitted that it was him in the photograph and apologized for the incident. Many were disappointed with the star. He ended up losing his sponsorship deal with Kellogg's and being suspended from swimming for three months.
Scotty Lago won a bronze medal in a snowboarding event in the 2010 Olympic Games. During the games, photographs surfaced of a woman kissing the medal while it was hanging near the athlete's waist and of her biting the medal. He apologized for the pictures and chose to leave the Olympic Games earlier than he planned.
In 2007, Laure Manaudou broke up with her boyfriend. Soon after, nude photographs and a graphic video of the French swimmer began to surface. The swimmer was thrown off her game and, in 2008, was still struggling in her events. The former boyfriend was suspected of posting the images, but denied it.
Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk
In June of 2012, a photograph surfaced that showed both Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk holding guns. Each of the Australian swimmers were holding two. Monk held two shotguns and D'Arcy held two pistols. Though both will still be allowed to compete, they will have to leave London immediately after competing. It was not the first controversy surrounding the pair.
Though Kristin Watt is not a fan of all sports, she does follow the news on most sports religiously. Major news events in sport do tend to ripple out to others and she makes sure that she never misses the big stories.
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