If you watched this year’s Winter Olympics, you might have caught a glimpse at the appalling things going on behind the scenes. This year’s Olympics were considered an Olympic-sized flop to many. It was also referred to as the Scandal Olympics, due to factors like illegal drugs, tensions between China and neighboring countries, and tensions within Olympic teams.
Reports from the Winter Olympics have claimed that the food was a disgrace and the surroundings were horrendous. Some participants were put down by their coaches, the people they respected the most. Those things coupled with the fact that China was already facing controversy because of the global health pandemic and other political tensions. Unlike this year’s Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. Read on to find out exactly how the 2022 Winter Olympics devolved into an utter disaster below.
25. Russian Doping Scandal
This is the most controversial disaster on this list. Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, participated in the Olympics even though she tested positive for an illegal drug used for heart conditions. There’s a ton of discussion, controversy, and anger as to why she was still allowed to participate. In a way, it invalidated the Winter Olympics and their supposedly strict doping standards for participation.
The entire figure skating and sporting world, in general, criticized the decision. “Kamila Valieva’s first Olympics were controversial, to say the least. The 15-year-old Russian figure skater entered the 2022 Beijing Games as a frontrunner in her sport after dominating the 2022 European Championships. But after leading Russia to a win in the figure skating team event, she tested positive for a banned heart medication.” – via CBS Sports