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NFT: 1980 Olympics - Robbing Triple Jumpers of Glory

FatMan in Charlotte : 5/22/2020 7:24 am
As a child, the Olympics captivated my attention as a way to see worldwide competition. Some strange sports. The spectacle. The bringing together of families to watch. The national pride. But the specter of cheating has existed forever.

The 1972 Men's basketball team getting screwed. Competing against East German women with moustaches. Rigged gymanastic and skating judging. Our own massive doping situations in track and field. But doping I always thought was the only way to cheat in track. Looks like that isn't the case.

The linked article tells the story of how Russia cheated in several track events in 1980. An interesting read
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What a surprise.  
section125 : 5/22/2020 7:30 am : link
The Soviets cheating! I do not remember that at all.
I think organizers  
Gman11 : 5/22/2020 7:40 am : link
were all high when they allowed the triple jump to become an Olympic sport.
RE: I think organizers  
MBavaro : 5/22/2020 8:02 am : link
In comment 14908594 Gman11 said:
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were all high when they allowed the triple jump to become an Olympic sport.


Ha, I've always thought the same thing!
Let's be real about the triple jump...  
BamaBlue : 5/22/2020 8:21 am : link
it is a relative sports spectacle compared to Curling. Only a professional tic-tac-toe circuit could be worse.
When  
Big Al : 5/22/2020 9:01 am : link
did the hop step and jump become the triple jump?
RE: Let's be real about the triple jump...  
Section331 : 5/22/2020 9:42 am : link
In comment 14908620 BamaBlue said:
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it is a relative sports spectacle compared to Curling. Only a professional tic-tac-toe circuit could be worse.


Wasn't it the last winter Olympics where a curling squad was disqualified for using PED's? The only thing I could think of was getting high before a match.
Who cares  
fireitup77 : 5/22/2020 10:05 am : link
We weren't even there.
It has been referred to  
redwhiteandbigblue : 5/22/2020 10:07 am : link
As the triple jump for over 50 years. My first Olympics that I watched was in 1968. It was referred to as the triple jump then and I'm sure long b4.
I just read an article about the only American to win a medal  
Matt M. : 5/22/2020 10:23 am : link
Mike Sylvester was a decent college hoops player who elected to play oversees in an Italian League, as his family was from there. Italy invited him to claim dual citizenship and play for their national team. Italy won the silver medal, their first ever in basketball, making him the only American citizen to medal in Moscow.
It appears to  
Big Al : 5/22/2020 10:32 am : link
have been called the hop str and jump at the Olympics.,Neing ancient i seemed to remember that.
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Big Al : 5/22/2020 10:33 am : link
Step.
RE: Who cares  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/22/2020 12:30 pm : link
In comment 14908706 fireitup77 said:
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We weren't even there.


I'm not surprised by that response.
good OP, FMiC  
ColHowPepper : 5/22/2020 2:34 pm : link
yeah, that penultimate poster prior to this, strikes as one perverse, angry dude looking for some kind of life's validation...

Probably a big tad before your time but the Mexico City Olympics, when things were on a high simmer here (still four years before Kent State, Chicago), when Juan Carlos and Tommie Smith, silver and gold (or v.v.), took to the victory stand in the 400 (maybe the 200)m and did the silent, one fist raised to the sky while looking down. That presaged a lot of protest icons to come, some much later.

I too frothed at the mouth as the Games neared, and hearing John Williams' trumpet solo was thrilling, each day of the events, each commercial break, lol. Sometimes the Games were presented on TV on delayed broadcast because of the time zone difference. One that worked very well for us was Beijing, 2008, I think. The male Eastern Bloc doping athletes were notorious in the field events, discus, shot, javelin.
RE: When  
steve in ky : 5/22/2020 2:36 pm : link
In comment 14908652 Big Al said:
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did the hop step and jump become the triple jump?


I was going to post that I'm old enough that I still always think of it as the Hop, Skip, and Jump. Glad to see I'm not alone.
Sometimes  
Big Al : 5/22/2020 2:40 pm : link
Step and sometimes skip.
you have company, Steve  
ColHowPepper : 5/22/2020 2:41 pm : link
it's like iconic, historic buildings in downtowns across America torn down for something 'better', modern, way for the RE developers to make a buck. I guess triple jump is easier to say, sounds almost digital!
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