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HERE’S TO THE LOSERS…?

This article was brought to our attention by YDD’er @alejandrasworld (Thanks!).  Inspired by Evengi Plushenko’s douche-y behavior insisting that he deserves the gold medal instead of the silver at this year’s Vancouver Olympics, Time Magazine has compiled a photo history list of previous Olympics “Sore Losers.”  The list is:

1.    1972 U.S. Olympic’s Men’s Basketball Team

The Americans trailed their Cold War rivals until very end when they inched ahead by a single point. With a second left in the game, a disputed Soviet time-out forced the refs to reset the clock. Time ran out and the U.S. won. But then the clock was reset again — for reasons still disputed by sports fans today. Essentially given three opportunities, the Soviets managed to score a basket and take the gold. “We couldn’t believe that they were giving them all these chances,” U.S. forward Mike Bantom said at the time. “It was like they were going to let them do it until they got it right.” In protest, the American team refused the silver medal; their awards remain unclaimed in a Swiss vault.

2. South Korean boxer Byun Jong-il

In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korean boxer Byun Jong-il lost a match after he was penalized for head-butting his competitor. Like a petulant child, Jong-il sat down in the middle of the ring and refused to get up for over an hour. He stayed put for so long that officials eventually turned off the lights and left him sitting in darkness.

All eyes were on knee-whacked Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, but the U.S. figure skating champion lost the gold to Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul. While waiting an unusually long time for the awards ceremony to start, Kerrigan was caught on camera complaining about the delay (officials were looking for a copy of the Ukrainian national anthem) and wondering if Baiul was backstage putting on make-up, even though she was “only going to cry again.”

4.    Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina

Khorkina didn’t take her loss of the gold medal to U.S. gymnast Carly Patterson in the 2004 Athens Olympics lightly. “I practically did everything right, still they just set me up and fleeced me,” she said in an interview at the time. At age 25, Khorkina knew she would not compete in another Olympics, and that Patterson’s win meant her chance at being the all-around champion was forever gone. She blamed the judges for her defeat, saying her loss was “because I’m from Russia, not from America.”

5.    2008 Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian

He got so angry at losing the semi-final Greco-Roman wrestling match to Andrea Minguzzi of Italy that he had to be physically restrained from attacking the judges. Abrahamian went on to win the bronze, but that wasn’t good enough for him. During the awards ceremony he removed the third-place honor from his neck and threw it on the ground.

6.   Angel Matos

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Angel Matos took his anger to the extreme. When an official disqualified Matos in the Taekwondo bronze medal match due to a technical error (he was knocked to the mat and didn’t get up quickly enough), the Cuban athlete responded by kicking the referee in the face. Matos has since been banned from all future events sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation.

His silver medal figure skating routine in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics included a quadruple jump. Evan Lysacek’s gold one did not. Plushenko was so upset by his loss to the American that during the awards ceremony, he briefly climbed to the gold medal spot on the podium. “You can’t be considered a true men’s champion without a quad,” he reportedly told Russian state television. Plushenko’s official website later advertised that the Russian skater had won an invented “platinum” medal at Vancouver, although his reps say this was due to some sort of mix-up, and the fake medal was removed.
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