10 Unexpected Deaths At The Olympics

Hello People out there! Welcome back to your content buddy Humor Nation. Today we are probing an another tragic combination i.e., sports and death. The Olympics are watched all over world. Everybody watch this game enthusiastically as this competition provides entertainment and a true vision of achievements. Olympics are the show of true dedication of one towards his game. Sometimes, this game is also reported with tragic deaths. Some unexpected serious deaths happened in midst of this world-wide popular game.

So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Unexpected Deaths At The Olympics!

1. Knut Jensen

In 1960, summer Olympics were held in the blistering heat of Rome. It was nearly 104 degree Fahrenheit. Everyone was trying hard to deal with the heat and simultaneously to perform better. Danish team already were on their back foot. One of their cyclists was already knocked down due to heat, other three tried to keep the pace. Knut Jensen had the most dready affect. He felt dizzy in the middle of race and felt down and fractured his skull in pavement. He tried hard to keep up , but just cannot.Later, he died in hospital.

10 Unexpected Deaths At The Olympics

2. Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili

Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from the country of Georgia, was killed in the opening ceremony of winter Olympics in Vancouver. He went off course, a training run and crashed into the support barrier next to the track. He crashed a the speed of 150 miles per hour and died instantly. This horrible death, casted a shadow all over the game.

3. Nikolai Peris Jett

During the 1936, summer Olympics in Berlin, a Romanian boxer named- Nikolai Peris Jett died four days after fighting a featherweight boxing match. It was reported as the case of  blood poisoning, some say it was due to injuries that remained because of fight.

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4. Francisco Lazaro

This is a story of a marathon runner, who died covered in wax. Francisco Lazaro became the first person to die in Olympics when he collapsed and died, when running a marathon in  a 1912, Stockholm Olympics. Back in those days, sunscreen doesn’t really existed and it was really hot in those days. He covered himself in wax to protect himself from the heat exhaustion but, This resulted in sweat trapping in his body which caused a very fatal fluid electrolyte imbalance.

5. Eliska Misakova

She was the only person who was awarded with posthumus gold medal. Eliska Misakova, in 1948 London Olympics, she fell ill due to polio. She was the part of Czechoslovakia team. The day, she died in hospital, was the same day, their team received an Olympic gold medal.

6. Political Conspiracy

This death happened before the 10 days of Olympic , but it was definitely a politically motivated death. This happened during the 1968, Mexico games. Mexican government spent a lot of money in the Olympics and local people were not so happy about it. This was because at that time, Mexico was financially suffering. 10 days before the opening ceremony, 10,000 students protested against it at the Plaza de las Tres culturas. The government wanted everything to end, so they shot around 100s of students. Cruel government, isn’t it?

7. Terror Plot

There was a terror plot in Atlanta during Atlantic Olympics in 1996. Eric Robert Rudolph planted, a largest pipe bomb in American history at the centennial Olympic park. Luckily, an undercover detective named Richard Jewell spotted the suspect package. This stadium was evacuated but the bomb exploded and wounded 111 people and killing two.

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8. Roasted Doves

Doves are a symbol of peace and healing. Somehow, during the Seoul Olympics in 1988, these doves were released in the opening ceremony, but eventually they, instead of flying sat on the Olympic cauldron. As the cauldron was lit , these doves burnt alive, in front of audience and media and whole world.  This was the brutal view anybody have ever seen in any Olympics.

9. Munich Disaster

The 1972, Munich Olympics were supposed to be as political even though there was still an East West Germany divide. The country wanted a peaceful olympics this time. Unfortunately, this was not to be, the games ended up horrible. 17 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack. In 1970s the tensions between Israeli and Palestinians were at an absolute peak. Some HIV created and plot a terror attack calling themselves as black September. For the detailed story go through this link- Munich Massacre

10. Lima Football Riot

Over 300 peoples were killed during an Olympic football qualifying match in 1964. Peru and Argentina were playing against each other in this match. A would be equalizing goal by Peru was disallowed which resulted in triggered angered among Peruvian fans. In response to this riot police fired tear gas into the crowd. Many people were trying to escape the stadium via a stairwell that led to the street. But, the bottom was blocked and no one was able to escape and as a result 318 death.

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Ashmika Jain
Writing is an expression of the soul. The more we express ourselves, the more we get to know and understand ourselves. So I am a writer who's trying to paint my soul with the words. I don't follow trends, I set them. An Engineer by profession, a writer by passion.