6 Scandals That Rocked the Winter Olympics


The Winter Olympics have been marked by controversy and scandal since the first Games in 1924. From cheating by East German lugers to the sordid Tonya Harding figure skating fiasco, here are six events that made headlines:

1. 1924: Timing Controversy in Speedskating Event at First Winter Olympics

Charles Jewtraw (USA) became the first American to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic competition when he sped to victory in the 500 meter speedskating event in Chamonix, France, 1924 Olympics, with a time of 44 seconds. He is also the world's record holder for the 100 yard skate - 9 2/5 seconds. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)

American speedskater Charles Jewtraw

At the Games in Chamonix, France, Norwegians contended the 500-meter speedskating final had been mistimed in favor of American Charles Jewtraw, a heavy underdog who won the gold.


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