American football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey are some of the most popular sports in the US – as well as other parts of the world. Be it an individual or team-based game, it’s important for these athletes to win. Back in the days, the things needed to excel in any sport is sheer talent, tough training, brute strength, and self-discipline. Timing is also a factor, so those who win it all end up being glorified in the limelight.
But what if athletes, coaches, referees, or team managers shine for a bit in the limelight – only to find their downfall because of cheating scandals? Over the years, a lot of big personalities in the sports industry have been caught cheating. Instead of slaving away their hours training in their specific sport, some are found out to be taking Performance Enhancing Drugs, which is no wonder why their competitors lost. Others use a unique ruse to win the game – especially when team sports are involved.
Excelling in any sport is supposed to be a glorious moment for any athlete. But when cheating is involved, the entire sport they represent is shamed and scrutinized. Here, we will take a look at some of the worst sports cheaters of all time.
Rosie Ruiz, 1980
Prior to high-tech TV coverage of sporting events, Rosie Ruiz won the hearts of sports fans all over the world. in 1980, she finished the Boston Marathon in the female category, finishing the race in just a little over two and a half hours. Other athletes found her victory to be somewhat dubious and upon further investigation, it was found out that she disappeared into the crowd, took the subway, then showed up on the race course half a mile from the finish. That definitely made her finish the race without breaking a sweat – but it turned out to be an embarrassing victory which shamed fans of the sport.