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Top 10 Olympic Controversies

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Stella Walsh (1936)


After winning the gold in the women's 100-meter dash in the 1932 Olympic Games, Stella Walsh lost to her bitter rival, Helen Stephens, in the 1936 Games. Walsh's supporters claimed Stephens was too fast to be a woman, and demanded she be examined to ensure she wasn't a man. An examination proved Stephens was female. Fast-forward to 1980, when Walsh was shot to death outside a Cleveland shopping mall. An autopsy yielded a surprise: Walsh was really a man.

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