Monday, August 18, 2008

Bizarre Olympic Moment - Day 12

Each day of the 2008 Olympics we're going to find a bizarre clip or story from a past Summer Olympics. Today we'll look at West German pentathlete Hans-Jurgen Todt.

The one good thing about the Olympics is that at any time of the day or night there is least something reasonable to watch ... that is unless the Equestrian is on. You really have to like horses to appreciate this event.

How is this in the Olympics anyway? The fact that they let women and men compete in the same competition pretty much says that we're not talking about a sport ... but we disgress.

We noticed one competitor was riding her horse through the little obstacles. The horse decided it didn't want to jump anymore, the rider fell off, we laughed ... everything was good. This isn't the exact fall we witnessed but it's all pretty much the same stuff.

Then the annoucer said how hard the competitor trained and how many resources she had poured into reaching her Olympic goal. First we felt sad, then a little sleepy and finally upset at that damn horse.

After what we watched it seemed very appropiate that todays Bizarre Olympic Moment comes froms Hans-Jurgen Todt. In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Todt was West Germany's entry in the modern pentathalon. In the riding portion his horse Ranchero stopped before three different obstacles ... killing Todt's chance at his Olympic goal. Todt lost it and started attacking his horse. It took several of his teammates to come to Ranchero's defense ... too bad, it would have been great to see Ranchero fight back.

No video footage of this ultra-obscure moment. But we figure it would have gone something like this clip but with a bigger horse and more punching:

Take a look at the 16 most bizarre Olympic moments in history:

Day 1 - Eric "The Eel" Moussambani
Day 2 - Betty Robinson
Day 3 - Sally Robbins
Day 4 - Abebe Bilkila
Day 5 - 1972 USA Basketball team
Day 6 - Bobby Pearce
Day 7 - Byun Jong-il
Day 8 - Stella Walsh
Day 9 - Spanish Paralympic Basketball Team
Day 10 - Ingeborg Marx
Day 11 - Vanderlei de Lima
Day 12 - Hans-Jurgen Todt
Day 13 - Liu Changchun
Day 14 - Dorando Pietri
Day 15 - 1956 Hungarian Water Polo Team
Day 16 - 1960 Tunisian Modern Pentathlon Team

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