Showboating is usually frowned upon in professional sports, but athletes get a little leeway when they compete in the Olympics. When they win a gold medal, they have basically proven to the universe that they are the greatest athlete in their field. If I was in their shoes, someone would have to epoxy my feet to the ground to keep me from doing a celebratory jig for 10 straight minutes.
Germany's Robert Harting had just such a moment when he took the gold medal in discus, according to The Daily Mail.
He didn't just do a run around the track and scream "Hi, Mom!" into the nearest camera. He ripped off his shirt "Hulk" style until it was just a pile of sweaty rags. Then he took a celebratory run around the track with his native flag draped over his back as he jumped over a set of hurdles that had been set up for the women's 100m final.
His celebration didn't end in the stadium. He and some friends allegedly went an alcohol-fueled bender on a docked cruise liner. He got so wasted that he ended up passing out in a train and someone actually robbed him while he slept. Then to make matters worse, he wasn't allowed back into the Olympic Village because whoever robbed him also took his Olympic accreditation.
I understand that security is tight at the Games, but wouldn't a large gold medallion hanging from a tree-trunk of a neck be proof enough that someone is an Olympic athlete?
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