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The 9 biggest rivalries the Olympics has ever seen

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya HardingThe argument between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan was one for the ages.AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File

• The Olympic Games offers athletes the possibility to contest for excellence while the whole universe watches.

• Some of the fiercest rivals in sports story have had the possibility to block off at the Olympics.

• Before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games starts, let’s demeanour back on some famous Olympic showdowns.


The Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games haven’t even kicked off yet, and the appearing showdown between Russian figure skaters Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova is moulding up to be a must-watch duel.

Some feuds, like the one between American figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, led to assault and drama. Other rivalries, like the squabble between American swimmer Gary Hall Jr. and his Australian counterparts, have finished on a some-more advanced note.

But foe is at the heart of every Olympic Games.

Here’s a demeanour at some of the biggest Olympics rivalries in history:

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