The 2016 Olympic Games have had quite a unique run this year. For those who have not kept up, Olympians have faced some strange situations throughout the Rio games. This year, the athletes are not the only thing stirring up conversations. Over the past week, there has been controversy over green swimming pools, inappropriately placed censorship boxes, marijuana allowances, and a record number of outed LGBTQ members competing in the games. The Rio Olympic Games are certainly going to be one for the books.
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The Breakdown of the Weirdness
You read it right, folks! The World Anti-Doping Agency has upped the allowance passable levels of THC during pregame testing for Olympic athletes. This year’s allowance is ten times that of the London Olympics. The 2016 Olympic Games have set the threshold to 150 nanograms per one milliliter of urine.
Green Swimming Pools
The 2016 Olympic games have produced two bright green swimming pools in the last few days. After swimmers reportedly complained that the water was too saturated with chlorine, treatment officials cut back on the chemical. This has now resulted in two algae-colored pools and plenty of controversy.
“The water is not supposed to be green,” said the vice-chairman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG).
Inappropriately Placed Censorship Boxes
On several different occasions during the swimming competition of the Olympic games, NBC placed information bars over the naughty bits of the swimmers being featured. The obstruction did not necessarily help the situation as it made the athletes looks as though they were completely naked. Diving takes a bit of an exotic turn in this year’s Olympic games.
Record Number Of LGBTQ Athletes
The 2016 Olympic Games had its first LGBTQ marriage proposal this year. After not winning a medal, rugby player Isadora Cerullo won the commitment of her partner, Marjorie Enya. Enya got down on one knee in from of Cerullo and all her teammates to propose marriage. She said yes!
Topping off the week’s events in the 2016 Olympic Games, Tom Daley, a diver for Great Britain, won a bronze medal and a loving message from his long-time partner and fiance, Dustin Lance Black. Black is an award-winning screenwriter who won an Oscar for the movie Milk.
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