Cheating in games has been a problem since the inception of, well, games, but some people cheated in such spectacular or brazen ways that they rise above the lowest of the low. Here are nine such examples.
#4 almost got away with it.
Frederick Lorz (1904)
Lorz ran the first nine miles of the Boston Marathon before getting exhausted, at which point his manager picked him up in his car and drove him another ten miles. Lorz continued to run from this point and won the race, only revealing the car ride shortly after and claiming the whole thing was a joke (ha ha?). Though banned he was reinstated and won next year’s marathon.
Sergio Motsoeneng (1998)
Sergio came in ninth place during the grueling fifty-six mile Comrades Marathon, bit only because he switched places with his identical brother Fika at various spots of the course, leading to Sergio being stripped of his medal and losing his prize money. What busted him was a scar on Fika’s shin and Fika wearing his watch on the wrong arm, clues that were both photographed.
Tommy Glenn Carmichael (80’s through 00’s)
One of the most prolific slot machine cheats in history, Carmichael was known for adapting to changing technologies to hustle the slots. As security measures evolved Carmichael would go to great lengths to learn them, including buying the machines and spending months going over their mechanics. After a series of busts and time in prison, he works on the side of casinos.
Michel Pollentier (1978)
Belgian’s cycling champion concocted a bizarre means to evade drug testing: he had a condom filled with someone else’s urine underneath his arm connected to a tube running through his shorts. It may have worked had another participant not had difficulty with a similar scheme, raising the suspicion of the doctor present. Everyone was asked to remove their shirts, revealing the cheat.
Spanish Paralympic Basketball Team (2000)
How low can an athlete go to win? Well, consider this: ten of the twelve members of Spain’s basketball team in the 2000 Paralympics were found after their win to be fully-functional and above the seventy-five IQ threshold. In one game the coach was even alleged to have ordered the team to allow their opponents to make shots to better mask the deception. That’s pretty low.