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Olympic Gymnast Expelled for Drinking in Rio

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Yuri Van Gelder, known as the bad boy of gymnastics, has been banned from participating in the rest of the 2016 Olympics because of a night of drinking. The kicker? He was expelled by his own country.

After qualifying for the men’s rings finals—an event in which he is a three-time world champion—Yuri went out on the town to celebrate. Sounds normal, right? Not for the strict Dutch Olympic team.


After admitting to both missing curfew and drinking alcohol, the cleverly nicknamed “Lord of the Rings” was expelled from the rest of the games and sent back home to the Netherlands. The Dutch Olympic Committee felt they had “no other choice” as they expect their athletes to be excellent role models.

Pretty big punishment for having a couple caipirinhas, huh?

This wasn’t the first time the former champion’s ethics have cost him athletic recognition. Back in 2009, he tested positive for cocaine at the Dutch national championships and was banned for a year by the Royal Dutch Gymnastics Federation, costing him a spot on the team that went to the 2012 London Olympics.

Sending their star champion home may have hurt the Dutch team more than it hurt Yuri. The team finished at a disappointing 10th overall in the team all-around challenge.

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