8. American Sprinters Watch Their Heat on Television
Who: Stan Wright
Olympics: Munich 1972
After tying the world record in the 100 meters at the Olympic Trials, Eddie Hart was a favorite in Munich along with teammate Rey Robinson. After a morning heat, their coach Stan Wright told them their next heat was later in the day so they returned to the Olympic Village. Unfortunately for them, Wright was using an outdated schedule. They ended up seeing their heat on television at the Olympic Village. They were not allowed to race in subsequent heats and their gold medal hopes ended. Eddie Hart didn’t leave empty handed as he was a member of the gold medal winning 4x100 meter relay team.