Making it to the Olympics is kind of a big deal.
People spend their entire lives training and competing to represent their country, which, in itself, is a huge honor.
So, if someone gets kicked out of the games and sent back home, it is usually because they did something pretty stupid and embarrassing -- like tweeting racists statements about their fellow Olympians.
That's what Michel Morganella, a member of the Swiss soccer team, did.
For those you following the games, you probably know that on Monday the Swiss lost in soccer to South Korea. Hours later, Michel tweeted in a mix of French slang and text speak that South Koreans "can go burn" and called them a "bunch of mongoloids."
Yep, that's pretty racist.
But, considering that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been heavily encouraging athletes to use social media in order to promote the games, we're not surprised.
In fact, Michel isn't the first athlete to be sent home for racist tweeting. The week before, Voula Papachristou, a triple jumper from Greece, became the first athlete to be banned for her social media behavior. On July 22, Voula tweeted, "So many Africans in Greece at least West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food."
Yep, that's also kind of racist.
We think to prevent future embarrassment, the IOC should just make racist tweeting an Olympic event.
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