Gold medalist Ryan Lochte created a tempest in a pee-pot on Friday, when he told NBC's Ryan Seacrest and an international television audience that he and all other Olympic swimmers routinely urinate in the pool prior to races.
The admission gave new meaning to the concept of the pre-race warm-up, as well as to the post-race chant "We're No. 1!"
While London city workers are sure to be upping the pool's chlorine content during the remaining days of the Games, earlier generations of Olympians have endured and survived much less sanitary swimming venues.
Perhaps the nastiest swimming area used during the "modern" Olympic era, which began in 1896, is the river Seine, which essentially served as the municipal sewer outflow for the city of Paris when it hosted the 1900 Games.
In addition to the usual swimming and diving events, the 1900 Olympics featured a 200 meter obstacle race in the Seine, in which competitors had to swim, climb a pole, and scramble over and then swim under a row of moored boats. Not surprisingly, the event failed to reappear in subsequent games.
Those who think that some of the less mainstream current Olympic events, like synchronized swimming and badminton, should be shown the door would replicate Lochte's pre-race routine in their La-Z-Boys if some of the events from the 1900 games were still in vogue.
The 1900 Paris Olympics debuted an astonishing array of competitions, many of which, mercifully, never again saw the light of day.