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Brazil's home crowd - Shadiest moments of the Rio OlympicsBrazil's home crowd

When it comes to sporting events, the Brazilians have enthusiasm in spades—at least for the home team. Unfortunately, the local population didn't get the memo that the Olympics aren't a futbol match, frequently jeering and booing athletes of other nations, particularly if they were competing against a Brazilian in their event. The tiny mistakes of foreign male gymnasts were applauded by the home crowd during the individual event finals, they screamed "ZIKA!" at soccer goalie Solo every time she touched the ball, and they may have cost Renaud Lavillenie his gold medal. The French pole-vaulter was up against a Brazilian for the gold, and the locals used every trick they could to throw Lavillenie off of his game. The boos managed to get into Lavillenie's head, and he eventually finished in the silver medal position behind Brazil's Thiago da Silva. The crowd continued to jeer, even booing throughout his medal ceremony and bringing the pole-vaulter to tears. Lavillenie compared the incident to how Jesse Owens was treated at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

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