Janet Evans(Photo: Robert Laberge, Getty Images)

In addition to their amazing natural ability, Olympians make astounding commitments to their sports and they make monumental sacrifices to succeed. There is a reason why we place them on pedestals.

Olympians are still human, however, and the higher we place them the farther they fall from time to time. Over the decades, some Olympic athletes have demonstrated very poor behavior after their events.

Swimmer Janet Evans has seen it all. Evans, a four-time gold medal winner and veteran of three Olympic Games is gunning for her fourth Olympic competition this summer. "There is such a huge build up to your event, so when it's over it's just a huge release," Evans says. "And when you get all these Olympic athletes together in Olympic Village and they're all experiencing the same thing, they can get into some trouble."

Janet Evans

Timm Peddie was the top-seeded cyclist on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, and he chose not to stay in Barcelona's Olympic Village for that very reason. "Olympic-caliber athletes are so focused for at least one year, then they get into Olympic Village and it's the same kind of bio-social norm. Then after people finish their events it turns into a huge athlete party and many of them are pretty young, you know 16 or 17, so they go crazy, like the first week of college, but everything is free so it is accelerated."

Peddie goes on to say that "finishing your event is like a catharsis. People who had their event in the beginning would go crazy every day until the closing ceremonies, and with everything being free a lot of people exploit it."

So with that, let's reflect on what we've learned from some of the less-than-admirable moments in Olympics history.