History Funny / OlympicGames

21st Oct '17 2:29:50 PM SammyDragon92
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** [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen The Queen]] parachuting out a helicopter with Film/JamesBond. American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently convinced it was real!

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** [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen The Queen]] parachuting out a helicopter with Film/JamesBond. American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently being [[WhatAnIdiot convinced it was real!real!]]
15th Oct '17 5:27:44 AM Catprog
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** And he only got to the semi-finals thanks to a disqualification.
30th Sep '17 10:15:53 AM mouschilight
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* Anything that involved [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]].

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* Anything that involved [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]].Creator/StephenColbert.
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* The United States Women's Soccer team commemorated its gold medal win and the culmination of Mia Hamm's Olympic success by singing along to the Star-Spangled Banner at the ensuing medal ceremony, loudly and very much off-key.

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* The United States U.S. Women's Soccer team commemorated its gold medal win and the culmination of Mia Hamm's Olympic success by singing along to the Star-Spangled Banner at the ensuing medal ceremony, loudly and very much off-key.
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!!1896 Summer Games -- Athens, Greece
* During a dinner honoring the winners, the Crown Prince of Greece asked Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimming, where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós answered "[[MathematiciansAnswer In the water]]."
* When Australian Edwin Flack won gold in the 1500m, since Australia was still a British colony at the time, there was no Australian flag, and officials didn't have any of the colonial flags. So, at the medal ceremony, they ended up raising the Austrian flag.

!!1904 Summer Games -- St. Louis, U.S.A.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_at_the_1904_Summer_Olympics_-_Men%27s_marathon Men's Marathon]] is a glorious hot mess courtesy of poor officiating and bad luck. One man got food poisoning and showed up late having to cut off the pants he was wearing into shorts, another nearly died, a couple of runners were chased by dogs, one man being disqualified for cheating, and the winner of this blessed event had to be helped to the finish line and was strung out on drugs and brandy.

!!1992 Winter Games -- Albertville, France
* In an Olympics where it seemed like hardly any figure skater could get through their routine without falling, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emddH834Nqg this performance]] by France's Laetitia Hubert really takes the cake. But kudos to her for not giving up and finishing, though she looked positively ''exhausted'' by the end.
** Commentator Scott Hamilton, the 1984 gold medalist in men's figure skating, later admitted that the reason he stopped talking about halfway through is because he was laughing so much.

!!1996 Summer Games -- Atlanta, U.S.A.
* The opening ceremonies had pickup trucks enter the stadium while people spelled out "How Y'all Doin?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9AV3p7qkU Seriously]].
* One gymnast on the Chinese men's team in 1996 paused part way through his routine, to wave hi to the audience ''using his foot''. Doubly funny given the reputation the Chinese have for being very straitlaced and serious.

!!2000 Summer Games -- Sydney, Australia
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rqI8xwXVac Eric "The Eel" Moussambani]].

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!!1896 Summer Games -- Athens, Greece
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[[folder:Athens 1896]]
* During a dinner honoring the winners, the Crown Prince of Greece Greece, Constantine I, asked Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimming, swimming[[note]]One for the 100m freestyle, the other for the 1200m freestyle[[/note]], where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós answered "[[MathematiciansAnswer In the water]]."
* When Australian Edwin Flack won the gold medal in running for the 1500m, since Australia was still a British colony at the time, there was no Australian flag, and officials didn't have any of the colonial flags. So, So at the medal ceremony, they ended up raising the Austrian flag.

!!1904 Summer Games -- St. Louis, U.S.A.
flag.
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[[folder:St. Louis 1904]]
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_at_the_1904_Summer_Olympics_-_Men%27s_marathon Men's Marathon]] is a glorious hot mess courtesy of poor officiating and bad luck. One man got food poisoning and showed up late late, having to cut off the pants he was wearing into shorts, shorts; another nearly died, died; a couple of runners were chased by dogs, dogs; one man being was disqualified for cheating, cheating; and the winner of this blessed event had to be helped to the finish line and was strung out on drugs and brandy.

!!1992
brandy.
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[[folder:Albertville 1992]]
* In a
Winter Games -- Albertville, France
* In an
Olympics where it seemed like hardly any figure skater could get through their routine without falling, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emddH834Nqg this performance]] by France's Laetitia Hubert really takes the cake. But kudos Kudos to her for not giving up and finishing, though although she looked positively ''exhausted'' by the end.
** Commentator American commentator Scott Hamilton, the 1984 gold medalist in men's figure skating, later admitted that the reason he stopped talking about halfway through is because he was laughing so much.

!!1996 Summer Games -- Atlanta, U.S.A.
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[[folder:Atlanta 1996]]
* The opening ceremonies ceremony had pickup trucks enter the stadium while people spelled out "How Y'all Doin?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9AV3p7qkU Seriously]].
* One gymnast on the Chinese men's team in 1996 paused part way halfway through his routine, routine to wave hi to the audience ''using audience, ''by using his foot''. Doubly funny given considering the reputation the Chinese have for being very straitlaced and serious.

!!2000 Summer Games -- Sydney, Australia
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[[folder:Sydney 2000]]
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rqI8xwXVac Eric "The Eel" Moussambani]].



** The drag queens reappeared during the closing ceremonies, re-enacting scenes from ''Film/PriscillaQueenOfTheDesert''. The famous bus made an appearance too. This was [[http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=118810 the first open involvement of LGBT people in an Olympic event]] and the first time the Games accepted and promoted them. Naturally, NBC completely ignored the significance of this event.
* Somewhere between Funny and Awesome, during the introduction of the Tin Symphony we have what looks like a giant metal ''dragon'' entering the stadium.

!!2002 Winter Games -- Salt Lake City, U.S.A.
* In the 1000m short track speed skating, a big crash led to all the athletes falling except for Steve Bradbury of Australia, who was too far behind everyone else. Because of this Bradbury, who was only in the finals because of ''another'' crash in the semis, wound up winning the gold! Bradbury has since become part of the Australian dictionary for "a fortuitous event."
* During the prelude to the closing ceremony, there were two ''massive'' animatronic dinosaur skeletons peeked above the outside of the stadium into the arena as a nod to the large number of dinosaur fossils discovered in Utah.

!!2004 Summer Games -- Athens, Greece
* The United States Women's Soccer team commemorated its gold-medal win and the culmination of Mia Hamm's Olympic success by singing along to the Star-Spangled Banner at the ensuing medal ceremony, loudly and very much off-key.

!!2006 Winter Games -- Turin, Italy
* American snowboarder [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZR91ogniVE Lindsey Jacobellis showing why you shouldn't celebrate winning gold until you've actually won it]].

!!2008 Summer Games -- Beijing, China
* The Brazilian airing of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony was unintentionally hilarious, due to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, pretty much the best basketball player Brazil's ever had, who spent the ''entire ceremony'' complaining about how he regretted refusing to carry the Brazilian flag when he was offered in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics because he needed to rest for the game the following day. The game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even him''.
** Galvão Bueno, narrator of that ceremony and most sports in that network, also makes most of his transmission unintentionally hilarious and/or obnoxious, due to his tendency of [[CaptainObvious obviousness]]--"went to the ground and fell!"--and trying to show his smartness--"without omelette, nobody does eggs"; "his disposition is very high, he looks like a caged lion."
* At the closing ceremony: London's eight minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].

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** The drag queens reappeared during the closing ceremonies, ceremony, re-enacting scenes from ''Film/PriscillaQueenOfTheDesert''. The famous bus made an appearance too. This was [[http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=118810 the first open involvement of LGBT people in an Olympic event]] and the first time the Games accepted and promoted them. Naturally, NBC completely ignored the significance of this event.
* Somewhere between Funny and Awesome, during the introduction of the Tin Symphony Symphony, we have what looks like a giant metal ''dragon'' entering the stadium.

!!2002 Winter Games -- Salt
stadium.
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[[folder:Salt
Lake City, U.S.A.
City 2002]]
* In the 1000m short track speed skating, a big crash led to all the athletes falling falling, except for Australian Steve Bradbury of Australia, Bradbury, who was too far behind everyone else. Because of this this, Bradbury, who was only in the finals because of ''another'' crash in the semis, semi-finals, wound up winning the gold! gold medal! Bradbury has since become part of the Australian dictionary for "a fortuitous event."
* During the prelude to the closing ceremony, there were two ''massive'' animatronic dinosaur skeletons peeked peeking above the outside of the stadium into the arena arena, as a nod reference to the large number of dinosaur fossils discovered in Utah.

!!2004 Summer Games -- Athens, Greece
Utah.
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[[folder:Athens 2004]]
* The United States Women's Soccer team commemorated its gold-medal gold medal win and the culmination of Mia Hamm's Olympic success by singing along to the Star-Spangled Banner at the ensuing medal ceremony, loudly and very much off-key.

!!2006 Winter Games -- Turin, Italy
off-key.
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[[folder:Turin 2006]]
* American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZR91ogniVE Lindsey Jacobellis showing demonstrating why you shouldn't celebrate winning gold until you've actually won it]].

!!2008 Summer Games -- Beijing, China
it]].
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[[folder:Beijing 2008]]
* The Brazilian airing of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony was unintentionally hilarious, due to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, pretty much one of the best basketball player players Brazil's ever had, who spent the ''entire ceremony'' complaining about how he regretted refusing to carry the Brazilian flag when he was offered in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games, because he needed to rest for the game the following day. The A game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even him''.
him''[[note]]Brazil barely beat out Puerto Rico, 101 to 98[[/note]].
** Galvão Bueno, the narrator of that ceremony and for most sports in that network, also makes most of his transmission unintentionally hilarious and/or obnoxious, due to his tendency of [[CaptainObvious obviousness]]--"went being incredibly obvious]]--"went to the ground and fell!"--and trying to show off his smartness--"without omelette, nobody does eggs"; "his disposition is very high, he looks like a caged lion."
* At In the closing ceremony: London's eight minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, flag was funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].



** Later that day, Mr. Johnson again, after stating that the British had invented the East Asian dominated spot of ping-pong with a game called "wiff-waff":

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** Later that day, Mr. Johnson again, after stating stated that the British had invented the East Asian dominated spot Asian-dominated sport of ping-pong with a game called "wiff-waff":



* How did Togolese canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti celebrate winning his country's first ever medal? Simple--by triumphantly snapping his paddle in two.

!!2010 Winter Games -- Vancouver, Canada

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* How did Togolese canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti celebrate winning his country's first ever medal? Simple--by By triumphantly snapping his paddle in two.

!!2010 Winter Games -- Vancouver, Canada
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[[folder:Vancouver 2010]]



* Canadian ice dancing gold medalists Virtue and Moir's funny showcase performance, which appeared to be a {{homage}} to teen movies. He was a(n ice) [[Music/AvrilLavigne Sk8erBoi]], she did ballet...
* The closing ceremony, where in addition to the usual impressive ceremony there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks[[note]]Wearing hastily-added gold medals![[/note]] and hockey players to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.

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* Canadian ice dancing ice-dancing gold medalists Virtue and Moir's funny showcase performance, which appeared to be a {{homage}} to teen movies. He was a(n ice) [[Music/AvrilLavigne Sk8erBoi]], she did ballet...
* The closing ceremony, where where, in addition to the usual impressive ceremony ceremony, there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks[[note]]Wearing hastily-added gold medals![[/note]] medals![[/note]], and hockey players to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.



* Creator/WilliamShatner's speech--really, that entire closing ceremony was a cavalcade of hilarious self-parody.

!!2012 Summer Games -- London, England

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* Creator/WilliamShatner's speech--really, speech, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr_wKHwT1Ck as shown here]]. Really, that entire closing ceremony was a cavalcade of hilarious self-parody.

!!2012 Summer Games -- London, England
self-parody.
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[[folder:London 2012]]



** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation...and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace[[note]]He takes a cab![[/note]], he wakes up to find the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, and everyone is staring at him. The conductor--highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]--scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.
** [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen The Queen]] parachuting out a helicopter with Film/JamesBond. And American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently convinced it was real!

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** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation...and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace[[note]]He foot-race[[note]]Specifically, he takes a cab![[/note]], cab[[/note]], he wakes up to find that the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, song and everyone is staring at him. The conductor--highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]--scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.
** [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen The Queen]] parachuting out a helicopter with Film/JamesBond. And American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently convinced it was real!



** Creator/DanielCraig looking absolutely bemused at the Churchill statue waving at him, especially the part where he follows the Queen after being escorted to her office.
** There's something just so cracktactic about 20xMaryPoppins defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]...especially since if the music was any indication we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...

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** Creator/DanielCraig looking absolutely bemused at the Churchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill statue waving at him, especially the part where he follows the Queen after being escorted to her office.
** There's something just so cracktactic about 20xMaryPoppins 20x{{Mary Poppins}} defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]...especially since since, if the music was any indication indication, we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...



* Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, Robert Harting from Germany cranks a HulkHogan before doing a victory lap ''by clearing the hurdles.'' [[http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/discus-champ-lights-olympic-stadium-hilarious-celebration-210641728.html It's just as hilarious as it sounds]]. He then went in to London to celebrate...and had to spend the night in a unnamed railway station after he had his accreditation nicked.
* "Games Maker" Rachel Onasanwo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcmoRy444MY decided to do her job]] entirely in DeadpanSnarker mode, becoming an internet and eventually TV star in the process.
* The Chinese figured out [[ThrowingTheFight if they lost their first badminton match, they would have easier competition]] and make sure only the Chinese teams would make it to the finals. The South Koreans figured this out, and decided to do the same, causing some hilariously bad matches. This was quickly found out--as it turns out, highly competitive athletes tend to be pretty bad at and obvious about trying to lose--and [[SpringtimeForHitler led to one Chinese team and two South Korean teams being disqualified]], which gave everyone else some cause for ''{{Schadenfreude}}''.
* [[http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/08/irishman-gives-expert-olympic-sailing-commentary-video/ This commentary]] on a sailing race by someone who has no idea what's going on. He just makes sarcastic remarks about everything, until he realizes the race not ending, but starting.
* [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] performing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiu0lYQIPqE "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life"]] at the closing ceremony. In the middle of the performance, ''Bollywood dancers crash in and do a performance, all the while dousing Idle with colored dust.'' It has to be seen to be believed. Of course, [[AudienceParticipationSong the audience even joins in]].
* There is a Chilean MemeticMutation about ''La princesa caballo''[[labelnote:Translation]]''The horse princess''[[/labelnote]], [[http://vidayestilo.terra.cl/mujer/descubre-el-mito-de-la-princesa-a-caballo,d3c19b3d776e7310VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html born from a sort-of prank by soccer fans]][[note]]The link is in Spanish[[/note]]. Well, when a local TV station was covering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics the equestrian events]] and Princess Anne's daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zara_Phillips Lady Zara Phillips]] showed up...guess what one of the commenters started shouting?
* In the 10m Platform event in the Diving, Qiu Bo reacted to winning silver by wailing and banging his fist against a wall. Tom Daley's reaction to winning bronze? He--and ''his friends''--jumped into the pool.
* The Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremony was carried out to a backing of iconic British music. What starts playing when Fiji comes out? ''Staying Alive''...by Music/TheBeeGees.
* Not concerning The Games themselves but the promoters. When planning on what famous British celebrities to have appear at the Opening Ceremonies, they actually considered having ''Keith Moon'' of TheWho to preform....Keith Moon has been ''dead'' since 1978!

!!2014 Winter Games -- Sochi, Russia
* The men's hockey semi-final between the US and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago[[note]]The home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides[[/note]]. It was a very simple bet--the loser keeps Music/JustinBieber.
** Updated the next day after the US lost: an eagle wearing a gold chain saying "Belieber." The caption? "Worst bet ever."
* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd done so splendidly on everything else. The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment...just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out! Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured they'd make fun of themselves as well; at the closing ceremonies, groups of ballerinas portrayed the snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].

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* Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, German Robert Harting from Germany cranks a HulkHogan Wrestling/HulkHogan before doing a victory lap ''by clearing the hurdles.'' hurdles''. [[http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/discus-champ-lights-olympic-stadium-hilarious-celebration-210641728.html It's just as hilarious as it sounds]]. He then went in to London to celebrate...and had to spend the night in a unnamed railway station after he had his accreditation nicked.
* "Games Maker" Rachel Onasanwo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcmoRy444MY decided to do her job]] entirely in DeadpanSnarker mode, becoming an internet Internet and eventually TV star in the process.
* The Chinese figured out that [[ThrowingTheFight if they lost their first badminton match, they would have easier competition]] and make sure only the Chinese teams would make it to the finals. The South Koreans figured this out, out and decided to do the same, causing some hilariously bad matches. This was quickly found out--as it turns out, highly competitive athletes tend to be pretty bad at at, and quite obvious about about, trying to lose--and [[SpringtimeForHitler it led to one Chinese team and two South Korean teams being disqualified]], which gave everyone else some cause for ''{{Schadenfreude}}''.
* [[http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/08/irishman-gives-expert-olympic-sailing-commentary-video/ This commentary]] on a sailing race by someone who has no idea what's going on. He just makes sarcastic remarks about everything, until he realizes the race was not ending, ''ending'', but starting.
''starting''.
* [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] Creator/EricIdle performing [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiu0lYQIPqE "Always Always Look On on the Bright Side of Life"]] at Life]]" from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' in the closing ceremony. In the middle of the performance, ''Bollywood Bollywood dancers crash ''crash in and do a performance, performance'', all the while dousing Idle with colored dust.'' dust. It has to be seen to be believed. Of course, [[AudienceParticipationSong the audience even joins in]].
* There is a Chilean MemeticMutation about ''La princesa caballo''[[labelnote:Translation]]''The horse princess''[[/labelnote]], Princesa Caballo''[[labelnote:Translation]]''The Horse Princess''[[/labelnote]], [[http://vidayestilo.terra.cl/mujer/descubre-el-mito-de-la-princesa-a-caballo,d3c19b3d776e7310VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html born from a sort-of prank by soccer fans]][[note]]The link is in Spanish[[/note]]. Well, when When a local TV station was covering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics the equestrian events]] and Princess Anne's daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zara_Phillips Lady Zara Phillips]] showed up...up, guess what one of the commenters commentators started shouting?
* In the 10m Platform platform event in the Diving, diving, Qiu Bo reacted to winning silver by wailing and banging his fist against a wall. Tom Daley's reaction to winning bronze? He--and ''his friends''--jumped into the pool.
* The Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremony opening ceremony was carried out to a backing of iconic British music. What starts playing when Fiji comes out? ''Staying Alive''...by Music/TheBeeGees.
* Not concerning The the Games themselves themselves, but rather the promoters. When planning on what trying to decide which famous British celebrities to have should appear at in the Opening Ceremonies, opening ceremony, they actually considered having ''Keith Moon'' of TheWho Music/TheWho to preform....perform. The problem is, Keith Moon has been ''dead'' since 1978!

!!2014 Winter Games -- Sochi, Russia
1978!
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[[folder:Sochi 2014]]
* The men's hockey semi-final semi-finals between the US U.S. and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago[[note]]The home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides[[/note]]. It was a very simple bet--the loser keeps Music/JustinBieber.
** Updated the next day after the US U.S. lost: an An eagle wearing a gold chain saying "Belieber." The caption? "Worst bet ever."
* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, ceremony, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter Website/{{Twitter}} as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd who had done so splendidly on everything else. The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment...just moment--just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out! Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured [[SelfDeprecation they'd make fun of themselves themselves]] as well; at well: In the closing ceremonies, ceremony, groups of ballerinas portrayed the five snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].




!!2016 Summer Games -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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[[folder:Rio
de Janeiro, BrazilJaneiro 2016]]



* Hope Solo [[http://a.fssta.com/content/dam/fsdigital/fscom/Soccer/images/2016/07/22/072216-Soccer-Olympics-Hope-Solo-bug-spray-Zika.vresize.1200.675.high.76.jpg posted some]] ComicalOverreacting about mosquito disease. In response, the Brazilians not only jeered her--as expected for [[OpposingSportsTeam the U.S. team]]--but also made sure that every free kick of hers had a chant of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-DRkuDtVg "ZIKA!"]].
* In the basketball match between the USA and China, the Dream Team decides on who will execute free shoots...via [[http://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/2016-rio-olympics-basketball-usa-plays-rock-paper-scissors-and-defeats-china a game of rock-paper-scissors]].

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* Hope Solo [[http://a.fssta.com/content/dam/fsdigital/fscom/Soccer/images/2016/07/22/072216-Soccer-Olympics-Hope-Solo-bug-spray-Zika.vresize.1200.675.high.76.jpg posted some]] ComicalOverreacting about mosquito disease.the Zika virus. In response, the Brazilians not only jeered her--as expected for [[OpposingSportsTeam the U.S. team]]--but they also made sure that every free kick of hers had a chant of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-DRkuDtVg "ZIKA!"]].
* In the basketball match between the USA U.S. and China, the Dream Team DreamTeam decides on who will execute free shoots...via [[http://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/2016-rio-olympics-basketball-usa-plays-rock-paper-scissors-and-defeats-china a game of rock-paper-scissors]].



* Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui twice had the third best time in the 100m backstroke, in the semifinals and the finals...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEEgApvGm7w only knowing it]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5_EUhsB0Y4 when a reporter told her so]] as she is short-sighted and unable to read the scoreboard from the pool. She also gives {{Adorkable}} [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fu-yuanhui-olympics_us_57aa0ecae4b0ba7ed23da025 post-swim interviews and makes funny faces at]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG0e2SrcUXg her podium ceremonies]].

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* Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui twice had the third best time in the 100m backstroke, in the semifinals semi-finals and the finals...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEEgApvGm7w only knowing it]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5_EUhsB0Y4 when a reporter told her so]] so]], as she is short-sighted and unable to read the scoreboard from the pool. She also gives {{Adorkable}} [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fu-yuanhui-olympics_us_57aa0ecae4b0ba7ed23da025 post-swim interviews and makes funny faces at]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG0e2SrcUXg her podium ceremonies]].



* During the men's 200m butterfly final, Canadian commentator Elliotte Friedman got Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's lanes mixed up and consequently narrated the entire final as if ''Lochte'' was having the swim of his life. Whoops!
* Everywhere it was noted how the Brazilian crowd was rousy, cheering loudly in every sport like it was a football game--especially when their own were competing--and eventually finding some underdogs to support. One particularly funny example involves Ecuatorian boxer Carlos Mina, whose surname led to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMj8UC5Mig an old hit]] [[https://twitter.com/naosalvo/status/764121352978726916 becoming a]] CrowdSong--and probably helping Mina win two fights.

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* During the men's 200m butterfly final, final in swimming, Canadian commentator Elliotte Friedman got Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's lanes mixed up and consequently narrated the entire final as if ''Lochte'' was having the swim of his life. Whoops!
* Everywhere it was noted how the Brazilian crowd was rousy, crowds were rowdy, cheering loudly in every sport like it was a football game--especially when their own teams were competing--and eventually finding some underdogs to support. One particularly funny example involves Ecuatorian boxer Carlos Mina, whose surname led to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMj8UC5Mig an old hit]] [[https://twitter.com/naosalvo/status/764121352978726916 becoming a]] CrowdSong--and probably helping Mina win two fights.



* For some reason, fencing loves using [[Franchise/StarWars The Imperial March]] to bring the fencers in. And volleyball used the song to score challenges against referee decisions.
* After Joseph Schooling won the 100m men's butterfly, many more people around the world[[note]]This not being an entirely new joke for Singaporeans[[/note]] started punning on his surname with statements like "Michael Phelps got schooled." [[https://www.facebook.com/moesingapore/posts/10155033693532004 Singapore's Ministry of Education also jumped on the pun bandwagon when responding to Singaporeans asking for a public holiday to celebrate the country's first-ever gold medal]][[note]]Not that there would have been a holiday anyway if Joseph had a different surname or if the first gold medallist was someone else[[/note]].
* Usain Bolt finds time to ''[[https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cVVR09O3Jc6R8ql9eR-AD2ls6Xc=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6938711/1.0.png smile to the camera]]'' in the middle of his 100m semifinal race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after winning the 200m.
* Andy Murray, after winning gold, accidentally breaks his Rio ornament during the medal ceremony and [[https://twitter.com/AmyFetherolf/status/764988539771551745 tries to hide the evidence behind his back]].
** Similarly, one of the presenters at the gold medal ceremony for men's basketball dropped and broke one of the trophies, to hilarious reaction from the players. Carmelo Anthony ended up the man without.
* After winning the gold medal match for in Women's Freestyle 63k in wrestling, Risako Kawai [[http://weloveshortvideos.com/post/149177883118/risakokuwai-of-japan-celebrates-winning-the-gold flips her coach onto the mat twice, then carries him on her shoulders in a lap around the ring]].
* Brazil-Australia was a tense football game only decided in the shootouts. [[https://vine.co/v/5hzKzvr1BO9 Just see what it did to Aussie captain Lisa De]] [[https://twitter.com/lisadevanna11/status/765656329079980032 Vanna]].

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* For some reason, fencing loves using [[Franchise/StarWars The Imperial March]] to bring the fencers in. And volleyball Volleyball used the song to score challenges against referee decisions.
* After Joseph Schooling won the 100m men's butterfly, 100m butterfly final in swimming, many more people around the world[[note]]This not being an entirely new joke for Singaporeans[[/note]] started punning on his surname with statements like "Michael Phelps got schooled." [[https://www.facebook.com/moesingapore/posts/10155033693532004 Singapore's Ministry of Education also jumped on the pun bandwagon when responding to Singaporeans asking for a public holiday to celebrate the country's first-ever gold medal]][[note]]Not that there would have been a holiday anyway if Joseph had a different surname or if the first gold medallist was someone else[[/note]].
* Usain Bolt finds time to ''[[https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cVVR09O3Jc6R8ql9eR-AD2ls6Xc=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6938711/1.0.png smile to the camera]]'' in the middle of his 100m semifinal semi-finals race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after winning the 200m.
* Andy Murray, after winning gold, the gold medal, accidentally breaks his Rio ornament during the medal ceremony and [[https://twitter.com/AmyFetherolf/status/764988539771551745 tries to hide the evidence behind his back]].
** Similarly, one of the presenters at the gold medal ceremony for men's basketball dropped and broke one of the trophies, to with hilarious reaction reactions from the players. Carmelo Anthony ended up being the man without.
* After winning the gold medal match for in Women's Freestyle 63k in wrestling, Risako Kawai [[http://weloveshortvideos.com/post/149177883118/risakokuwai-of-japan-celebrates-winning-the-gold flips her coach onto the mat twice, then carries him on her shoulders in a lap around the ring]].
* Brazil-Australia The Brazil vs. Australia Women's Soccer knockout match was a tense football game that was only decided in the shootouts. [[https://vine.co/v/5hzKzvr1BO9 Just see what it did to Aussie captain Lisa De]] [[https://twitter.com/lisadevanna11/status/765656329079980032 Vanna]].



* Mongolian wrestler Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran losing out on the bronze medal because of an early celebration causing him to get penalized for evading the grapple was not very funny. His coaches reacting to the judges' denial of their protests by flying into a rage and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKXikW5gwo stripping off their clothes, in one case all the way down to the skivvies]], on the other hand? ''[[NakedPeopleAreFunny Hilarious]].''
** Also, given there was no way to throw contest flags, [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/08/olympic-wrestling-is-using-a-stuffed-animal-for-its-challenge-flag the coaches were tossing plushies of mascot Vinicius to argue with the referees!]]

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* Mongolian wrestler Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran losing out on the bronze medal because of an early celebration causing him to get penalized for evading the grapple was not very funny. His coaches reacting to the judges' denial of their protests by flying into a rage and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKXikW5gwo stripping off their clothes, in one case all the way down to the skivvies]], on the other hand? ''[[NakedPeopleAreFunny Hilarious]].''
Hilarious]]''.
** Also, given considering there was no way to throw contest flags, [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/08/olympic-wrestling-is-using-a-stuffed-animal-for-its-challenge-flag the coaches were tossing plushies of mascot Vinicius to argue with the referees!]]referees]]!



* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at the Closing Ceremonies had a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]][[note]]Complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]][[/note]] and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium[[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the 1980s and 1990s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat and clothes]]. The video also includes appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan[[note]]Both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances[[/note]], and Franchise/HelloKitty.
** Nintendo later [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-08-23/buzzfeed-japan-international-recognition-kept-pokemon-out-of-olympics-closing-ceremony/.105528 admitted]] they chose Mario to use over any other franchise partly because he's ''still'' the most recognizable face of Nintendo, and partly because they couldn't resist the 'Ma'''RIO'''' pun.

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* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at in the Closing Ceremonies had closing ceremony has a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, traffic and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]][[note]]Complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]][[/note]] and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium[[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the 1980s and 1990s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat and clothes]]. The video also includes appearances form from Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan[[note]]Both his VideoGame/PacMan[[note]]In both its original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances[[/note]], and Franchise/HelloKitty.
** Nintendo later [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-08-23/buzzfeed-japan-international-recognition-kept-pokemon-out-of-olympics-closing-ceremony/.105528 admitted]] that they chose Mario to use Mario over any other franchise franchise, partly because he's ''still'' the most recognizable face of Nintendo, and partly because they couldn't resist the 'Ma'''RIO'''' pun.


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* Not concerning The Games themselves but the promoters. When planning on what famous British celebrities to have appear at the Opening Ceremonies, they actually considered having ''Keith Moon'' of TheWho to preform....Keith Moon has been ''dead'' since 1978!
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* During a dinner honoring the winners, the Crown Prince of Greece asked Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimming, where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós answered "[[MathematiciansAnswer In the water]]".
* When Australian Edwin Flack won gold in the 1500 metres, since Australia was still a British colony at the time, there was no Australian flag, and officials didn't have any of the colonial flags. So, at the medal ceremony, they ended up raising the Austrian flag.

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* During a dinner honoring the winners, the Crown Prince of Greece asked Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimming, where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós answered "[[MathematiciansAnswer In the water]]".
water]]."
* When Australian Edwin Flack won gold in the 1500 metres, 1500m, since Australia was still a British colony at the time, there was no Australian flag, and officials didn't have any of the colonial flags. So, at the medal ceremony, they ended up raising the Austrian flag.



** Commentator Scott Hamilton (the 1984 gold medalist in men's figure skating) later admitted that the reason he stopped talking about halfway through is because he was laughing so much.

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** Commentator Scott Hamilton (the Hamilton, the 1984 gold medalist in men's figure skating) skating, later admitted that the reason he stopped talking about halfway through is because he was laughing so much.



* The Brazilian airing of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony was unintentionally hilarious, due to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, pretty much the best basketball player Brazil's ever had, who spent the ''entire ceremony'' complaining about how he regretted refusing to carry the Brazilian flag when he was offered (in 1996) because he needed to rest for the game the following day. The game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even him''.
** Galvão Bueno, narrator of that ceremony and most sports in that network, also makes most of his transmission unintentionally hilarious (and/or obnoxious) due to his tendency of [[CaptainObvious obviousness]] ("went to the ground and fell!") and trying to show his smartness ("without omelette, nobody does eggs", "his disposition is very high, he looks like a caged lion").
* At the closing ceremony: London's 8 minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].

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* The Brazilian airing of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony was unintentionally hilarious, due to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, pretty much the best basketball player Brazil's ever had, who spent the ''entire ceremony'' complaining about how he regretted refusing to carry the Brazilian flag when he was offered (in 1996) in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics because he needed to rest for the game the following day. The game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even him''.
** Galvão Bueno, narrator of that ceremony and most sports in that network, also makes most of his transmission unintentionally hilarious (and/or obnoxious) and/or obnoxious, due to his tendency of [[CaptainObvious obviousness]] ("went obviousness]]--"went to the ground and fell!") and fell!"--and trying to show his smartness ("without smartness--"without omelette, nobody does eggs", eggs"; "his disposition is very high, he looks like a caged lion").
lion."
* At the closing ceremony: London's 8 eight minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].



* Canadian ice dancing gold medalists Virtue and Moir's funny showcase performance, which appeared to be a {{homage}} to teen movies (he was a(n ice) [[Music/AvrilLavigne Sk8erBoi]], she did ballet...)
* The closing ceremony, where in addition to the usual impressive ceremony there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks (wearing hastily-added gold medals!), and hockey players to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.

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* Canadian ice dancing gold medalists Virtue and Moir's funny showcase performance, which appeared to be a {{homage}} to teen movies (he movies. He was a(n ice) [[Music/AvrilLavigne Sk8erBoi]], she did ballet...)
ballet...
* The closing ceremony, where in addition to the usual impressive ceremony there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks (wearing lumberjacks[[note]]Wearing hastily-added gold medals!), medals![[/note]] and hockey players to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.



* A number of Canadian comedians expressing the country's appreciation towards their guests, including Creator/MichaelJFox heartwarmingly declaring everybody as honorary Canadians--which he then claims means that Canada won every gold medal of the games.

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* A number of Canadian comedians expressing the country's appreciation towards their guests, including Creator/MichaelJFox heartwarmingly declaring everybody as honorary Canadians--which he then claims means that Canada won every gold medal of the games.Games.



* Most of Creator/DannyBoyle's opening ceremony, which was called "wacky", "off-the-wall", and "bonkers" in many quarters.
** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation...and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace (he takes a cab!), he wakes up to find the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, and everyone is staring at him. The conductor (highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]!) scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.

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* Most of Creator/DannyBoyle's opening ceremony, which was called "wacky", "off-the-wall", "wacky," "off-the-wall," and "bonkers" in many quarters.
** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation...and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace (he footrace[[note]]He takes a cab!), cab![[/note]], he wakes up to find the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, and everyone is staring at him. The conductor (highly conductor--highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]!) scrunches Rattle]]--scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.



** There's something just so cracktactic about MaryPoppins (times 20) defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]...especially since if the music was any indication we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...

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** There's something just so cracktactic about MaryPoppins (times 20) 20xMaryPoppins defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]...especially since if the music was any indication we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...



* There is a Chilean MemeticMutation about ''la princesa caballo'' (''the horse princess''), [[http://vidayestilo.terra.cl/mujer/descubre-el-mito-de-la-princesa-a-caballo,d3c19b3d776e7310VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html born from a sort-of prank by soccer fans]]. (Link's in Spanish). Well, when a local TV station was covering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics the equestrian events]] and Princess Anne's daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zara_Phillips Lady Zara Phillips]] showed up...guess what one of the commenters started shouting?

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* There is a Chilean MemeticMutation about ''la ''La princesa caballo'' (''the caballo''[[labelnote:Translation]]''The horse princess''), princess''[[/labelnote]], [[http://vidayestilo.terra.cl/mujer/descubre-el-mito-de-la-princesa-a-caballo,d3c19b3d776e7310VgnVCM4000009bcceb0aRCRD.html born from a sort-of prank by soccer fans]]. (Link's fans]][[note]]The link is in Spanish).Spanish[[/note]]. Well, when a local TV station was covering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_at_the_2012_Summer_Olympics the equestrian events]] and Princess Anne's daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zara_Phillips Lady Zara Phillips]] showed up...guess what one of the commenters started shouting?



* The men's hockey semi-final between the US and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago (home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides). It was a very simple bet--the loser keeps Music/JustinBieber.

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* The men's hockey semi-final between the US and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago (home Chicago[[note]]The home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides).sides[[/note]]. It was a very simple bet--the loser keeps Music/JustinBieber.



* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd done so splendidly on everything else. (The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment...just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out!) Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured they'd make fun of themselves as well; at the closing ceremonies, groups of ballerinas portrayed the snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].

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* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd done so splendidly on everything else. (The The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment...just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out!) out! Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured they'd make fun of themselves as well; at the closing ceremonies, groups of ballerinas portrayed the snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].



* The opening ceremony had cylists before every delegation. A few were [[https://twitter.com/LeonaDivaa/status/761723278935388160 hilariously]] [[https://twitter.com/Aguinaldinho/status/761737427438407680 chill]] about it.
* Hope Solo [[http://a.fssta.com/content/dam/fsdigital/fscom/Soccer/images/2016/07/22/072216-Soccer-Olympics-Hope-Solo-bug-spray-Zika.vresize.1200.675.high.76.jpg posted some]] ComicalOverreacting about mosquito disease. In response, the Brazilians not only jeered her (as expected for [[OpposingSportsTeam the U.S. team]]) but made sure every free kick of hers had a chant of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-DRkuDtVg "ZIKA!"]].

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* The opening ceremony had cylists cyclists before every delegation. A few were [[https://twitter.com/LeonaDivaa/status/761723278935388160 hilariously]] [[https://twitter.com/Aguinaldinho/status/761737427438407680 chill]] about it.
* Hope Solo [[http://a.fssta.com/content/dam/fsdigital/fscom/Soccer/images/2016/07/22/072216-Soccer-Olympics-Hope-Solo-bug-spray-Zika.vresize.1200.675.high.76.jpg posted some]] ComicalOverreacting about mosquito disease. In response, the Brazilians not only jeered her (as her--as expected for [[OpposingSportsTeam the U.S. team]]) but team]]--but also made sure that every free kick of hers had a chant of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-DRkuDtVg "ZIKA!"]].



* The members of Team Fiji's men's rugby sevens team [[TheBigGuy are very tall]], and they're on the top podium. So what do they do? They get on their knees to get the medals put on their necks (by Princess Anne, no less!).

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* The members of Team Fiji's men's rugby sevens team [[TheBigGuy are very tall]], and they're on the top podium. So what do they do? They get on their knees to get the medals put on their necks (by necks--by Princess Anne, no less!).less!



* Everywhere it was noted how the Brazilian crowd was rousy, cheering loudly in every sport like it was a football game--especially when their own were competing--and eventually finding some underdogs to support. One particularly funny example involves Ecuatorian boxer Carlos Mina, whose surname led to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMj8UC5Mig an old hit]] [[https://twitter.com/naosalvo/status/764121352978726916 becoming a]] CrowdSong (and probably helping Mina win two fights).

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* Everywhere it was noted how the Brazilian crowd was rousy, cheering loudly in every sport like it was a football game--especially when their own were competing--and eventually finding some underdogs to support. One particularly funny example involves Ecuatorian boxer Carlos Mina, whose surname led to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmMj8UC5Mig an old hit]] [[https://twitter.com/naosalvo/status/764121352978726916 becoming a]] CrowdSong (and CrowdSong--and probably helping Mina win two fights).fights.



* After Joseph Schooling won the 100m men's butterfly, many more people around the world (this not being an entirely new joke for Singaporeans) started punning on his surname with statements like "Michael Phelps got schooled." [[https://www.facebook.com/moesingapore/posts/10155033693532004 Singapore's Ministry of Education also jumped on the pun bandwagon when responding to Singaporeans asking for a public holiday to celebrate the country's first-ever gold medal]] (not that there would have been a holiday anyway if Joseph had a different surname or if the first gold medallist was someone else).
* Usain Bolt finds time to ''[[https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cVVR09O3Jc6R8ql9eR-AD2ls6Xc=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6938711/1.0.png smile to the camera]]'' in the middle of his [=100m=] semifinal race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after winning the 200m.

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* After Joseph Schooling won the 100m men's butterfly, many more people around the world (this world[[note]]This not being an entirely new joke for Singaporeans) Singaporeans[[/note]] started punning on his surname with statements like "Michael Phelps got schooled." [[https://www.facebook.com/moesingapore/posts/10155033693532004 Singapore's Ministry of Education also jumped on the pun bandwagon when responding to Singaporeans asking for a public holiday to celebrate the country's first-ever gold medal]] (not medal]][[note]]Not that there would have been a holiday anyway if Joseph had a different surname or if the first gold medallist was someone else).
else[[/note]].
* Usain Bolt finds time to ''[[https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/cVVR09O3Jc6R8ql9eR-AD2ls6Xc=/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/6938711/1.0.png smile to the camera]]'' in the middle of his [=100m=] 100m semifinal race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after winning the 200m.



* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at the Closing Ceremonies had a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]]) and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium[[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the '80s and '90s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat (and clothes)]]. The video also includes appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan (both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances), and Franchise/HelloKitty.

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* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at the Closing Ceremonies had a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (complete Mario]][[note]]Complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]]) effects]][[/note]] and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium[[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the '80s 1980s and '90s[[/note]].1990s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat (and clothes)]]. and clothes]]. The video also includes appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan (both VideoGame/PacMan[[note]]Both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances), appearances[[/note]], and Franchise/HelloKitty.
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* The men's hockey semi-final between the US and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago (home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides). It was a very simple bet--loser keeps [[JustinBieber Bieber]].

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* The men's hockey semi-final between the US and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicago (home of the Blackhawks, who had a player on both sides). It was a very simple bet--loser bet--the loser keeps [[JustinBieber Bieber]].Music/JustinBieber.
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* Arguably somewhere between funny and a MomentOfAwesome, but during the introduction of the Tin Symphony we have what looks like a giant metal DRAGON entering the stadium.

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* Arguably somewhere Somewhere between funny Funny and a MomentOfAwesome, but Awesome, during the introduction of the Tin Symphony we have what looks like a giant metal DRAGON ''dragon'' entering the stadium.



* In the 1000 m short track speed skating, a big crash led to all the athletes falling except for Steve Bradbury of Australia, who was too far behind everyone else. Because of this Bradbury, who was only in the finals because of ''another'' crash in the semis, wound up winning the gold! Bradbury has since become part of the Australian dictionary for "a fortuitous event".

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* In the 1000 m 1000m short track speed skating, a big crash led to all the athletes falling except for Steve Bradbury of Australia, who was too far behind everyone else. Because of this Bradbury, who was only in the finals because of ''another'' crash in the semis, wound up winning the gold! Bradbury has since become part of the Australian dictionary for "a fortuitous event".event."



* At the closing ceremony -- London's 8 minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].
** For that matter, David Beckham kicking off a football in said closing ceremony - and hitting a guy on the head.

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* At the closing ceremony -- ceremony: London's 8 minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a flag, funny. That was just the start of eight minutes of simultaneous mass charm, hilarity, weirdness and cheese. Words can't describe it... [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7577999.stm Just watch it]].
** For that matter, David Beckham kicking off a football in said closing ceremony - ceremony...and hitting a guy on the head.



--->Wiff-waff is coming home!
** There was much speculation as to who the music performance would be by -- The Doors, Queen, etc. On the big night, the commentary went like this:
--->"Is that...Leona Lewis?"

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--->Wiff-waff --->"Wiff-waff is coming home!
home!"
** There was much speculation as to who the music performance would be by -- by: The Doors, Queen, etc. On the big night, the commentary went like this:
--->"Is that...Leona Lewis?"Music/LeonaLewis?"



* The closing ceremony, where in addition to the usual impressive ceremony there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks (wearing hastily-added gold medals!), and hockey players to oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.

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* The closing ceremony, where in addition to the usual impressive ceremony there was a menagerie of humorous Canadian stereotypes ranging from mounties, beavers, lumberjacks (wearing hastily-added gold medals!), and hockey players to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.



** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation... and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace (he takes a cab!), he wakes up to find the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, and everyone is staring at him. The conductor (highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]!) scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.

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** Creator/RowanAtkinson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwzjlmBLfrQ quasi-Mr. Bean segment]]. The ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' theme starts with all the drama and seriousness one would expect from the situation... and then the camera pans over to him sitting at the keyboard, clearly bored that his part only involves hitting the same "pulse" note over and over. He manages to take out his phone to take a picture, sneeze ''and'' play the keyboard with an umbrella so he can get a tissue out of his backpack, and then falls asleep, dreaming himself into the movie's "running on the beach" opening sequence. After cheating to win the footrace (he takes a cab!), he wakes up to find the rest of the orchestra has finished the song, and everyone is staring at him. The conductor (highly respected conductor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Rattle Sir Simon Rattle]]!) scrunches a hilariously displeased expression and signals for the final notes. So he does so, only to hit one messed-up note at the end.



** There's something just so cracktactic about MaryPoppins (times 20) defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]... especially since if the music was any indication we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...

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** There's something just so cracktactic about MaryPoppins (times 20) defeating a giant [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]... especially since if the music was any indication we were ''supposed'' to take it dead seriously. British humor is like that. ''They're'' sure, but you're never quite sure...



* Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, Robert Harting from Germany cranks a HulkHogan before doing a victory lap ''by clearing the hurdles.'' [[http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/discus-champ-lights-olympic-stadium-hilarious-celebration-210641728.html It's just as hilarious as it sounds]]. He then went in to London to celebrate - and had to spend the night in a unnamed railway station after he had his accreditation nicked.

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* Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, Robert Harting from Germany cranks a HulkHogan before doing a victory lap ''by clearing the hurdles.'' [[http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/discus-champ-lights-olympic-stadium-hilarious-celebration-210641728.html It's just as hilarious as it sounds]]. He then went in to London to celebrate - celebrate...and had to spend the night in a unnamed railway station after he had his accreditation nicked.



* The Chinese figured out [[ThrowingTheFight if they lost their first badminton match, they would have easier competition]] and make sure only the Chinese teams would make it to the finals. The South Koreans figured this out, and decided to do the same, causing some hilariously bad matches. This was quickly found out -- as it turns out, highly competitive athletes tend to be pretty bad at and obvious about trying to lose -- and [[SpringtimeForHitler led to one Chinese team and two South Korean teams being disqualified]], which gave everyone else some cause for ''{{Schadenfreude}}''.

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* The Chinese figured out [[ThrowingTheFight if they lost their first badminton match, they would have easier competition]] and make sure only the Chinese teams would make it to the finals. The South Koreans figured this out, and decided to do the same, causing some hilariously bad matches. This was quickly found out -- as out--as it turns out, highly competitive athletes tend to be pretty bad at and obvious about trying to lose -- and lose--and [[SpringtimeForHitler led to one Chinese team and two South Korean teams being disqualified]], which gave everyone else some cause for ''{{Schadenfreude}}''.



* In the 10m Platform event in the Diving, Qiu Bo reacted to winning silver by wailing and banging his fist against a wall. Tom Daley's reaction to winning bronze? He - and ''his friends'' - jumped into the pool.

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* In the 10m Platform event in the Diving, Qiu Bo reacted to winning silver by wailing and banging his fist against a wall. Tom Daley's reaction to winning bronze? He - and He--and ''his friends'' - jumped friends''--jumped into the pool.



** Updated the next day after the US lost: an eagle wearing a gold chain saying "Belieber". The caption? "Worst bet ever."
* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd done so splendidly on everything else. (The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment... just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out!) Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured they'd make fun of themselves as well; at the closing ceremonies, groups of ballerinas portrayed the snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].

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** Updated the next day after the US lost: an eagle wearing a gold chain saying "Belieber". "Belieber." The caption? "Worst bet ever."
* A technical malfunction prevented the fifth Olympic ring from opening out of its snowflake during the opening ceremonies, as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over twitter as #ringfail, badly frustrating the organizers who'd done so splendidly on everything else. (The rings' first appearance in the ceremony is an extremely important, glorious moment... just imagine if the forged rings at London hadn't worked out!) Since everyone else was making fun of them, the organizers figured they'd make fun of themselves as well; at the closing ceremonies, groups of ballerinas portrayed the snowflakes, and amid thunderous applause and laughter, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-qO1AfdbmY the last snowflake finally deployed]].



* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at the Closing Ceremonies had a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]]) and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium]][[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the '80s and '90s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat (and clothes)]]. The video also includes appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan (both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances), and Franchise/HelloKitty.

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* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics at the Closing Ceremonies had a skit where [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePoliticalSystem Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe]] is stuck in traffic, and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time. So he turns himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]]) and gets assisted by Anime/{{Doraemon}} who builds, in the middle of the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, a Warp Pipe with a drilling component similar to the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''[[DiggingToChina burrow through the earth's core]]'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium]][[note]]Which Stadium[[note]]Which becomes [[{{Irony}} doubly funny]] when you realize that Brazil was fiercely loyal to Nintendo's arch-rival Creator/{{Sega}} during the console wars of the '80s and '90s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDICHp07I8 through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, still wearing Mario's hat (and clothes)]]. The video also includes appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan (both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances), and Franchise/HelloKitty.
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!!1896 Summer Games -- Athens, Greece.

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