History Funny / OlympicGames

18th Feb '18 8:03:25 AM kazokuhouou
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* Norway's men's curling team-already well known for their outlandish and [[MemeticMutation memetic]] [[IconicOutfit pants]]-upped their game by [[http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/norway-mens-curling-team-continues-amazing-tradition-valentines-day-themed-pants wearing special Valentine's Day]] themed pants for the first day of round-robins...which was on February 14.
18th Feb '18 2:00:42 AM fireheart
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** As an added bonus, the kids dancing in the background had been doing fairly generic dance moves up until this point. What do they do when the chorus hits? Why, they start doing the horse galloping move of course!


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* After Australian aerial skier David Morris qualifies for the finals, the Australian reporter and colour commentator are standing in front talking about the upcoming finals. Just as the color commentator mentions David's name, he skis past them and gives a "whoop" as he does so!
17th Feb '18 2:12:41 AM Rhapsody
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** The drag queens reappeared during the closing 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, we have what looks like a giant metal ''dragon'' entering the stadium.

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** The drag queens reappeared during the closing 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 Naturallyleaves.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JVEKaaurlI "Fixing"
the significance of this event.
* Somewhere between Funny and Awesome, during the introduction
last leg of the Tin Symphony, we have what looks like a giant metal ''dragon'' entering indoor cauldron for the stadium.closing ceremony and allowing Catriona Le May Doan, the last torch bearer, to light it]].
* 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.
* Creator/WilliamShatner's speech, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr_wKHwT1Ck as shown here]]. Really, that entire closing ceremony was a cavalcade of hilarious self-parody.



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

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[[folder:Salt Lake City 2002]]
[[folder:London 2012]]
* 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 foot-race[[note]]Specifically, he takes a cab[[/note]], he wakes up to find that 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 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. American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently being [[WhatAnIdiot convinced it was real!]]
** The Queen's corgis being filmed in the ShakyCam method of the modern Bond films.
** Creator/DanielCraig looking bemused at the 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 20x{{Mary Poppins}} 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...
* In the 1000m short track speed skating, a big crash led to all 2012 fencing event, one of the athletes falling, except for Australian Steve Bradbury, who was too far behind everyone else. Because of this, Bradbury, who was only in Italians complained his hits were not registering his Korean opponent [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m81ig1cPHD1qj3nnqo1_500.gif and tested the finals because of ''another'' crash in the semi-finals, wound up connection with a self-inflicted]] AssShove.
* Upon
winning the gold medal! Bradbury has since become part of 2012 discus throw, German Robert Harting cranks a Wrestling/HulkHogan before doing a victory lap ''by clearing the Australian dictionary for "a fortuitous event."
** And
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 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 got the Chinese teams would make it to the semi-finals thanks finals. The South Koreans figured this out and decided to a disqualification.
* During
do the prelude 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 quite obvious 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'', but ''starting''.
* Creator/EricIdle performing "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiu0lYQIPqE Always Look on the Bright Side of Life]]" from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' in
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]]. 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 commentators started shouting?
* In the 10m platform event in 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 rather the promoters. When trying to decide which famous British celebrities should appear in the opening
ceremony, there were two ''massive'' animatronic dinosaur skeletons peeking above the outside they actually considered having ''Keith Moon'' of the stadium into the arena, as a reference Music/TheWho to the large number of dinosaur fossils discovered in Utah.perform. The problem is, Keith Moon has been ''dead'' since 1978!



[[folder:Athens 2004]]
* The 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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[[folder:Athens 2004]]
[[folder:Sochi 2014]]
* The men's hockey semi-finals between the U.S. Women's Soccer team commemorated its 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 U.S. lost: An eagle wearing a
gold medal win and chain saying "Belieber." The caption? "Worst bet ever."
* A technical malfunction prevented
the culmination of Mia Hamm's fifth Olympic success by singing along to ring from opening out of its snowflake during the Star-Spangled Banner at the ensuing medal opening ceremony, loudly as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtd1QxjcHDA here]]. This was what the media chose to focus on, and very much off-key.it was all over Website/{{Twitter}} as #ringfail, frustrating the organizers who had done 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 [[SelfDeprecation they'd make fun of themselves]] as well: In the closing 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]].
** Furthermore, it's the image on the IOC website's [[https://www.olympic.org/404 404 page]].



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

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[[folder:Turin 2006]]
[[folder:Rio de Janeiro 2016]]
* American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis The opening ceremony had 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 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=LZR91ogniVE demonstrating why you shouldn't com/watch?v=Ax-DRkuDtVg "ZIKA!"]].
* In the basketball match between the U.S. and China, the 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]].
* ESPN Brazil chose resident LargeHam Romulo Mendonça to broadcast volleyball. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbbYo2YJMW0 Hilarity]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIy8yEOBkXM ensued]].
* [[http://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/article_large/public/thumbnails/image/2016/08/09/12/michael-phelps-game-face.jpg Michael Phelps' Game Face]].
* Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui twice had the third best time in the 100m backstroke, in the semi-finals and 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 near-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]].
* 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!
* During the men's 200m butterfly 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 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.
** Also in boxing, when the referee was Brazilian, [[https://twitter.com/robertojsjunior/status/765764440012840960/video/1 he would]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87mUQLaQaeE be cheered]] instead of the fighters.
* For some reason, fencing loves using [[Franchise/StarWars The Imperial March]] to bring the fencers in. Volleyball used the song to score challenges against referee decisions.
* After Joseph Schooling won the men's 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 semi-finals race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after
winning the 200m.
* Andy Murray, after winning the
gold until you've actually 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, with hilarious reactions from the players. Carmelo Anthony ended up being the man without.
* After winning the gold medal for 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]].
* The Brazil vs. Australia Women's Soccer knockout match was a tense 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]].
* [[http://s2.glbimg.com/PcbTeWcrGqS0AdjKXcZ0L-kai70=/0x0:599x422/599x422/s.glbimg.com/es/ge/f/original/2016/08/13/image.jpg Japanese supporters making their flag out of a department store bag]].
* 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, 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]]!
* Spanish weight-lifter Lidia Valentín
won it]].the bronze medal in the 75kg category...and [[http://s1.eestatic.com/2016/08/12/actualidad/Actualidad_147252998_12758175_1706x960.jpg did this]].
* [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=875716192532410&set=a.154536387983731.25583.100002821113993 At one point]], Brazil was [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th]] on the medal table, with [[NumberOfTheBeast 6 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes]].
* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics in the closing ceremony has 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 from Manga/CaptainTsubasa, 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 to use Mario 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.
* [[http://time.com/4464699/rio-2016-olympics-britain-baggage-claim/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook The tweets that resulted from Team GB athletes being given identical red bags and having difficulty finding their own bag after touching down at Heathrow]].




[[folder:Beijing 2008]]
* The Brazilian airing of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony was unintentionally hilarious, due to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, one of the best basketball 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 Games, because he needed to rest for the game the following day. A game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even 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 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."[[note]]Brazilian TV has a reputation for this kind of thing. [[https://books.google.com/books?id=PM0qAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT205&lpg=PT205&dq=Heron+Domingues,+Rubens+Amaral+moon&source=bl&ots=QXvBdXu_yU&sig=_g9H3XqZmcMxNOeMIQYrtbmZVlU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF8M2U8tLYAhVLxmMKHY_4BNcQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=tv%20Tupi&f=false Their coverage of the Apollo moon landing]] was positively moronic.[[/note]]
* In the closing ceremony: London's eight minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a 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]].
** For that matter, David Beckham kicking off a football in said closing ceremony...and hitting a guy on the head.
** Later that day, Mr. Johnson stated that the British invented the East Asian-dominated sport of ping-pong with a game called "wiff-waff":
--->"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...Music/LeonaLewis?"
* How did Togolese canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti celebrate winning his country's first ever medal? By triumphantly snapping his paddle in two.

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\n[[folder:Beijing 2008]]\n[[folder:Pyeonchang 2018]]
* The Brazilian airing actual medal ceremonies are held in front of the 2008 Olympics' opening ceremony Olympic stadium in the evening. So what happens at the victory celebrations at the events themselves? They get adorable dolls of the Pyeongchang mascot Soohorang!
* The Norwegian team's catering staff [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].
* It
was unintentionally completely unsurprising but absolutely hilarious that the United States walked into the stadium to "[[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]]"
* Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but ''getting'' there was
hilarious, due according to the added commentary by Oscar Schmidt, one of the best basketball players Brazil's ever had, who spent the ''entire ceremony'' complaining about how he regretted refusing [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/winter-olympics-2018-red-gerard-winning-gold-and-cursing this]] article. He overslept, and then had to carry the Brazilian flag when he was offered in the 1996 Atlanta Games, borrow his roommate's jacket because he needed to rest for the game the following day. A game that, as he constantly reminded viewers, nobody remembered whether or not they'd won. ''Not even him''[[note]]Brazil barely beat out Puerto Rico, 101 to 98[[/note]].
** Galvão Bueno, the narrator of that ceremony
couldn't find his own. Oh, and for most sports in that network, also makes most of his transmission unintentionally hilarious and/or obnoxious, due to his tendency of [[CaptainObvious 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."[[note]]Brazilian TV has a reputation for this kind of thing. [[https://books.google.com/books?id=PM0qAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT205&lpg=PT205&dq=Heron+Domingues,+Rubens+Amaral+moon&source=bl&ots=QXvBdXu_yU&sig=_g9H3XqZmcMxNOeMIQYrtbmZVlU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF8M2U8tLYAhVLxmMKHY_4BNcQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=tv%20Tupi&f=false Their coverage said '[[https://youtu.be/m0nJr_cpYWU?t=2m39s shit]]' on international television.
* What are some
of the Apollo moon landing]] was positively moronic.[[/note]]
* In
athletes doing during their down time at Pyeonchang?
** Swiss skier Fabian Bösch [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfFq2VfAcCj/?taken-by=buhsch shows everyone they've been taking
the closing ceremony: London's eight minutes. UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson looking gormless while waving a 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]].
** For that matter, David Beckham kicking off a football in said closing ceremony...and hitting a guy on the head.
** Later that day, Mr. Johnson stated that the British invented the East Asian-dominated sport of ping-pong
escalator wrong]]. Later, along with a game called "wiff-waff":
--->"Wiff-waff is coming home!"
Swiss team head coach J.P. Furrer, [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfAo0kDAB1f/?taken-by=buhsch Bösch invents an entirely new sport]].
** There American luger Chris Mazdzer, who won the silver medal at these games, [[https://twitter.com/lagibbs84/status/962826305094864896/video/1 displays his pizza-eating skills]].
* Not wanting to interrupt Shoma Uno's press talk, countryman and fellow figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu decided the appropriate action
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...Music/LeonaLewis?"
* How did Togolese canoeist Benjamin Boukpeti celebrate winning his country's first ever medal? By triumphantly snapping his paddle in two.
[[https://twitter.com/yawning_shoma/status/964022012304875520 crawl behind him]].




[[folder:Vancouver 2010]]
* Anything that involved Creator/StephenColbert.
* 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, and hockey players[[note]]Wearing hastily-added gold medals![[/note]] to an oddly sexy woman dressed as giant maple leaves.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JVEKaaurlI "Fixing" the last leg of the indoor cauldron for the closing ceremony and allowing Catriona Le May Doan, the last torch bearer, to light it]].
* 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.
* Creator/WilliamShatner's speech, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr_wKHwT1Ck as shown here]]. Really, that entire closing ceremony was a cavalcade of hilarious self-parody.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:London 2012]]
* 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 foot-race[[note]]Specifically, he takes a cab[[/note]], he wakes up to find that 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 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. American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently being [[WhatAnIdiot convinced it was real!]]
** The Queen's corgis being filmed in the ShakyCam method of the modern Bond films.
** Creator/DanielCraig looking bemused at the 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 20x{{Mary Poppins}} 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...
* In the 2012 fencing event, one of the Italians complained his hits were not registering his Korean opponent [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m81ig1cPHD1qj3nnqo1_500.gif and tested the connection with a self-inflicted]] AssShove.
* Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, German Robert Harting cranks a Wrestling/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 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 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 quite obvious 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'', but ''starting''.
* Creator/EricIdle performing "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiu0lYQIPqE Always Look on the Bright Side of Life]]" from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' in 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]]. 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 commentators started shouting?
* In the 10m platform event in 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 rather the promoters. When trying to decide which famous British celebrities should appear in the opening ceremony, they actually considered having ''Keith Moon'' of Music/TheWho to perform. The problem is, Keith Moon has been ''dead'' since 1978!
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[[folder:Sochi 2014]]
* The men's hockey semi-finals between the 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 U.S. 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 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 Website/{{Twitter}} as #ringfail, frustrating the organizers who had done 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 [[SelfDeprecation they'd make fun of themselves]] as well: In the closing 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]].
** Furthermore, it's the image on the IOC website's [[https://www.olympic.org/404 404 page]].
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[[folder:Rio de Janeiro 2016]]
* The opening ceremony had 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 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 U.S. and China, the 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]].
* ESPN Brazil chose resident LargeHam Romulo Mendonça to broadcast volleyball. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbbYo2YJMW0 Hilarity]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIy8yEOBkXM ensued]].
* [[http://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/article_large/public/thumbnails/image/2016/08/09/12/michael-phelps-game-face.jpg Michael Phelps' Game Face]].
* Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui twice had the third best time in the 100m backstroke, in the semi-finals and 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 near-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]].
* 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!
* During the men's 200m butterfly 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 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.
** Also in boxing, when the referee was Brazilian, [[https://twitter.com/robertojsjunior/status/765764440012840960/video/1 he would]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87mUQLaQaeE be cheered]] instead of the fighters.
* For some reason, fencing loves using [[Franchise/StarWars The Imperial March]] to bring the fencers in. Volleyball used the song to score challenges against referee decisions.
* After Joseph Schooling won the men's 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 semi-finals race. And to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFD9XVpLNfs prank a reporter]] after winning the 200m.
* Andy Murray, after winning 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, with hilarious reactions from the players. Carmelo Anthony ended up being the man without.
* After winning the gold medal for 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]].
* The Brazil vs. Australia Women's Soccer knockout match was a tense 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]].
* [[http://s2.glbimg.com/PcbTeWcrGqS0AdjKXcZ0L-kai70=/0x0:599x422/599x422/s.glbimg.com/es/ge/f/original/2016/08/13/image.jpg Japanese supporters making their flag out of a department store bag]].
* 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, 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]]!
* Spanish weight-lifter Lidia Valentín won the bronze medal in the 75kg category...and [[http://s1.eestatic.com/2016/08/12/actualidad/Actualidad_147252998_12758175_1706x960.jpg did this]].
* [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=875716192532410&set=a.154536387983731.25583.100002821113993 At one point]], Brazil was [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th]] on the medal table, with [[NumberOfTheBeast 6 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes]].
* Tokyo's promotional video for the 2020 Olympics in the closing ceremony has 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 from Manga/CaptainTsubasa, 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 to use Mario 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.
* [[http://time.com/4464699/rio-2016-olympics-britain-baggage-claim/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook The tweets that resulted from Team GB athletes being given identical red bags and having difficulty finding their own bag after touching down at Heathrow]].
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[[folder:Pyeonchang 2018]]
* The actual medal ceremonies are held in front of the Olympic stadium in the evening. So what happens at the victory celebrations at the events themselves? They get adorable dolls of the Pyeongchang mascot Soohorang!
* The Norwegian team's catering staff [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].
* It was completely unsurprising but absolutely hilarious that the United States walked into the stadium to "[[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]]"
* Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but ''getting'' there was hilarious, according to [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/winter-olympics-2018-red-gerard-winning-gold-and-cursing this]] article. He overslept, and then had to borrow his roommate's jacket because he couldn't find his own. Oh, and he said '[[https://youtu.be/m0nJr_cpYWU?t=2m39s shit]]' on international television.
* What are some of the athletes doing during their down time at Pyeonchang?
** Swiss skier Fabian Bösch [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfFq2VfAcCj/?taken-by=buhsch shows everyone they've been taking the escalator wrong]]. Later, along with Swiss team head coach J.P. Furrer, [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfAo0kDAB1f/?taken-by=buhsch Bösch invents an entirely new sport]].
** American luger Chris Mazdzer, who won the silver medal at these games, [[https://twitter.com/lagibbs84/status/962826305094864896/video/1 displays his pizza-eating skills]].
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* What are some of the athletes doing during their down time at Pyeonchang?
** Swiss skier Fabian Bösch [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfFq2VfAcCj/?taken-by=buhsch shows everyone they've been taking the escalator wrong]]. Later, along with Swiss team head coach J.P. Furrer, [[https://www.instagram.com/p/BfAo0kDAB1f/?taken-by=buhsch Bösch invents an entirely new sport]].
** American luger Chris Mazdzer, who won the silver medal at these games, [[https://twitter.com/lagibbs84/status/962826305094864896/video/1 displays his pizza-eating skills]].
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* Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but ''getting'' there was hilarious, according to [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/winter-olympics-2018-red-gerard-winning-gold-and-cursing this]] article. He overslept, and then had to borrow his roommate's jacket because he couldn't find his own. Oh, and he said 'fuck' on international television.

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* Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but ''getting'' there was hilarious, according to [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/winter-olympics-2018-red-gerard-winning-gold-and-cursing this]] article. He overslept, and then had to borrow his roommate's jacket because he couldn't find his own. Oh, and he said 'fuck' '[[https://youtu.be/m0nJr_cpYWU?t=2m39s shit]]' on international television.
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* Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but ''getting'' there was hilarious, according to [[https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/winter-olympics-2018-red-gerard-winning-gold-and-cursing this]] article. He overslept, and then had to borrow his roommate's jacket because he couldn't find his own. Oh, and he said 'fuck' on international television.
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* The Norway team caterers got their Korean numbers confused, and [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].

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* The Norway team caterers got their Korean numbers confused, and Norwegian team's catering staff [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].
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* The catering team for the Norwegian delegation [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].

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* The catering Norway team for the Norwegian delegation caterers got their Korean numbers confused, and [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].
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* The catering team for the Norwegian delegation [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/norway-olympics-team-orders-15000-eggs-by-mistake-south-korea accidentally ordered 15,000 eggs instead of 1,500]].
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