Funny / Olympic Games

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    Athens 1896 
  • During a dinner honoring the winners, the Crown Prince of Greece, Constantine I, asked Alfréd Hajós, who won two gold medals in swimmingnote , where he had learned to swim so well. Hajós answered "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 at the medal ceremony, they ended up raising the Austrian flag.

    St. Louis 1904 
  • The Men's Marathon is a glorious hot mess courtesy of poor officiating and bad luck. The race was ran mostly over dirt roads, with the only "water stop" being a well eleven miles into the race. Officials and team staff had to go along the route by car, kicking up dust in the competitors' faces; William Garcia nearly died from inhaling the dust. Fred Lorz crossed the finish line first, and almost got gold, but officials soon discovered that he had given up the race at mile nine and had been riding in a car for about ten miles before re-joining the race at mile nineteen (because the car broke down), and duly disqualified him for cheating; Lorz's defense was that he was only joking, though the Amateur Athletic Union didn't find it nearly as funny and banned him for life (though he was reinstated the following year). Cuban competitor Andarín Carvajal showed up late, having lost all of his cash and belongings en route and having to cut the legs of the pants he was wearing into something approximating shorts; furthermore, while running the course, he picked some apples from a nearby orchard—which turned out to be rotten, assailing him with food poisoning; despite all of that, he finished fourth. A couple of runners were chased by dogs along the way. Finally, the winner of this blessed event, Thomas Hicks, had to be carried across the finish line and was strung out on strychnine and brandy, given by team staff to pep him up after he almost collapsed during the race. Officials allowed him through because he was still making running motions with his legs while being carried.

    Albertville 1992 
  • In a Winter Olympics where it seemed like hardly any figure skater could get through their routine without falling, this performance by France's Laetitia Hubert really takes the cake. Kudos to her for not giving up and finishing, although she looked exhausted by the end.
    • 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.
  • At the start of the second run of the four-man Bobsleigh, Unified Team member Alexandre Bortiuk slipped on the ice and dived in - and found himself going down the track the wrong way, facing one of his team mates.

    Atlanta 1996 
  • The opening ceremony had pickup trucks enter the stadium while people spelled out "How Y'all Doin?" Seriously.
  • One gymnast on the Chinese men's team paused halfway through his routine to wave to the audience, by using his foot. Doubly funny considering the reputation the Chinese have for being very straitlaced and serious.

    Sydney 2000 

    London 2012 
  • Most of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony, which was called "wacky," "off-the-wall," and "bonkers" in many quarters.
    • Rowan Atkinson's quasi-Mr. Bean segment. The Chariots of Fire 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-racenote , 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 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.
    • The Queen parachuting out a helicopter with James Bond. American viewers got the bonus of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer apparently being convinced it was real!
    • The Queen's corgis being filmed in the Shaky Cam method of the modern Bond films.
    • Daniel Craig looking bemused at the Winston 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 20xMary Poppins defeating a giant 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 and tested the connection with a self-inflicted Ass Shove.
  • Upon winning the 2012 discus throw, German Robert Harting cranks a Hulk Hogan before doing a victory lap by clearing the hurdles. 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 decided to do her job entirely in Deadpan Snarker mode, becoming an Internet and TV star in the process.
  • The Chinese figured out that 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 it led to one Chinese team and two South Korean teams being disqualified, which gave everyone else some cause for Schadenfreude.
  • 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.
  • Eric Idle performing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian 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, the audience even joins in.
  • There is a Chilean Memetic Mutation about La Princesa CaballoTranslation , born from a sort-of prank by soccer fansnote . When a local TV station was covering the equestrian events and Princess Anne's daughter 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 The Bee Gees.
  • 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 The Who to perform. The problem is, Keith Moon has been dead since 1978!

    Sochi 2014 
  • The men's hockey semi-finals between the U.S. and Canada inspired a billboard in Chicagonote . It was a very simple bet—the loser keeps Justin Bieber.
    • 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 here. This was what the media chose to focus on, and it was all over 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 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, the last snowflake finally deployed.
    • Furthermore, it's the image on the IOC website's 404 page.
  • Canadian sports talk show hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro of "Tim & Sid" reacted appropriately when the Canadian women scored the overtime goal in ice hockey for the gold medal. For additional hilarity, British television show "The Last Leg" picked up on their reaction.

    Rio de Janeiro 2016 
    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 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 "Gangnam Style"
    • 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!
  • Red Gerard won the US its first gold of the games, but getting there was hilarious, according to this article. He overslept, and then had to borrow his roommate's jacket because he couldn't find his own. Oh, and he said 'shit' on international television.
  • What are some of the athletes doing during their down time at Pyeonchang?
  • Not wanting to interrupt Shoma Uno's press talk, countryman and fellow figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu decided the appropriate action was to crawl behind him.
  • 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!
  • Norway's men's curling team-already well known for their outlandish and memetic pants-upped their game by wearing special Valentine's Day themed pants for the first day of round-robins...which was on February 14.

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