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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]]".

!!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.

!!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]].
* The guy who ran amok on a ride-on lawnmower during the opening ceremony. Briefly a national hero! Followed by this were floats that had drag queens.
** 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.
* 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.

!!2002 Winter Games -- Salt Lake City, U.S.A.
* 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".
* 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.

!!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 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]].
** 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 again, after stating that the British had invented the East Asian dominated spot 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- [[spoiler:Leona Lewis]]?

!!2010 Winter Games -- Vancouver, Canada
* Anything that involved [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]].
* 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) [[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 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 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 -- really, that entire closing ceremony was a cavalcade of hilarious self-parody.

!!2012 Summer Games -- London, England
* 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 ''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 iPhone 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.
** [[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!
*** The Queen's corgis being filmed in the ShakyCam method of the modern Bond films.
*** 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 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...
* 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, 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.]]
* "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 [[spoiler: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'' (''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?

!!2014 Winter Games -- Sochi, Russia
* 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]].
** 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]].

!!2016 Summer Games -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* The opening ceremony had cicylists 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!"]].
* 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.]]
* 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 semifinals and the finals... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YJwBSXEeBM only knowing it 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 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, 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 - specially 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).
** 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. 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 (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.
* 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]].
* [[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, given there was no way to throw contest flags, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXuuYiFthp0 the coaches were tossing plushies of mascot Vinicius to argue with the referees!]]
* [[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 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 [[spoiler: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 {{Sega}} during the console wars of the '80s and '90s[[/note]]. Then Prime Minister Abe makes his entrance [[spoiler:[[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 [[spoiler:appearances form Manga/CaptainTsubasa, VideoGame/PacMan (both his original and ''VideoGame/PacManWorld'' appearances), 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.
* [[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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