For any athlete, regardless of their sport, being able to participate in the Olympics (and performing well at the various qualifying events leading up to the big games) is basically one of the biggest things that can happen to them. It’s a pinnacle of achievement, something they spend years and years of their life training for. They walk out with their teammates, other skilled athletes from their nation of origin, and hold their heads high knowing that they are in a privileged group, the best in the world at their sport of choice. People around the world are glued to the media when the Olympics roll around, because everyone is cheering on their favorite athletes and their home country.
However, some athletes might wish that the public wasn’t so closely watching them during the Olympics, because sometimes things just happen. First of all, a lot of athletes compete in outfits that are either relatively small and skimpy (swimmers, beach volleyball players, etc.) or skin tight spandex (speed skaters, lugers, etc.). When they’re dressed like that, sometimes things are bound to happen.
Another big issue with athletes’ wardrobes at the Olympic games involves how utterly focused they are. Athletes are completely fixated on scoring the next goal, on preventing their opponent from getting ahead. Therefore, they’ll sometimes yank a bit too hard on their opponent’s outfit, or not realize that some type of malfunction has happened with their own. Some athletes, even if they are aware that a malfunction has occurred, have spent so long training to get to that point that they just ignore it and continue on with their competition.
Here are 10 Olympic athlete wardrobe malfunctions.
10 Christina Tsoukala
9 Habtemariam Nebiat
8 Alex and Maia Shibutani
7 Kami Craig
6 Urantsetseg Munkhbat
5 Tom Daley
4 Dana Vollmer
3 Christopher Spring
2 Henrik Harlaut
1 Olga Graf
You know when you sometimes do something completely out of habit, on autopilot, without even really realizing what you’re doing? Russian speedskater Olga Graf probably does. Graf was wearing a skintight speed skating uniform, but her wardrobe malfunction didn’t come as a result of the uniform giving way and suddenly splitting somewhere. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Graf was happily skating away with a bronze medal in her possession, happy to have earned a medal on her home turf. While skating, she started to unzip her speedskating uniform – before suddenly realizing she was in public, not back in the dressing room.
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