With the type of outfits that many athletes wear, it’s almost surprising that more wardrobe malfunctions don’t happen on a regular basis. Sure, some athletes wear a relatively basic jersey and shorts, or jersey and pants. However, other athletes wear skin-tight spandex outfits or second skin bathing suits that always look like they’re about a second from splitting (and as you see on this list, sometimes that does, in fact, occur).
Wardrobe malfunctions can also occur because athletes are also very focused when they’re in the midst of a game. Their mind is on getting the next goal, the next point, perfecting that move that they’ve been working on. With a mind so focused on something, some athletes won’t even notice that a malfunction has happened.
Finally, sports can get pretty rough at times, and sometimes a malfunction happens courtesy of the other team not willing to give up a point.
Any sport you name, you can find several memorable wardrobe malfunctions, whether they involve an athlete exposing a little more than they had wanted to, whether their name is misspelled, or more.
Here are 10 wardrobe malfunctions that athletes have, unfortunately, gotten captured by those pesky photographers and press there at every single game.
10 Wayne Gretzky
9 Devin Hester
8 Jenifer Benitez
7 Gillian Cooke
6 Nick Helenius
5 Ronnie O’Sullivan
4 Donyell Marshall
3 Kerri Walsh Jennings
2 Olga Graf
1 Junior Lake
For someone who doesn’t know anything about sports, the home jersey and away jersey situation can be fairly confusing. Why are they different? How do you remember which team is which color if they change? Well, it seems that baseball player Junior Lake might sympathize with those confused by switching jerseys. In a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Lake trotted onto the field in his grey Chicago Cubs jersey. Problem was, he stood out like a sore thumb, because every other guy on the team was wearing the road jersey with “Cubs” written on it while Lake had donned his jersey with “Chicago” on it. After the first inning wrapped up, Lake quickly went into the clubhouse to change. Who knows – maybe he was too distracted before the game and didn’t take the time to look around and see what everyone else was wearing.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, healthyceleb.com, telegraph.co.uk, flickr.com, bleacherreport.com, espn.go.com
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