From really awkward language translations
to horrifying snapped legs, we count 10 epic Olympic games failures. 10 – Glory Hole
• What should have been the greatest moment of Olympic Golfing history turned into a really
awkward moment on Spanish TV. • Golfer Justin Rose from the UK achieved
the unthinkable – he hit a hole in one during the 2016 Olympic Games, the first time anyone
has done that in 112 years. Unfortunately, a Spanish television network reported that
Rose had achieved a ‘glory hole’. • I guess it was pretty glorious, but I
don’t think the phrase means the same thing in Spain as it does in sleazy bathrooms elsewhere
the world. 9 – North Korea
• For some reason a lot of countries just doesn’t seem to treat North Korea with any
respect. • At the London 2012 Olympic Games, North
Korea was due to play Colombia in a football match when the big screen introducing the
teams showed the wrong country’s flag. For whatever reason, they showed the South Korean
flag by mistake – sworn enemies of The People’s Democratic Republic of Kim Jong Un, I mean
Korea. • The North Koreans took it pretty personally,
but luckily they did not fire nuclear weapons in response.
8 – Bell End • To ring in the opening of the games in
2012, British organisers decided to try a bell-ringing ceremony – which ended in complete
failure. • The idea was to get every person in London
to ring a bell for three minutes to get into the Olympic spirit. However, Jeremy Hunt,
the culture secretary got too enthusiastic and nearly injured a woman on live TV. He
shook his bell so hard that it flew off the stick he was holding.
• The enormous bell they had made to commemorate the games was also cancelled, as it was too
loud to ring. 7 – Green Pool
• The problem with Olympians these days is that they make all these crazy demands,
like having clean water to swim in. • The colour of the diving pool at the Rio
2016 Olympics was a suspiciously algae-looking green. Organisers said some of the chemicals
were causing the alkaline levels to change in the pool, but divers were describing how
the pool ‘stank like farts’ and stung their eyes.
• I can imagine diving into a pool of farts would be slightly off-putting to even the
most disciplined fart-diver. 6 – Swimeme
• One of the greatest parts of modern Olympics is the majestic imagery that captures athletes
mid-sportsing. • This incredible photo shows the exact
moment a synchronised swimmer raised her foot, or maybe somebody else’s foot above the
water during a routine. The insanity in her eyes made her an instant meme on the Internet
and immortalised her forever in a split second of Olympic fury.
• At least I can rest easier at night, knowing what it would look like if Voldemort ever
competed in synchronised swimming. 5 – Weightlift Drop
• A weightlifter that won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games did not have as much
luck the second time in London. • Matthias Steiner of Germany was attempting
to lift 432 pounds (almost 200 kilos) above his head when his body suddenly gave way and
buckled, nearly crushing him to death with the extreme weight of the steel bar. He was
taken away for X-Rays on his neck, but escaped mostly unscathed.
• Unsurprisingly, he did not win a medal that year. 4 – Gymnast Drop
• It only takes a split second to end a life-time worth of hard work, and unfortunately
this was the case for Nastia Liukin in 2008. • During the trials for gymnastics, Liukin
generally executed high-scoring routines until it came to the uneven bars event. Her father
stood underneath while she spun rapidly around the bars, but failed to grab the lower bar
only 30 seconds into the routine. She lay on the mat for a few moments, knowing that
one microsecond had cost her her entire career. • She finished her routine anyway and the
crowd gave her a standing ovation. 3 – Hurdles
• China’s most famous athlete Liu Xiang unceremoniously ended his career when he failed
to jump even a single hurdle. • He won gold in Athens in 2004, but his
attempt to compete in 2008 was a complete disaster. Xiang claimed that just as he was
about to jump the first hurdle of his race, he felt an excruciating pain in his foot.
Controversy started when it was alleged that Xiang knew he was injured before the race
but competed anyway. • After the incident, he limped back onto
the track, kissed a hurdle and immediately announced his retirement from sport.
2 – The Torch • Sometimes the athletes are not the only
people who find themselves failing epically during the Olympics.
• The 2016 Olympic Torch ceremony in Brazil was absolute chaos. Even with a military escort,
the torchbearers were subject to constant obstacles. One woman fell to her feet and
nearly dropped the torch, another man was attacked by a fire extinguisher, and on another
occasion, a motorcycle fell sideways injuring the rider. Luckily someone was there to take
a selfies at the scene. • Surprisingly, the torch never went out
during the endless barrage of trouble-makers. 1 – Snapped Leg
• The most gruesome fail by far was arguably achieved in the 2016 vaulting event.
• French Gymnast Samir Ait Said was attempting to compete in the preliminaries when he ran
and launched off the springboard, but seconds later landed on the ground with a horrifying
‘snap’. Said broke his lower leg so badly that the whole bone was bent sideways. The
people who carried him off then accidentally dropped him again, as if he wasn’t suffering
enough. • Said tweeted the rest of his team from
hospital, cheering them on and calling them warriors. He said he would be back on his
feet and training for Tokyo 2020 in no time.