Bouncing over a fellow skier is an unconventional move, which is why when Italian skier Debora Pixner does it in this picture, she’s mere moments away from a crash during the quarterfinal of the ski cross contest. From the picture, the skier directly below her can thank her lucky stars. She wasn’t part of the crash as well.
Of course, Pixner might not have had a choice – it was either an assured crash on the ground or took a chance with a jump that might just work. It didn’t, but at least it created this gold medal of a funny pic.
Don't Lie; You'd Do It Too
Snapping a quick pic of yourself after you've done something cool or fun is commonplace nowadays. If you've just taken the podium to receive a gold medal, proving all that hard work and training time worth it, they might as well take a picture. Here we see Canadian snowboarder Sebastian Toutant giving his biggest grin ever, wrapped in the maple leaf, having just won the gold.
His friend and silver-winner, Kyle Mack, watches on, content with winning second-place for the United States...but watch out, Toutant. But there's no animosity here, just two winners who are ready to kick their feet up for a little while after spending years training.
Ready to Capture Every Moment
If you're wondering how we have so many pictures of weird and funny moments from the Olympics, here's why: the cameras are watching EVERYTHING. From competitors taking the podium to slips and falls, the cameras never blink.
So when Austrian skier Matthias Mayer fell in the middle of the men's combined alpine skiing competition, there were camera crews right around the corner, waiting to get the scoop. While Mayer wouldn't win a medal here – and no surprise with a fall like that – he would win gold in the men's alpine skiing super-G, which is the competition that focuses on pure speed.
Winning and Losing
The man in the top-right corner of this picture is Slovenian hockey player Jan Mursak. He'd just scored the overtime goal to propel his team to a win against Team U.S. during the group stage of men's hockey.
Multiple members of the United States squad are sprawled on the ice as they come to grips with the loss, but Mursak is cheering, stick raised toward the camera. He's celebrating now, but neither team would make it past the group stage for a chance at a medal. Celebrate while you can, Mursak because you're headed home soon.
Smile! No, Smile. Please.
Figure skating is famous for giving us some of the funniest faces during the Winter Olympics. As this list shows, there are plenty to choose from, with each one giving us something unique and hilarious to enjoy while we're waiting for the Olympics to come back.
Having your picture taken while you're doing something intense always makes for a goofy face, as Chinese figure skater Li Xiangning found out during her routine. It looks like she's cringing away from a large South Korean ice spider, which is definitely real, trust us. Alas, she's just yet another skater who had her picture taken at the wrong time.