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.
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.
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.
Hold Me Closer, Figure Skater
How many times are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir going to appear on this list? They won two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but that number has nothing on all the funny photos the cameras took of them.
In all likelihood, they slipped on their way to the podium because after all the grace and poise they displayed on the ice, it has to balance out somewhere. Scott has plenty of practice keeping Virtue in the air, and this picture proves that he's plenty accustomed to it. It looks like he's on his way to a picnic.
The Margin of Victory
“No one remembers second place,” they say. Still, it's going to be hard for anyone who witnessed this literal photo-finish to forget Martin Fourcade, the French skier, who missed out on the gold medal to Simon Schempp by mere inches and what was likely a hundredth of a second.
Simon Schempp won the gold medal for Germany and is probably thanking his lucky spaetzle that he had that fraction of a second separating him from the silver. In fact, it looks like if the track had been a meter or even a foot longer, Fourcade could have easily won. His stride looks like it has more speed to it.