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August 7, 2012

5 Funniest Track-and-Field Moments of Olympic Hopefuls

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Written by: Michael Starkey


y the time a track-and-field athlete – or any athlete — makes it to the Olympics, she is seasoned to perfection. The slowest one is still world class. But in the years leading up to their rise to fame, they are human and subject to making mistakes — funny ones that are sometimes caught on camera. While we celebrate excellence on the field in the Olympics this week, here are 5 funny moments of sheer incompetence and tomfoolery committed by people who never made it to the Olympics and by people who did.

1. Chinese University Games Hurdler Invents Radical New Technique

SPOILER ALERT: The first blooper is courtesy of a hilarious hurdler at the Chinese University Games. After hitting his first hurdle, this runner takes a radically different approach, crashing through the hurdles and tossing the tops of the hurdles aside. You have to see it to believe it. Every part of his race is funny, including his unnecessary swerve into the next lane and attempt, for some reason, to actually jump over the last hurdle after dismissing that idea for the previous six hurdles. Notice that after the race ends he just walks off the track like nothing happened.


About the Author

Michael Starkey
Michael Starkey
Michael Starkey is an engineer 9-5, but in his spare time he writes about music and cultural history. His work includes "'Mercy, Mercy Me, The Ecology': Environmental Themes in Black Music" and "Hidden from Sight: African Americans and the Wilderness", presented at the annual conference of American Society of Environmental History, in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He is currently working on a book based on his master's thesis, "Wilderness, Race, and African Americans: An Environmental History from Slavery to Jim Crow." Michael lives and work in New York, NY. He currently resides in East Harlem with his wife and splits his work time between offices in Queens and Manhattan. He enjoys bicycling, listening to music, and playing soccer.


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