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.