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.
He's Playing The Floor is Lava
Doing a split is no easy feat, but United States figure skater Nathan Chen can do them in his sleep or while flying through the air. He was only eighteen years old when he appeared at the Winter Olympics in 2018, and he's a promising figure skater who is one of the names to watch.
He achieved an enviable score during the free skate competition. Somehow, he didn't get a medal, but he did set a record six quads, or quadruple axel, a jump with at least four but less than five full revolutions. Plus, as we can see, he's pretty limber.
No Medal This Time
Alla Tsuper had been in the spot before. After winning the gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the women's aerials, she knew she had what it took to win again. Why don't you take a quick look at that picture and see how it ended up for her?
Before she landed, it was a promising start, but she misjudged the speed of her stunt and ended up rolling into the snow, hopefully creating a big snowball around herself like in cartoons. While nobody was laughing when Tsuper landed, she's all better now. A fellow Belarus competitor, Hanna Huskova, won the gold in the women's aerials.
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.
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.