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.
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.
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.
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.