From the Olympic games to the NBA finals, modern sports are televised all around the world. The events produce some glorious moments on camera for the entire world to enjoy. But lesser known are the bloopers, sometimes so perfectly timed that they deserve their own award. Some fans even prefer seeing the silly outtakes. Are you one of them? If so, it's time to enjoy a reel of the worst (or best) moments in athletics, snapped at just the right second. Read on for the most giggle-worthy sports photos taken at just the right moment!
Field hockey doesn't get the attention it deserves, but today is the day. Here, a motivated opponent is running full speed ahead to the ball. No one is going to get in her way if she has any say in the matter.
The competition has been shoved to the ground, just like that. And as the lady in red cringes in pain below, the game goes on. It is hard to imagine the sounds that went on in this scene since we only have a visual representation. A crunch, perhaps?'
Diving can be a graceful event to watch, for those who appreciate the art. But most of us never formally train to jump from a high post. We just enjoyed doing cannonballs at the local pool. Looks like we weren't alone!
Here, a camera caught a trained diver in action. As he falls with the force of gravity, we can see his emotional journey, too. The wind distorts his face a bit, though. Is he smiling, or frowning? Maybe it's a bit of both, and we're intrigued.
Ice dancing is the most playful of the Olympic contests, without a close second. Even those who claim they hate sports tune in for a few segments. Maybe the audience would be even bigger if more people knew that literal magic was happening on the ice, like right here!
As this man and woman glide about, their bodies and heads seem to merge. Something is unnatural about the way this looks. We pray this is just an optical illusion, captured at the perfect moment. It's a good one, if so!
Sure, Canada is passionate about it. But that doesn't mean that the country below has noticed. Americans seem to be busy with baseball, basketball, and even lacrosse, at times. There just doesn't seem to be room for hockey in their hearts.
But maybe this photo will change minds out there. The impact of the skater right through the glass here shows incredible speed if nothing else. Allegedly basketball is the sport of choice for adrenaline junkies on the sofa. But come on — have they not seen ice fighting?
Baseball might seem like a dull game. There's a whole lot of standing around and throwing back and forth. Fans claim this part is fascinating, like a secret chess match with interesting moves to watch. But the game will always have its haters.
Today, there is a lot more action than usual. But it's deadly stuff, and scary to see! As a bat swings forward, a boy innocently sits in the way. Through some sort of miracle, an arm in the stands blocks the impact. Photographically, it's quite a sight!
Boxing is literally the sport of punching each other in the face. Ideally, you would defend that space with soft gloves. But sometimes, a boxer is caught off guard. Here, a photographer captured exactly that moment for all to analyze.
The fact is, pros can generate speeds of 25 miles per hour with their fists. It's best to stay at a distance, you must agree. But sadly, that just didn't happen here. Hopefully, he had a good dentist on speed dial!
Tennis is a sport that has high viewership for both genders. There are a few differences in playing style, and the men tend to hit harder and faster. Even Serena Williams admits that men's tennis is like a whole different world.
Her statement got a lot of attention. But was she aware that it involved skipping and dancing around? Unlikely. Perhaps the ladies should adopt a victory dance like this one. They're bound to look better doing it, with this low bar!
Basketball stars all seem to have one thing in common. They're incredibly tall, and this allows them to soar to heights most of us would consider a struggle. But there still has to be some method to shooting hoops, besides height. What's the strategy, right here?
Fans really aren't sure. Many of them missed it on the original video. But pictures slow things down to see what really happened, in an instant replay that lasts forever. New York Knicks number 8 is neither a bird nor a plane. But does he know that, deep down?
Volleyball is a team sport that usually takes place at the beach. There are practices in gyms, too. But where is the harder terrain to play? This perfectly timed and sandy photo seeks to answer that question, once and for all.
As this gal lands on the outdoor court, she finds herself in an explosion of particles. On camera, she looks like a human bomb. But no one was hurt during this move. It's just an average day near the net!
We sometimes talk about jumping over hurdles as a metaphor for the tough things in life. But it actually is a track and field sport, and there are athletes who specialize in the task. Here, one runner fails to hop on time. How does it go for him?
Not well, to be honest. This is just not one of those sports where precision is optional. He has jumped too soon, or too late. Or maybe, he didn't jump at all. Perhaps he tripped? At the end of the day, even the picture is painful.
They say that sportsmanship is dead in modern athletics. But here, opponents prove them wrong in a perfectly timed photo. As mister red bends forward, his blue friend decides to give him a boost from behind. A true blue friend, right?
That's what we imagine, anyway. Someone should ask the squatter how he feels about it. In case he forgot this all happened, a picture has captured the exact moment everything went wild. The internet is bound to remind him, forever.
As one determined ball boy tried to win the game, all heck broke loose. Right behind him, a challenger introduces a new move no one saw coming. It's not even allowed, according to the rules. But official papers stopped nothing!
It's just not fair to pull down your rival's pants when he gets the better of you. It's not sportsmanship, by any definition. And by the look on his face, he knows he has been robbed of some game glory. His internet glory will be more significant, undoubtedly.
The high jump is an event that is not easy for anyone in track and field. The shorter, stockier athletes usually turn to shotput and hammer throwing. The long-legged are the real stars of the show when it comes to the high jump. But is that their only career path?
Actually, it might be the least advisable path. Captured at just the right second, the crowd can see her true destiny. Not only does she have a lanky build, but she is super photogenic. This girl was meant for the catwalk, somewhere!
American football has a name that the rest of the world doesn't understand. The sport is mostly played with your hands! It's also full of rules no one else knows well, but Americans hold dear to their hearts. Is it also full of farts?
If so, there need to be some regulations on gas. Some sparks have been set off here, and they look very dangerous. The combustible butt in question should be disqualified! That is, unless it's just a freak accident photo in front of an ad. That's possible, too.
When the Green Bay Packers won the Superbowl over and over, fans wanted to show their appreciation. Most offered the players a firm handshake or a hug. Here though, one fan decided to say congrats in a much warmer way.
A sneaky hand has migrated all the way to the back. Then, it crept lower. As a result, this professional athlete is experiencing a very intimate thank you. With so many other hands holding him close, it's hard to run away!
Anyone who saw Bring It On knows that cheer is not only a serious social club. It's also a real athletic endeavor, and it has its risks. Those tall towers you see? Spirit team members have to be in tip-top shape to pull it off safely and gracefully.
Here, a pyramid on Friday night is almost perfect. But the star who belongs on top has taken a nosedive, and it's anything but pretty. Odds are, things got even uglier after this moment on camera. But for now, let's chuckle!
The most fascinating part of synchronized swimming is the length of time that ladies hold their breath underwater. Few of us can do that for minutes at a time. But now, there's something even more intriguing going on in the pool.
You can see this swimmer's head above water. But you can also see a long part of her body submerged. Is she a human caterpillar? No, it's just clever photography, that's all. At this perfect moment, two swimmers really did look like one.
Soccer is a contact sport when things get rough enough. The formal rules prohibit shoving with hands, but you can definitely put your shoulders into it while you fight for dominance. Here, one player took a tumble in his bid for the ball. Then, what happened?
As he slides on the grass, he tries to keep control of the ball with one foot. But above, another player is positioned with both legs around his head. It looks like things are getting pretty cozy between them. The look on the victim's face is intriguing!
When you go to an athletic event, the main show is definitely the sport. But at big games, there is sometimes extra entertainment on the schedule. Here, several fans got a front-row seat to the halftime show. Boy, did they get entertained!
As these ladies leap, their moves are perfectly coordinated. A camera caught them as they were airborne, and it's quite the shot. What ruins it is the creepy fans in the stands. Almost a perfect picture! Take two would be worth a try.
Cheerleading is supposed to be full of pep. At the very least, the name implies it is supposed to be full of cheer. For whatever reason, that doesn't always work out as planned. A photographer captured exactly what happens when spirit fingers go wrong. Terribly wrong!
The demo doesn't seem to be going well, for anyone in this lineup. It appears they went tumbling right away. They're just not going to make the team, and we have a few suggestions. Volleyball, tennis, soccer, or literally anything else will do!
In soccer, there are different positions. Maybe you are familiar with forward, defense, midfielder, and goalie. There actually are other designations, too. But sports change over time, and we have found a new role captured in a photo. Back kicker, perhaps?
The victim of this kick is not enjoying himself in the moment. Odds are, he didn't enjoy anything for a while afterward, either. Luckily for the internet, a quick finger captured the incident in a snap. Now, we can enjoy it forever!
It's always satisfying to attempt a three-pointer and succeed. Here, one basketball player tried it, and loved the outcome. A picture of the moment shows his emotional journey, in the split second after his shot. Who can't say this is relatable?
For some, it captures their own emotions in the world of sports. For others, it turns them off from that world altogether, You have to admit, his expression is a little weird here. It might be because of the other player licking his armpit, though!
It's the goal many runners have all their lives: Complete a marathon, and check it off the bucket list. The famous long-distance race goes for 26 miles, and it's no walk in the park. Nor is it a run in the park!
Here, one athlete tried to tackle that challenge. But something is running down her legs, and no one wants to say exactly what it might be. We don't know for sure, but there are only a few organic options. Yikes?
It's remarkable what the human body can achieve with the right mindset. A true athlete pushes past their limits and goes farther than the crowd expects. Here, one young runner tried a tough race on a hot day. How did that go?
As this picture demonstrates, it got a bit queasy out there. She couldn't hold back, and she didn't. She vomits in the middle of the race, sadly. Viewers can only hope she didn't run into it, and no one else did, either.
When it's time to dunk, bystanders better get out of the way. The sheer physics of the act is hard to control once you get going. Here, one teammate was nearby for support. But he didn't see the signs that the dunk was imminent.
In a flash, crotch meets head on the court. With the magic of modern technology, we can see the exact second it all went down this way. The players can look back and laugh — or cry, if they so choose.
Swimming is a sport, believe it or not. It's not just a leisure activity at the beach. For those seriously involved, this means thousands of laps in a pool. Here, one swimmer was caught during a particularly intense moment. Freaky stuff, we say.
As this capped and goggled head emerges from the chlorine, it barely looks human. If we didn't know better, we might say it isn't. But we know that this picture was just an incredible split-second shot from the stands. Few exist like it!
Kobe and Shaq were feuding in the '90s, for reasons most fans have forgotten. They were both big talents on the Lakers, but their rivalry was unmistakable. We understand there must have been a lot of side-eye. Did they have tender moments, though?
Here, it seems to be the case. Kobe slaps Shaq on the behind, and the camera caught it all. It's hard to explain why athletes pull this move, from time to time. But despite the continuing mystery, the picture draws us in!
This moment captured on the court of a Washington Wizards game really made the internet laugh. Right in the nation's capital, coach got smacked in the face by a flying basketball. If he was paying such close attention, how did that even happen?
If he were really mentally involved with the game, you would think he would see this coming. Perhaps coaches daydream like the rest of us, from time to time. Either that or this ball was flying at the speed of light!
It gets very intense on the court for professional ballers. Most fans never see things from their point of view, even if the game is on HDTV screens. What is going on right at the net, that we never knew about?
According to this extraordinary photo, someone might be picking your nose. Should you try the winning dunk, there might be a few fingers in the way. It's unexpected, but we are just ordinary fans in the crowd. What would we know?
Running around a giant grass square can get pretty tiring, after a while. These youngsters are trying their best, as family and friends look on. Most of the time, nothing wild happens. There's just too much space, in this sport.
Today is different, though. As this picture shows, there was a moment when the ball struck a sensitive area. If it was flying fast enough, it's not going to be an easy walk-off. This one might even require some ice. Anyone have that handy?
In America, rugby isn't such a big deal compared to other countries. Whenever a match is held, though. fans and players alike do get very animated about the high-intensity sport. Things can even get downright aggressive. Look at this example, for more insight.
As this random streaker player literally tackles the other, his shorts are removed by the sheer force of gravity. It's incredible stuff. The picture that caught this moment in mid-air is a sports treasure.
Shooting a perfect three-pointer is no easy feat. Sure, some of us can do it on occasion. But to reliable get that ball through the hoop, practice makes perfect. How did this old sculpture get so good at it, since he can't even move?
That part will probably remain a mystery for a while. Perhaps we will never really understand the process. But the picture is a delightful escape from the mundane. Art, sports, and photography have all united to bring us a giggle!
Rugby is allegedly a manly sport, full of rough moves. But the softer side of rugby hasn't gotten enough attention until now. Here, the game has taken an unexpected turn. When one player seized the ball, kisses distracted him from his mission.
It's just a little smooch, you guys. There is no reason to get upset. But that's on our end. On his end, he has every right to be mad. There's no way he can concentrate with this going on in the middle of a game. Smart strategy, 42!
Here, a soccer game has gotten a bit out of control. One player flies through the air, and the other has tumbled onto his bottom. At this stage in the game, one clearly has an advantage, should the ball come their way.
Mister red jersey can tell all is lost. He has no way to regain his balance in time for the ball. It's coming right at them both, and he knows he is going to miss a big one. Better luck next time, buddy.
Racing in circles seems to be a sport, somehow. Whether it's horses, cars, or bikes, there is an audience for the concept. But in all cases, it's best to stay in the classic position. Head up and booty down, obviously!
Taking a tumble on the cement is no way to lose a race. If you're going to come in last, it's best to do so in one piece. Today is not the day for that, though. This photo captures the moment before things went splat. Ouch, and ouch!
Bending down to sign some forms, fans might assume this is just business as usual at a game. But no! There's a lot more going on than meets the eye. A silver head of hair has joined to the body of a player. Frightening, isn't it?
Maybe that's not the case, though. The internet seems to think number 35 has a brand new head, but we can look closely here. It's just an extraordinary alignment, that's all. No big deal. Nothing to lose your head over, really.
It's no secret that bikes work best with multiple wheels. If you have just one functional wheel, you might be on a unicycle. In a worse scenario, you might be on this dirtbike, zooming through the air with no way to land peacefully.
Before the big impact, it was kind of beautiful. A camera caught it all, and we can enjoy the moment from our screens. It's hard to say what the rider was thinking in the moment, though. At this point, digital photography just can't communicate it all.
A few extreme bikers are making their way down a forest road. Most of the time, wild animals do not get in their path. Occasionally, deer present a serious hazard, if they jump in front of the wheels. It's no joke, really!
Today, that risk assessment is a little more confusing than usual. These riders saw a deer head with dangerous antlers. But looking down, they saw it was a human body running beside them. It's a great pic, but we hope they didn't lose focus too much. Both eyes ahead is a good rule, even here.
If you want to be a soccer star, you need to fully commit to the game. It might involve a bruise and bumps along the way. A broken nose is not usually part of the deal. This isn't boxing, after all!
Hopefully, the impact was not as harsh as it appears here. A bloody nose is also a possibility, and kids know how to deal with that. Just get kleenex, and stuff it up each nostril. Wait ten minutes, and you're good to go. That's a part of youth, right?
As these guys all line up to start soccer practice, they wait for instructions. One player has decided to stretch a bit and leans forward. Behind him, a friend is still standing upright. Look at the picture that was produced!
It's special for sure. If any of his friends saw it later, they surely laughed behind his back. Perhaps they even laughed to his face. The lesson in all of this is clear. Watch out when cameras are around, and whatever you do, don't bend over in a line.
In baseball, your hands are usually inside a leather mitt, throwing and catching a small ball at high speeds. At other times, your hands are gripping a bat, striking that ball to the sky. Here, we have wandering hands. Where are they going?
It's not often that a friend will grab you by the rear. But maybe there are different rules in sports. We do seem to catch a lot of this action lately. For now, enjoy the picture. More research is needed on the matter, though.
Speed skating is markedly different than ice dancing or ice hockey. It's more of a race, really. The competitive events include long track speed skating and short track speed skating. Don't forget marathon speed skating! That one is even wilder, fans say.
As one gal bends down to maximize her speed, her friend follows close behind her. But a nasty photographer decided to document this from the stands. He makes it look a lot naughtier than it needs to be. They're athletes, people!
Though it originated in the east, yoga has really made a mark in the west. Soccer moms, college students, and city yuppies alike seem to enjoy this break from the stresses of life. But there is a proper techniques, and this isn't one of them.
Serious practitioners really work on their moves all the time. Maybe this photo has just caught people halfway on their journey to enlightenment. Or maybe their method isn't bad at all, but just a trick of the camera. It looks so awkward from here, that it's hard to say for sure!
When you're involved in a team sport like beach volleyball, it's important to show your mates that you are there for them. It's a competition, but not just for you and you alone. When things get heated, someone is always by your side. Support is key, and players know it.
But what exactly is going on, here? A photo shows a strange moment with a more intimate pat than we expect. This can't be real, can it? No, no it is not. Angles are everything in this art form. And volleyball is still good, clean fun!
Gymnastics may seem like a whole lot of sparkles, but these competitors are top athletes. Their bodies are pure muscle. They're totally aerodynamic, and they have fans who understand exactly how hard they work to get to the Olympic levels.
But look at this girl. Without a skull, brain, or neck, it seems like she wouldn't succeed. Is this a ghost? A zombie gymnast? No, it's just an unlikely photo, capturing a strange contortion in the air. That's a relief, right?
Judo is the art of gently forcing your opponent to defeat, with clever tricks. Originally a Japanese martial art, it has evolved into a full-blown international sport. It's safe to say that this move right here was never part of the original handbook, though.
Fans didn't care, though. It seems the blue-robed gentleman is so superior that he can take a break and just ride his challenger. He holds his fingers in the air to show his confidence. It's a great photo, at least for one person in it.
Speed is a big part of basketball, a trait often overlooked for height and the jumps that go with it. But if you are able to race around your opponent and grab the ball away, you're golden. Grabbing butts, however, is against the rules.
Should it be? That's up to you to decide. But for now, it's really not an accepted practice. Number 52 is just going to have to deal with the trauma of this photo making the rounds online: It's funny, and it's not going anywhere.
As one hockey player careens forward, he doesn't realize what awaits. All along, there has been a woman in the wings. Fists ready in gloves, she doesn't take kindly to intruders. This is the moment a camera captured the action.
He takes a punch to the gut, as this photo explains. Luckily, he is wearing all that protective equipment. Hockey really does bundle players to withstand savagery. He is prepared. There's also the redeeming fact that this woman is part of an ad. Fooled you!
Baseball is a source of good memories, for most. But the tough stuff happened too back then, as some remember. Here, a camera caught a very big ouch in action. This boy will likely be able to recall the moment in vivid color!
In the pro leagues, a ball can fly at nearly 100 miles per hour. This definitely isn't Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, and it's not the world series. If this was going even half as fast, it probably required an icepack. Great photo, though!
Step back, and observe. A lot is going on here: The ball flies through the air. A leg kicks up trying to catch it. A face gets in the way. All in all, this photograph is a big mess. Hopefully, the human beings involved survived it!
Soccer is played on a soft, green field. It does cushion the impact of some of the more extreme aggression in the game. But here, there's no avoiding it. Both parties are going to be sore tonight. We, on the other hand, are going to be chuckling the night away.
Rugby isn't so popular in the states. But maybe it should be! This photograph proves that it's a lot spicier than most of us knew. As one player walks forward with the ball, two opponents approach him from the side.
Maybe he thought he would store the ball in a place they would be unwilling to touch. But when the scores get closer, there is no limit to competition. Only the referee can stop things from going too far. This doesn't break rules: It's just awkward, really.
Ping pong is a sport that some think is just a parlor game. But there is a world championship every year, and top players from around the globe try their luck. Question: What is the point of view of a ping pong champ, in real-time?
One photographer tried to capture it up close. The resulting image was incredible, to all who saw the game. It's hard to see what things look like from the table. It looks like the ball might gouge his eye out! But professionals are always careful: No harm, no foul here.
Leaping forward into the crowd, one baseball professional tries to stop a home run. It's obviously too late, though. The ball has gone farther than his reach, and he is getting a reach back. Look at that fan fight!
Maybe he was enraged that he couldn't keep his souvenir ball, as he hoped. If it is caught and goes right back to the game, how is he supposed to sell it on eBay? Those items do make a nice buck, as we all know.
Traditional bullfighting has gotten a bad reputation in recent years. Not only does a matador wave a flag to make a cow angry, but he tries to stab it. Down in Texas, they're trying a different sport with bulls. Why not just ride it, and see what happens?
It seems like this real-life cowboy is living on the edge, in this ring. He might just be playing with the bull, but the bull doesn't know that. Those horns are deadly, and it's not clear how this game turned out. Let's just stick with the before photo, friends.
Jumping on dirtbikes is risky stuff, to be sure. It attracts crowds, and it is pretty entertaining. Sometimes, it's dangerous for the riders. Do they care? Not when a rush of adrenaline is involved! It's an addiction of sorts.
The landing is probably an incredible sight to see, but that's not what we have here today. What we are enjoying is the midway point, perfectly aligned with a minaret in the distance. The right perspective is everything, as they say.
Of all the different types of uniforms that different athletes wear, you have to feel for the swimmers and divers of the world. They have to appear in international competitions in front of huge crowds and on TV for millions of people to see them in almost nothing at all. Sure, they're in peak physical shape, but it's still a bit on the revealing side. And these swimsuits aren't exactly made like pajamas--they're tight and grip you everywhere.
This Dutch diver was caught at an uncomfortable moment at a competition in Germany in 2014. She had just performed a beautiful dive and had to momentarily adjust herself after getting out of the water. Happens to the best of us.
It's hard to always look presentable at the best of times, and when you're playing sports it's much harder. Especially if the sport involves a lot of jumping around and flailing your arms. And even more so if the general dress code of the sport for women includes little miniskirts and small tops. We don't really understand why that has to be the case, but then again we don't really understand the scoring system in tennis either.
Hungarian former professional tennis player Agnes Szavay is not the first woman to be caught in such a scene, and won't be the last either. Some women have it easier than others in these kinds of activities but when you're always on camera or in front of photographers, something unflattering will inevitably be captured.
When this team of Colombian cyclists competed in the prestigious Giro della Toscana in Italy in 2014, they probably didn't expect the reactions that followed. They may have expected a lot of press for the event itself and for being a championship-level team, but unfortunately the outcry was all focused on their uniforms. People accused the designer of creating an inappropriate uniform for the women. Interestingly, the uniform's designer is actually on the team itself, pictured here third from the right.
While the team probably would have preferred to receive that kind of attention for their cycling performance rather than their uniform design, they stood behind their teammate and designer and stood up for themselves all the way through. Championship material indeed.
Long jumping isn't one of the most popular sports around. It definitely pales in comparison to major international sports like football, basketball, baseball, or even other Olympic track and field sports. It requires a high level of athleticism and technique, with the jumper running towards the target, then preparing for their jump with a series of long strides followed by the jump itself. With this kind of movement, it really is an advantage to not have to deal with any extra clothing on your legs.
It may be advantageous to have very short shorts or even something resembling a bikini bottom which is fairly standard, but it can make for some revealing photos. These pro athletes may be used to the cameras but sometimes they're not the most flattering.
The Italian gymnastic team is a championship level team that travels around the world to compete in tournaments and even the Olympics. Like every athlete in any sport, warming up is an important part of any event, especially before a major competition. Before her floor routine at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Italian gymnast Elisa Meneghini was warming up on the floor and was caught on a TV broadcast. She has been on TV plenty of times before and is no stranger to the camera.
An actor might not like being filmed rehearsing for a play or a movie, but it does happen sometimes. In a sporting event with international press, some warming up is bound to be shown on TV, even if it doesn't make the athletes look their best.