The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi has caused a lot of news, but it hasn’t all been due to excellence in athletics.
As in times passed, these games have been filled with hijinks, spills, controversies and near disasters of a global portion.
Here is our run down of the five of the craziest or shocking moments thus far:
Kool Aid Man
U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinns punched his way out of a Russian bathroom on Feb. 8 after becoming trapped like an American spy in escaping a secret Soviet Union interrogation camp.
Quinns later got stuck in an elevator.
We all fall down
A member of Austrian’s delegation face-planted during the Parade of Nations. A camera lay next to the poor guy’s head in a photo of the unplanned trip.
It sort of illustrates why one should probably not walk and record at the same time.
Topless snow bunny
Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun ruffled feathers and other things when it was revealed that she posed topless for a calender three years ago.
The 22-year old set to complete in the slalom and giant slalom posted a message about the controversy Tuesday, Feb. 11.
“The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public. Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this.
Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race…”
Crack helmet, awesome recovery
In one of the scariest moments of the games so far, Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova proved why it is critically important that you wear a helmet.
The 22-year-old was briefly knocked unconscious during her final run in the slopestyle competition Sunday. Her head hit the surface so hard that he helmet cracked. She finished her run and returned to compete in another event three days later.
Run away luge
Olympian Shiva Keshavan of India had one of the craziest spills of this year’s games during a practice run Saturday.
Keshavan, who is competing under the Olympic flag because India is suspended, lost control and fell out of his luge going 70 mph. Amazingly he managed to flip back in the luge to finish his run.