When Olympians Act Like Humans

​Turns out, they are just like us


There are so many inspirational stories of Olympian underdogs surprising the world by winning medals throughout time.

Think back to Kipchoge Keino the Kenyan runner.

After coming a close second in the 5,000m and collapsing in pain in the 10,000m (which he finished, even though he was disqualified for leaving the track) Keino was diagnosed with gallstones and recommended bed rest the night before his final event, the 1,500m, at the Mexico 1968 games.


He went against the doctor's orders and, very last minute, got on the bus to compete day of the race.

The bus got stuck in traffic and so he, obviously, got off and ran the final two miles to the stadium.

Keino not only finished the race, but won, beating second place by more than 20m.

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These kinds of stories are, on one hand, super inspirational.

You know, we're happy for them and all that.

But, on the other hand, they're fairly depressing.

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to empathise with people who can perform the vault on one foot, when you claim to need a sports massage after sleeping at a funny angle.

If you're the kind of person who carbs up for the walk to the tube or gets told off for being too competitive towards your 5-year-old cousin at a friendly game of rounders, here are some sports stories for you...

Rio 2016 has given us some moments of real humanity, like when this guy tried to throw his swimming cap in the pool.


We've all been there.

Billy Murray noted that we need a normal person to compete 'for reference' in the games and we agree.

Sometimes one can get a little fatigued with the level of excellence shown, so it's refreshing to see just how hard a sport is by putting in a couple of people who are not amazing at it.



They are, rightly so, pretty chuffed for getting a whack at it.

Another sportsperson who thought she was a bit of alright was the Chinese swimmer Fu Yuan.

Yuan didn't realise she had got a medal, and once she did said, 'Well this is not bad a t all!'

Too right.

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If you're ever convinced that all sportspeople are really suave, like Usain Bolt, for example, look no further than Australian football captain Lisa De Vanna.

She may understand the off-side rule, but she needs a little help with water bottles.

Not quite in the Olympics, but a winner in our hearts, is Leslie Jones, who really lets her freak flag fly when meeting her sporting heroes.

Last but not least, golden boy Michael Phelps enjoyed a really public sulk before a swim, and for that, we love him.

Talk about resting bitch face.

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