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50 Classic Wardrobe Malfunctions (Female Athlete Edition)

by: Esteban On  Tuesday, March 31, 2015

sports wardrobe malfunctions

UPDATE: The term “wardrobe malfunction” was coined after an infamous musical performance, but it can be applied to plenty of other situations as well. Such as, for instance, the world of female athletes. A lot of the clothes athletes wear are especially prone to malfunctioning, and if you want to see a few classic wardrobe malfunctions involving female athletes, you’ve come to the right place. Now with a couple of bonus malfunctions, in case 50 wasn’t enough for you. Enjoy.

“Wardrobe Malfunction.” Alone, each of those words wouldn’t garner much attention, but together, they make for some of the greatest moments in sports television history. And these wardrobe malfunctions seem to be happening more and more at sporting events as each year goes by.

There never used to be “wardrobe malfunctions” at sporting events. You know why? Because athletes used to wear clothes from head to toe. Consider the famous running scene in Rocky. The Italian Stallion goes sprinting through the old neighborhood and up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a thick gray sweatsuit. Long sleeves, full-length pants.

When was the last time you saw somebody jogging in a sweatsuit?

Today, sports uniforms are tight fitting and made of lightweight material. The primary benefit of this evolution, of course, is performance. But the secondary benefit? Unexpected boob sightings. In fact, these days you can hardly watch a (female) sporting event without seeing a nipple, butt crack, or tightly packaged derriere.

Total Pro Sports thinks this is fantastic, so we’ve put together a list of 50 classic sports wardrobe malfunctions. We think you’ll be amused.

Among these great moments in sports-wardrobe-malfunction history, you’ll see the breasts and butt cracks off all types of female athletes, from tennis players, to the women of water polo. And let’s not forget about the Lingerie Football players. So what are you waiting for? Check it out!

Updated New Female wardrobe malfunction.


During the 2012 Summer Olympics the USA and Spain collided for an unforgettable nip-slip!

Bonus: Cheerleader G-G-G-G-Ghost!?!??

Cheerleaders are often the unsung heroes of the sporting world, but one of the cheerleaders in the routine shown above deserves at least a gold medal for wardrobe malfunctions. What poise!

Bonus: Bobsled Spandex Split

It’s actually a wonder that wardrobe malfunctions don’t happen every day at the Winter Olympics, what with all that spandex and everything. That’s probably cold comfort for those that actually have to deal with them, like the bobsledder in the above video.

50. USC Song Girl oops

usc song girls upskirt

Looks like someone grabbed the wrong pair of underwear out of the drawer that morning.

49. Arantxa Rus wears short skirts

arantxa rus tennis upskirt

Perhaps Arantxa Rus thought her skirt provided more coverage than it actually did.

48. Lingerie Football League tackle

lingerie football league wardrobe malfunction

What? A wardrobe malfunction from in the Lingerie Football League? I didn’t see that coming. (PS, there are more of these.)

47. Water Polo Boob, Part I

water polo nip slip 1

This is easily the least sexy wardrobe malfunction on the list. Bad news for you at this very moments, but good news for you going forward.

46. Wrestler de-pantsed

wrestling thong

This one looks a little intentional to us, but we’ll go ahead and call it a “malfunction” anyway.

45. Kerri Walsh gets some exposure

beach volleyball wardrobe malfunction butt crack

Her partner Misty May Treanor may be one of the world’s most googled female athletes, but it’s Kerri Walsh he cracks our list of 50 classic wardrobe malfunctions. Congrats, Kerri.

44. Water Polo Superwedgie

water polo wedgie

I take back what I said about #47. This may be the least sexy malfunction. Sorry to have misled you. But from here on out we’re in the clear.

43. Venus Williams' nude underwear

Venus Williams

Venus doesn’t really expose that much skin here, but the form-fitting nude colored undies create the illusion. And since seeing is believing, yes, this is technically a wardrobe malfunction.

42. Gymnast Underwear, Part I

gymnast thong exposed

Usually, gymnasts want to keep their underwear inside their leotards, don’t they?

41. Cheerleader thong

cheerleader thong

To be honest, it looks like this is exactly how these cheerleader uniforms are supposed to look. But let’s just pretend it’s an accident, because that’s more fun.

40. Water Polo Boob, Part II

water polo nip slip

When you’re wearing such tight swimsuits and using your arms this much, boobs are bound to pop out.

39. Running Boob, Part I

runner nip slip wardrobe malfunction

You would think a runner would be wearing a sports bra. But no.

38. Beach Volleyball butt crack

beach volleyball butt crack

It can be hard to tell when you have a wardrobe malfunction in this sport, since the uniforms are so skimpy to begin with. But if you can see tan lines, that’s a good sign you’ve got a malfunction.

37. Gymnast Underwear, Part II

gymnast thong

Hey, look. More gymnastics underwear. Neat.

36. Forgetful Venus

venus no underwear

As Venus Williams was leaving the hotel that morning, she had this strange feeling she had forgotten something important.

35. Trapeze artists, sans pants

trapeze thong

I’ve got bad news and worse news. The bad news is that your pants are falling down, and everyone can see your underwear. The worse news is that I’m about to drop you to your death.

34. Quick-thinking LFL player

lingerie football boob slip

I bet Lingerie Football League teams spend a lot of time practicing the quick boob-cover-up.

33. Stephanie Pratt loses her top

 stephanie pratt beach volleyball bikini wardrobe malfunction

I don’t recommend learning who Stephanie Pratt is. But she’s cute, and she lost her top playing beach ball volleyball. (That’s a sport, right?)

32. WWE bodyslam boobs

wrestling nip slip wardrobe malfunction

When you wear a teddy and jump in the wring to wrestle somebody, this is almost inevitable.

31. Costume shift

figure skater nip slip 3

In retrospect, they probably should have taped this thing down. But I think we’re all glad they didn’t.

30. Serena's Atomic Wedgie


Kanye’s psychic told him “the one” would have an ass like Serna. This is what that will look like.

29. Self-inflicted Veggie

gymnast exposure

Gymnasts practice like 60 hours a week and tend to be pretty hard on themselves. But I didn’t know they were this hard on themselves.

28. Another LFL tackle gone right

lingerie football league wardrobe malfunction 5

If you pull their underwear down around their ankles, they can’t run. It’s a pretty solid strategy.

27. Beach volleyball nipple

beach volleyball nip slip

You rarely see this sort of thing from the pros, but I imagine it’s pretty common among amateurs.

26. Venus Williams...again?

venus williams wardrobe malfunction

Man, Venus just has one wardrobe malfunction after another. This time, it’s the spaghetti strap on his camisole—er, I mean, her “shirt.”

25. WWE boob slip

wrestler wardrobe malfunction wwe

Yet another wardrobe malfunction from the world of pro wrestling. In fairness, it’s hard to reign in those giant fake boobs.

24. Running Boob, Part II

runner ivory coast nip slip wardrobe malfunction

Seriously? Another runner not wearing a sports bra in a loose-fitting shirt? I guess the Cote d’Ivoire Olympic Committee is pretty strapped for cash.

23. Swimsuit butt split

swimmer swim suit splits open

Not only was this embarrassing, it also created a lot of drag which caused her to lose the race. Bummer. (Get it?)

22. Cheerleader nipple sighting

cheerleader nip slip 1

I guess the costume designer didn’t have smaller breasted women in mind when they came up with these tops. Oh well.

21. LFL QB shows serious composure v

lingerie football QB wardrobe malfunction

A rushing defender pulls her bra down and exposes her boob, but she is able to cover up and still make the throw? Tebow can barely throw a spiral when nobody’s on him.

20. Amateur beach volleyball bikini slippage

 beach volleyball nip slip 2

Large breasts + small bikini top + beach volleyball = great day at the beach.

19. Tennis malfucntion

#19 tennis wardrobe malfunction nipple slip

With this one, we couldn’t tell if it was a full-blown wardrobe malfunction. But we erred on the side of caution.

18. Women's Water Polo: WMs waiting to happen

#18 water polo nip slip 3

Yet another water polo player’s boob exposed. You think they could do something to correct this “problem,” no?

17. Gabriela Sabatini: bra-less wonder

#17 gabriela sabatini wet t-shirt see-thru nipples

Remember Gabby Sabatini, the sexy Argentine tennis player? She didn’t like wearing bras, for some reason. But hey, it worked for her. She won the US Open in 1990.

16. Xena, Warrior Exhibitionist

#16 lucy lawless national anthem wardrobe malfunction nip slip

Back in 1997, Lucy Lawless (aka Xena, Warrior Princess) performed the national anthem at a game between the Mighty Ducks and Red Wings in Anaheim…and this happened.

Yeah, she’s not an athlete, but it happened at a sporting event, so it counts.

15. Another LFL malfunction

#15 lingerie football league wardrobe malfunction 2 copy

I’m starting the think the LFL doesn’t really care of the players’ boobs fall out.

14. Bobsled butt

#14 split pants bobsled wardrobe malfunction copy

That’s embarrassing. And, I imagine, cold.

13. Team Camel Toe

#13 team camel toe copy

Whoever fitted these ladies for their uniforms must have flunked out of seamstress school.

12. Figure skating malfunction

#12 figure skater nip slip 2 copy

Do the judges deduct points for this sort of thing?

11. Crotch Close-Up

#11 wwe wrestler wardrobe malfunction copy

Yeah, the camera man zoomed right up in there to capture this wardrobe slippage. Oops.

10. Olympic diver shows the goods

#10 diver jennifer benitez nip slip copy

This was an attempt to bribe the judges. Sadly, only judge #6 liked what he (or she) saw.

9. Lingerie "Wardrobe Malfunction" Football League

#9 lingerie football league 3 copy

Man, nipples are the LFL’s bread and butter.

8. Non-Malfunctioning Wardrobe Malfunction

#8 figure skater nip slip 1 copy

By the title of this one, I mean to imply that it’s not the wardrobe’s fault this woman’s breast is exposed. That’s a huge rack that just about any shirt would have trouble containing.

7. Personal Foul

#7 water polo nipple slip boob squeeze foul copy

This move has to be illegal in water polo, right? Then again, I’m not quite sure if the look on that woman’s face is agony or ecstasy.

6. Pamela David is huge fan

#6 pamela david argentine soccer fan nip slip copy

Argentine actress and model Pamela David is a big supported of the national soccer team. Obviously.

5. Skater's strap gives out

#5 figure skater nip slip 4 copy

You would think that, if all there was between your naked breast and the world was a little piece of plastic string, you might wear pasties underneath your costume…just in case.

4. Excited Brazil fan

#4 excited brazil fan nip slip copy

Brazilian girls love the beautiful game, that’s for sure.

3. How does this happen?

#3 naked water polo wardrobe malfunction copy

Does Greece have an official nude women’s water polo team? Or is was this woman the victim of the most malfunctioning sports wardrobe ever?

2. Halter top catastrophe

#2 cheerleader nip slip 2 copy

This never happens when I go to the football game.

1. WWE Diva Melina Perez...gone wild

#1 wwe melina perez upskirt wardrobe malfunction copy

I’m not sure what the hell (former) Diva Melina Perez was thinking here. Surely she realized that going commando in that skirt would leave her a little exposed. But hey, whatever floats your boat.