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!
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: Cheerleader G-G-G-G-Ghost!?!??
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.
Bonus: Bobsled Spandex Split
Looks like someone grabbed the wrong pair of underwear out of the drawer that morning.
50. USC Song Girl oops
Perhaps Arantxa Rus thought her skirt provided more coverage than it actually did.
49. Arantxa Rus wears short skirts
What? A wardrobe malfunction from in the Lingerie Football League? I didn't see that coming. (PS, there are more of these.)
48. Lingerie Football League tackle
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.
47. Water Polo Boob, Part I
This one looks a little intentional to us, but we'll go ahead and call it a "malfunction" anyway.
46. Wrestler de-pantsed
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.
45. Kerri Walsh gets some exposure
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.
44. Water Polo Superwedgie
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.
43. Venus Williams' nude underwear
Usually, gymnasts want to keep their underwear inside their leotards, don't they?
42. Gymnast Underwear, Part I
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.
41. Cheerleader thong
When you're wearing such tight swimsuits and using your arms this much, boobs are bound to pop out.
40. Water Polo Boob, Part II
You would think a runner would be wearing a sports bra. But no.
39. Running Boob, Part I
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.
38. Beach Volleyball butt crack
Hey, look. More gymnastics underwear. Neat.
37. Gymnast Underwear, Part II
As Venus Williams was leaving the hotel that morning, she had this strange feeling she had forgotten something important.
36. Forgetful Venus
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.
35. Trapeze artists, sans pants
I bet Lingerie Football League teams spend a lot of time practicing the quick boob-cover-up.
34. Quick-thinking LFL player
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?)
33. Stephanie Pratt loses her top
When you wear a teddy and jump in the wring to wrestle somebody, this is almost inevitable.
32. WWE bodyslam boobs
In retrospect, they probably should have taped this thing down. But I think we're all glad they didn't.
31. Costume shift
Kanye's psychic told him "the one" would have an ass like Serna. This is what that will look like.
30. Serena's Atomic Wedgie
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.
29. Self-inflicted Veggie
If you pull their underwear down around their ankles, they can't run. It's a pretty solid strategy.
28. Another LFL tackle gone right
You rarely see this sort of thing from the pros, but I imagine it's pretty common among amateurs.
27. Beach volleyball nipple
Man, Venus just has one wardrobe malfunction after another. This time, it's the spaghetti strap on his camisole—er, I mean, her "shirt."
26. Venus Williams...again?
Yet another wardrobe malfunction from the world of pro wrestling. In fairness, it's hard to reign in those giant fake boobs.
25. WWE boob slip
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.
24. Running Boob, Part II
Not only was this embarrassing, it also created a lot of drag which caused her to lose the race. Bummer. (Get it?)
23. Swimsuit butt split
I guess the costume designer didn't have smaller breasted women in mind when they came up with these tops. Oh well.
22. Cheerleader nipple sighting
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.
21. LFL QB shows serious composure v
Large breasts + small bikini top + beach volleyball = great day at the beach.
20. Amateur beach volleyball bikini slippage
With this one, we couldn't tell if it was a full-blown wardrobe malfunction. But we erred on the side of caution.
19. Tennis malfucntion
Yet another water polo player's boob exposed. You think they could do something to correct this "problem," no?
18. Women's Water Polo: WMs waiting to happen
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.
17. Gabriela Sabatini: bra-less wonder
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.
16. Xena, Warrior Exhibitionist
I'm starting the think the LFL doesn't really care of the players' boobs fall out.
15. Another LFL malfunction
That's embarrassing. And, I imagine, cold.
14. Bobsled butt
Whoever fitted these ladies for their uniforms must have flunked out of seamstress school.
13. Team Camel Toe
Do the judges deduct points for this sort of thing?
12. Figure skating malfunction
Yeah, the camera man zoomed right up in there to capture this wardrobe slippage. Oops.
11. Crotch Close-Up
This was an attempt to bribe the judges. Sadly, only judge #6 liked what he (or she) saw.
10. Olympic diver shows the goods
Man, nipples are the LFL's bread and butter.
9. Lingerie "Wardrobe Malfunction" Football League
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.
8. Non-Malfunctioning Wardrobe Malfunction
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.
7. Personal Foul
Argentine actress and model Pamela David is a big supported of the national soccer team. Obviously.
6. Pamela David is huge fan
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.
5. Skater's strap gives out
Brazilian girls love the beautiful game, that's for sure.
4. Excited Brazil fan
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?
3. How does this happen?
This never happens when I go to the football game.
2. Halter top catastrophe
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.