The 2012 Summer Olympics may be gone forever, but their greatest (and worst…not to mention their most hilarious) moments will live on forever.
In what form will these moments live on forever? Well, it won’t be in video, that’s for sure. The IOC has already begun scouring the world wide web, looking for illicitly uploaded videos so they can demand that they be taken down. Because, you know, the Olympics are for everybody…as long as everybody pays the IOC’s corporate sponsors.
Of course, our Olympic memories will live on forever in words. Lot’s of different outlets, including TotalProSports, have offered of extensive summaries of the London Games. But memories are not the moments themselves. They’re facsimiles.
No, the moments themselves are going to live on in animated GIF form. They capture the moments just the way they happened, and once they get out there on the web, they are there forever. So today we bring you the 25 best Olympic GIFs we encountered over the last several weeks. They’re funny, incredible, hilarious, embarrassing, and weird—which is to say, generally pretty awesome.
Why don’t you have a look?
Four athletes competed at the 2012 Summer Games under the Olympic—three from the Netherlands Antilles, which had it's Olympic Committee dissolved by the IOC, and one from the new country of South Sudan, which just doesn't have an Olympic Committee. However, despite being country-less at a sporting even that's all about representing your country, these people had a good time, and they were the most entertaining group to walk in during the Opening Ceremonies.
25. No Country, No Cry
If Aly Raisman hadn't been so money during these Olympics, her parents would have stolen the show with all the tortured faces they made during their daughter's performances.
24. Raisman 'Rents 1
Here it kind of looks like Aly's dad got stung by a bee on his you-know-what...which is hilarious.
23. Raisman 'Rents 2
And the greatest moment featuring Aly Raisman's parents: when some surly douche tells them to sit down and shut up while they celebrate their daughter's gold medal floor exercise routine.
22. Raisman 'Rents 3: The Reckoning
Badminton made my list of dumbest olympic sports, but even there I said it wasn't always boring. Just mostly. If all the plays were like this one, I'd definitely be more willing to watch it.
21. When Badminton Isn't Boring
If this shot were a little wider it would have been a goal. But it wasn't, and Hope Solo made a brilliant save to maintain the U.S. lead in the gold medal game.
20. Hope Dives
Nathan Adrian, when Michael Phelps says "bro, let's hold hand," you hold hands.
19. Holding Hands
This is just mesmerizing, isn't it?
18. Infinite Trampoline
Handball is mysterious to sports fans in North America, but as you can see here it's not without its merits.
17. Handball Wizardry
See? What did I just say? Handball definitely does not suck.
16. More Handball Awesomeness
More Olympic hypnosis, courtesy of these fine table tennis players. (Who doesn't love a good table tennis GIF?)
15. Ping P—Er, I Mean Table Tennis
Who know something as ridiculous as race walking could be so gruelling?
14. Race Walking Will Mess You Up
This is a pretty cool trick. I'm still not going to watch rhythmic gymnastics, but these people certainly are talented.
13. Silly But Impressive Nonetheless
This was perhaps the greatest single travesty perpetrated during the 2012 Summer Olympics. South Korean épée fencer and gold medal favorite Shin A-Lam was up a point with just one second on the clock. So she had the match locked up. But when play resumed, the clock didn't start, her opponent scored a touch that shouldn't have counted, and Shin lost the match. Then she had to sit there on the mat for an hour while the incompetent officials reviewed the play, only to let the original ruling stand. I think this will go down as one of the greatest blown calls in sports history.
12. The Longest Second
Hey, that's pretty cool—Usain gave a friendly little fist bump to that kid working the event. I bet that made his day...
11. Usain Greeting, Part 1
Yep, it made his day all right. And from the looks of it, his week, month, and year, too. Such is the charisma of the world's fastest man.
10. Usain Greeting, Part 2
Oh, that Usain! What a funny guy.
9. Usain the Joker
With France down late in their quarterfinal game against Spain, they needed to foul to have any chance of making a comeback. But they didn't need to do this.
The guy doing the ball-punching is Nic Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers. The guy getting his balls punched is Juan Carlos Navarro, who plays in the Euroleage and will probably never have kids, thanks to this low blow.
8. Gold Medal Nutshot
Brazilian volleyball player Fabiana Oliveira gave us one of the best and most GIF-able highlights of the Games during a match against South Korea. So it's no wonder Brazil went on to upset the Americans in the gold medal game.
7. The Kick Save
American judoka Nick Delpopolo may not have medaled at the 2012 Summer Games, but he did give us this sweet GIF...
6. Delpopolo Pins
...and after that crazy maneuver we just saw, Delpopolo also gave us this gold medal taunt.
Maybe he was trying out for the WWE?
5. Delpopolo Taunts
McKayla Maroney isn't just an awesome sports meme and Dougie instructor. She's also fantastic on the vault, as evidenced by this all-time great jaw-dropping performance.
4. The Jaw-Dropping Vault
I wasn't just being hyperbolical when I said Maroney's vault was jaw-dropping. It literally made one of the judges' jaw drop.
3. The Dropped Jaw
When your son is the most decorated Olympian of all time, you tend to assume he won every time there's a close finish. So this reaction from Michael Pheps's mom, Debbie, is understandable...but still hilarious. You can see the woman on her left mouth the word "second," and Debbie's face just goes blank.
2. Jumping the Gun
Poor Stephan Feck. Unless he wins like 5 gold medals next time around (which I don't think is possible for a diver), this is how he'll always be remembered.
1. The Backflop
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