A triumphant celebration of a speedskating bronze turned a bit risque on Sunday. From the Associated Press:
The race went perfectly for Olga Graf.
The celebration nearly turned embarrassing.
Graf gave the host nation a reason to cheer Sunday, winning Russia’s first medal when she took a surprising bronze in the women’s 3,000 meters. …
When Graf’s time flashed on the scoreboard — 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds was a personal best — the crowd at Adler Arena erupted in cheers. She whooped it up on her warm-down lap, then unzipped her skin-tight suit right down to the belly button.
She was wearing nothing underneath.
“I totally forgot,” Graf said sheepishly through a translator. “We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.”
When she realized her faux pas, Graf quickly zipped the suit back up with a mortified smile.
“Only afterward,” she said, “did I realize that maybe this video will appear on YouTube. But I don’t think it will be so bad.”
Despite the almost-striptease, the speedskater still received praise for bringing home the host country’s first medal.
Putin congratulates Olga Graf who brought the first medal to Russia. #Sochi— Russian Market (@russian_market) February 9, 2014
“You brought an unforgettable moment of triumph and utter joy to millions of fans by taking the first medal for our team,” Putin wrote.