The Olympics never have been perfect. But the London Games have had missteps and PR setbacks aplenty, from mixed-up national flags to dirty under-the-surface water polo play to athletes banned for doping, racist tweets and throwing matches.
Too much exposure? Who knew water polo was this dirty? The first extensive use of underwater cameras showed punches, shoves and swimsuit pulling that caused a few wardrobe malfunctions. On left, Ash Southern of Australia competes for position in the women’s semifinal match against the United States on Aug. 7. Al Bello/Getty Images Buy Photo