Wardrobe malfunctions are all too common in sports. Professional wrestling sees it all the time, and Daniel Bryan’s “ballsy” match or WWE’s Charlotte Flair’s jaw-dropping (or should I say pants-dropping?) slip-up will never fail at providing a laugh.
Sometimes, these malfunctions are intentional. The World Series flashers and the Wimbledon streaker knew exactly what they were doing and paid the price for it. Then there’s the king of wardrobe malfunctions, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl “Nipplegate” fiasco, which the jury is still out on.
The fact of the matter is that many athletes wear tight clothing that serves a functional purpose, and accidents happen. That’s exactly what took place when one bobsledder went to stretch her legs a little too far.
Bobsledder Rips Her Pants
British bobsledder Gillian Cooke was gearing up for a run at the 2010 World Championships in Switzerland when her skin-tight bodysuit ripped.
In the worst place possible.
Right in front of the camera.
With no time to fix her backside or think about the fact that viewers at home just saw her underwear, the 5-foot-8 Cooke hopped in the bobsled and off she went.
While the video of Cooke’s crack went viral, her sledding abilities were just as good as her mooning skills. She and teammate Nicola Minichiello took home seventh place at the event in St Moritz and earned a spot in that year’s Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
The bobsledding pair didn’t fare well in the 2010 Winter Olympics, however. They suffered a scary crash and failed to medal.
She Still Jokes About It
At least Cooke is a good sport about the whole thing. She laughed about it in an interview with The Sun in 2011, in which she also recalled just how cold that run was with her bare skin out. She also said the suit was just a prototype.
“I’m just so grateful I was wearing underwear that day,” she said. “It’s fair to say my glute is more famous than my face.”
Well, Gillian, it could have been far worse. At least she got another crack at bobsledding after the bodysuit mishap.