Each day of the 2008 Olympics we're going to find a bizarre clip or story from a past Summer Olympics. Today we'll look at Belgium Weightlifter Ingeborg Marx.
Due to the lack of decent television options this week we were forced into watching Olympic highlights. There wasn't even an interesting event on... just the men's 62kg weightlifting. We thought we struck sport obscurity gold when Columbian Oscar Figueroa stepped up for his lift and had his hands slip off the bar six times. We thought we had found out newest "Bizarre Olympic Moment" but after some internet research we discovered that Figueroa's collaspe was due to an injured thumb and not the 1 in a million breakdown the announcers made us believe. Collapsing like that in front of 100's of millions of viewers would have definitely qualified Figueroa for this list but not for his injury. Oh well, maybe next time.
Luckily in our searches we found something even more bizarre and obscure from the world of weightlifting...and no it's not Hungarian Janos Baranyai's graphic injury (are you sure you want to click that?)
The bizarre moment in question involves Belgium weightlifter Ingeborg Marx's performance at the 2000 Games in Sydney. As far as we can tell -- our Dutch is a bit suspect -- Marx was a decent cyclist who decided she would have a better shot at the Olympics as a weightlifter. She eventually made it to the Olympics but in her shining moment she embarrassed herself in front of the entire world:
We're a classy bunch here are Waikiki Hockey so we'll avoid the toilet humour ... but feel free to lower the bar and post yours in the comment section below. If her accident wasn't funny enough her screeches had to be.
You would have thought that Marx would have had enough of the Olympics but we're reading that she's signed up to be on Belgium's bobsled team for the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Take a look at the 16 most bizarre Olympic moments in history:
Day 1 - Eric "The Eel" Moussambani
Day 2 - Betty Robinson
Day 3 - Sally Robbins
Day 4 - Abebe Bilkila
Day 5 - 1972 USA Basketball team
Day 6 - Bobby Pearce
Day 7 - Byun Jong-il
Day 8 - Stella Walsh
Day 9 - Spanish Paralympic Basketball Team
Day 10 - Ingeborg Marx
Day 11 - Vanderlei de Lima
Day 12 - Hans-Jurgen Todt
Day 13 - Liu Changchun
Day 14 - Dorando Pietri
Day 15 - 1956 Hungarian Water Polo Team
Day 16 - 1960 Tunisian Modern Pentathlon Team