Swimmer Makes Ass of Himself

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2009 3:01 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Champion US swimmer Ricky Berens got that sinking feeling when his high-tech suit split down the back an instant before he sailed into the water for his leg of a relay at the FINA Swimming World Championship in Rome. The result was a flash of muscly derrière transmitted on TV stations around the globe.

"I kind of freaked out for just a second," said Berens, who won a gold medal in Beijing. "I felt like I was putting on a pretty good show." The wardrobe malfunction didn't cause him to fall to the rear. The 21-year-old swimmer still helped his relay team win the gold.