One small step
The 1991 World Student Games were held in Sheffield. Who better to open them than local lass and first British astronaut Helen Sharman, fresh from a trip to the Mir space station? Trouble was, more used to floating weightless than trotting round a track, she tripped and dropped the torch, extinguishing the ceremonial flame.
The tooth will out
The 2008 Olympics' opening bash at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium was deemed a success, with spectacular fireworks (aided by CGI, it turned out) and flawless dance routines. Yet controversy ensued when it emerged that cute, pigtailed nine-year-old Lin Miaoke, who "sang" the national anthem, was miming to another schoolgirl's voice. Embarrassed organisers were forced to admit that the vocals actually belonged to seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who had won