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    Never Forget The Time That Random Lady In Red Crashed India's Opening March At The 2012 Olympics

    At least it didn't happen this time in Rio.

    During the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, the Indian contingent was led by Sushil Kumar.

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    But while everyone could identify the 83 athletes who made up the team, no one knew who this mysterious woman in red was or where she had come from:

    Cameron Spencer / Getty Images
    Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

    Not only did the unidentified female seem to be part of the contingent, she actually seemed to be leading them ahead of Kumar.

    While the authorities went into overdrive trying to identify her and understand what had happened, the woman became an overnight internet sensation, being memed all the way to Reddit and back.

    She was eventually identified as Madhura Nagendra from Bengaluru, but not before her epic gatecrashing had caused panic on an international scale.

    Everyone from The Times Of India to CNN covered the strange case.

    It turned out that Nagendra was just a performer at the ceremony who, through a deadly combination of lax security, chaos and overeagerness, got swept up with the contingent, and ended up front and centre in front of millions of people.


    According to reports, she was only supposed to accompany the team till the track, but ended up leading them through the entire lap.

    While it may have been an innocent mistake, let's all just take a moment to salute this legend once again, shall we?

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