The wide world of sports at the Olympics is a lot stranger than you think it is. Shooting , swimming , tennis etc are the sports that come to our minds when we think about Olympics but you will be astonished to see how some weird, super weird sports found their place in some Olympics or the other.
If we feel that we are in trouble we start making excuses. Excuses are an attempt to justify something that you have done and also there by proving yourself right. Another definition is to release one from something such as a duty, such as to excuse one from going to school.