Rio 2016 Gymnast Breaks Leg in Horrifying Olympics Moment
It was the landing felt around the world. Yesterday, French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg in a horrifying moment that serves as an early low point for Rio 2016, with the image of his snapped tibia causing viewers worldwide to squirm in revulsion.
Said, who was a gold medalist in the 2013 European Championships, was forced to leave the stadium on a stretcher following what will inevitably become one of the most heavily replayed moments of the competition. We’ve included photos and video footage of the incident below, but be warned – we’re veering into NSFL territory here, so if you’re reading this while eating your morning bowl of cereal, you may want to rethink that choice.
Stopped eating? Good.
Said’s fortunes took a turn for the worse during the qualifying rounds of the men’s vault, which began with an otherwise stand run-up to the apparatus.
Said performed a rotation in mid-air. So far, so good. No leg-breaking here, just solid gymnastic skills. But then…
…oh. Oh God. Oh God no.
NO. PLEASE STOP. LEGS AREN’T MEANT TO BEND LIKE THAT, WHY IS IT BENDING LIKE THAT?
Yeah, that’s it, tracksuit man – put your hand on his chest. That’s clearly the issue here, not his wonky leg that looks like it’s hanging on by a thread. While you’re at it, why don’t you check his temperature?
Said was then stretchered out of the arena, in a moment that serves as a reminder that even the sports that are seemingly the most harmless can have terrifying ramifications.
So remember, kids: don’t play sports, because if you do and get so good at them that you become a professional, you risk snapping your leg in front of millions of people in Rio de Janeiro.