French Olympian Gymnast Suffers Gruesome Leg Injury
Charlie Blacks II August 12th 2016 Sports
Every five years every country around the world sets aside their differences and comes together at a chosen location to see who the best of the best is in their respective athletic fields. Weve already seen Michael Phelps rack up four gold medals making him a record-breaking 26 time gold medalist. Weve also seen the American gymnastics team dominate every aspect of their field, much respect to Simone Biles. Weve seen the American basketball squad goof off in a plethora of videos while dominating the competition. Heck, weve even seen a pair of Filipino divers horribly fail and score a total of 0.0 on two separate dives. But what happened to this French gymnast is probably the most gruesome injury weve seen in recent Olympic history. If you can stomach it, check out the video below.
Yeah, even we flinched watching this mans leg snap like a twig. On the very first day of the Olympics, this past Saturday, the man you see in the video, Samir Aït Saïd, violently broke his leg during the mens qualifying round on the vault. Initially, you can see the focus in the Olympians eyes before he takes down the aisle, as he sprints, he bounces off the trampoline, completes several complex flips, and in while attempting to land his vault a snap is heard throughout the stadium that silenced and shocked the spectators. Saïds left tibia and fibula completely snapped in half and the Olympic medical staffed rushed to his aid to slowly reset his leg as he was hauled off on a stretcher.
Luckily, Saïd is in a stable condition, received surgery immediately, and was recently seen walking around on crutches. Hes in good spirits and is rooting for his French teammates from the sideline. It sucks that such a gruesome injury had to take place on the very first day of the 2016 Summer Olympic games but this should be a reminder to us the dedication and the risks these athletes take, day in and day out to compete at the highest level in the world. With all that being said, we salute you Samir Aït Saïd, we wish you a speedy recovery, and hope to see four years from now from the next Olympic games!