The 2016 Rio Olympics are finally underway and we’ve already had ourselves a couple of dramatic incidents.
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Annemiek van Vleutten had fought herself into the lead during the 141km women’s road race on Sunday, but with less than six miles to go she skidded off the road along a turn and went flying over her handle bars.
Not only that, she smashed her back right against the curb:
Cycling crash. Nasty. pic.twitter.com/GaB5DT1XRh
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) August 7, 2016
The Dutch Cyclist Federation have confirmed Annemiek is OK, which is more than can be said for this French gymnast who also had an shitty bit of luck over the weekend:
(Warning = gruesome injury)
Terrible lo que le pasó al francés Samir Ait Said en la prueba del salto del potro pic.twitter.com/MM0dSRuR16
— Gema González (@gemaaxia) August 6, 2016
Warning Look away if squeamish. Gymnast, Samir Ait Said who missed 2012 injured, broke his leg on day 1 of #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/2crNkmnOp7
— Andy Kerr (@AndyKerrtv) August 6, 2016
Not how he planned it.
These Serbian rowers are also possibly dead after falling into the disease-ridden Rio waters:
WATCH: Serbia men's pair capsizes in the opening heat at the Olympics. #Rio2016 https://t.co/7IvxfZR2wV pic.twitter.com/p6hGRHgCwv
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 6, 2016
No doubt there’ll be plenty more wince-inducing footage from the Olympics this year – we’ll keep you updated.
It’s bound to get worse in the future too, especially now that skateboarding has been confirmed as an official Olympic sport.