The 5 Most Heartbreaking Moments of the 2012 Olympics [VIDEOS]

August 13, 2012 12:10 am

Pressure is on for the top athletes of every country at the 2012 London Olympics. While the audience is full of joyous cheers for the winning golds, our hearts drop when we athletes tumble out of the competition. We compiled a list of top  heartbreaking moments of the Games and although these stories might make you tear up, we are still proud of their hardwork and dedication…most of all, their ability to hold their head high after defeat.

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During the super heavyweight weightlifting competition, German weightlifter Matthias Steiner  attempted to lift 432 pounds of cast iron before collapsing and pinching his neck under the barbell.

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(Photographer Lars Baron)

American fans were heartbroken when team favorite Jordyn Wieber didn’t qualify for the individual all-around competition (she finished fourth). Unfortunately for the talented gymnast, a possible stress fracture in her leg might be the reason for a continued heartbreak. In her final Olympic floor routine, she finished seventh out of eight, stepping out of bounds which knocked her score down to 14.5. A disappointing finish for the young Olympian, and we hope it doesn’t break her spirit.

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(Photographer Ronald Martinez)


One German diver has gained Internet fame…but not for his achievements. In the men’s 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries, Stephan Feck lost grip of his leg during his forward 3 1/2 somersault and landed in a backwards belly flop. Receiving zeros from the judges, he failed to qualify and even worse, finished in last place with a score 167.65 points behind the second-to-last diver.

A scandal involving the fairness of the Games broke down South Korea fencer Shin A-lam. Competing for a spot in the final for the women’s épée, Shin was tied in a 5-5 score with opponent Britta Heidemann (Germany) when the clock was reset from zero to one second. Due to the rule where one fencer is awarded “priority,” when a contest goes into sudden death, Shin would have had a chance. But after judges deliberation, action resumed and Britta won. Shin was left sobbing on the piste in front of the entire stadium.

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(Photographer Hannah Johnston)

Athletes can be very hard on themselves, and Chinese weightlifter Wu Jingbiao took his second-place winning as a “failure.” Bitterly crying on camera, he apologized: “I shamed my country, my team and all of those who cared for me. I’m sorry!” We think Wu should be proud to have placed and travel back home with the silver!


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