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Olympic Sports

Sometimes All You Have To Do To Win Gold Is Not Fall Down


short track fall

The women’s 500 meter short track finals ended in spectacularly brutal fashion when three of the four skaters collided and crashed, allowing then-fourth place skater Jianrou Li of China to rocket into first and take the gold medal.

Twenty seconds into the race, Park Seung-Hi (Korea) led Arianna Fontana (Italy) and Elise Christie (Great Britain) with Li bringing up the rear. Christie tried to make a pass on one of the turns and ended up wiping out everyone except Li, who went on to win the race by six seconds.

Here’s a GIF below, via BI Sports (footage via BBC):

The resulting photos of the crash and its emotional aftermath are just spectacular:


This is why you never, ever give up. You never know when your opponents will go crashing into the wall through no fault of their own.

Photos via Getty


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    116 intentionally dropped the other 2. Zoom this gif to 400 ratio, and you will see 116 not only kick out with her left leg, which drops one, but then braces herself with her right handarm while she pushes the left skater.


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