French gymnast Samir Aït Saïd suffered a horrific leg injury on the biggest stage in sports last night, after he snapped his tibia and fibula after landing awkwardly following a vault jump.
The 26-year-old, who missed the London Games in 2012 due to a broken right leg, writhed on the mat after the lower part of his leg turned completely on a right angle.
According to Mirror, spectators said the sound of the snap of the breaking bones “echoed through the arena,” but the Olympian didn’t even shriek after the pain took over his body.
Saïd’s family were reportedly heard crying from the stands, as the entire arena went silent following the injury.
To add insult to injury, as the Olympian was being loaded into the ambulance, medics reportedly dropped him, which probably didn’t feel great.
Paul George, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in a 2014 Olympic scrimmage, tweeted out words of encouragement to Saïd. George worked his way back to a full recovery and is playing the best basketball of his career. Hopefully the Frenchman can follow suit.