Skip to main content

Watch (if you must): French gymnast suffers horrific leg break at Olympics

  • Author:
  • Updated:

For the squeamish among you, we urge you NOT to click play on the video below.

It shows the horrific moment French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg upon landing his vault jump at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Saturday.

His leg folded beneath him below the knee during the men's qualification event, suffering a major break in his tibia that left his lower leg at a vomit-inducing angle as paramedics rushed to his side.

BBC Sport reports Said, who won gold on the rings at the 2013 European Championships, acknowledged the crowd as he was taken from the arena on a stretcher.

U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva told other gymnasts not to look at Said's leg, the BBC reports, adding: "Even though we're on different teams, we know each other and I've known Samir since I was 14. It really sucks, but we have a job to do."

Next Up


Motorcyclist killed on I-494 crash in Richfield

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim as a 42-year-old Shakopee man.


Gallery: This Seward Neighborhood gem SOLD fast!

Classic 1903 home came with modern updates

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Evacuations underway after explosion, fire on U of M campus

Evacuations are in effect on campus after an underground explosion and fire Thursday afternoon.

hopkins high school

‘Terrible prank’ during tornado drill causes scare at Hopkins High School

The school principal said the incident brought armed police to the school and "understandably caused some scholars anxiety."

MNBCA - Balsimo 1

Woman admits to role in St. Paul man's gruesome murder

A 32-year-old Duluth woman has taken a plea deal in the case of a 34-year-old St. Paul man's murder.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

'Living nightmare’ alleged at Savage, Minn. rabbit sanctuary

"Peacebunny Cottage" is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.


Tractor tips on embankment, killing man in Kandiyohi County

The tractor reportedly tipped and fell on top of the man, pinning him underneath.

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin teams with Mike Golic Jr. for college football broadcasts

Martin, 33, lives in Minnesota and continues to climb the sports broadcasting ladder.

Melvin Carter

St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families

The expansion would give more than 300 families a monthly payment of $500.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

Use of car seat in crash that killed child still under investigation

The mother of the child was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.


Olympic 'Blade Runner' inspires Minnesota boy who also lost both legs

The South African Olympic runner and double amputee known as the "Blade Runner" is inspiring a Coon Rapids boy to do anything he sets his mind to. Eli Guthrie, 8, has the same congenital birth defect as Oscar Pistorius, and like the runner, had both his legs amputated below the knee as an infant. Guthrie told KARE-TV that Pistorius makes him "want to run around and be in the Olympics and be kind of like him."

London Olympics: The most-watched event in U.S. television history

The headline says it all. Over the course of two-plus weeks, the London Olympics became the most-watched event in the history of television in the United States. NBC reports an estimated 219.4 million people tuned into to watch the drama unfold.