• Vallicia Clark

The Snap Heard Around the Arena


French gymnast Samir Ait Said will now be remembered alongside Joe Theismann and Kevin Ware. Ait Said’s left leg snapped on his vault landing, the sharp crack heard audibly throughout the arena. As he lay on the ground rolling over clutching his leg just below the knee, his foot & shin dangled in the opposite direction. The crowed was in awe, and arena medical personnel immediately rushed by his side.

Said was on the ground several minutes as medical personnel worked on him. The French gymnastics federation said later he broke his leg in two places- tibia & fibula. Medical personnel stabilized Said before they moved him to prevent additional leg damage.

French team leader Corrine Moustard-Callon said, “We will do more exams to see if it’s just the bone.”

The crowed was relieved and applauded when Said was finally loaded onto a stretcher, & he put his hand up to acknowledge he was okay. Said was then taken out of the arena and relocated to a local hospital where he will undergo surgery.

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