ADDY BINK | SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The world of sports can be an exciting place. There are buzzer beaters, close games and rivalries everywhere. But with these come injuries. It is almost rare to turn on a game and not see someone get hurt. Some are worse than others, like Gordon Hayward’s recent injury to his left leg which included a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. Here are some other gruesome injuries that have occurred in the wide world of sports.
The French gymnastics team likely missed their chance at team finals in the 2016 Olympic Games when gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg. But, it was no standard break. As Ait Said dismounted from a vault, his left leg snapped and could be seen dangling in the opposite direction. Said missed the rest of the Olympics with a broken tibia and fibula. This came just four years after breaking his right tibia in three places on a vault in the 2012 Olympics. He is expected to make a return in the 2020 Olympics.
Remember Super Bowl XLIX? The Seattle Seahawks were taking on the New England Patriots and Jeremy Lane, the Seahawks’ cornerback, was on fire. After intercepting a Tom Brady pass, Lane landed on his left arm. The pictures do not even look real. Lane’s arm bends like rubber just above his wrist. Lane would have surgery during the game, but would wake up to see the Seahawks lose to the Patriots.
In 2014, an intrasquad scrimmage for the US National basketball team was suspended due to Paul George breaking his leg. After trying to catch James Harden on a fast break, George landed and appeared to catch his right leg under the padding of the hoop. In the replays, George’s shin is seen snapping in half. He was carted off on a stretcher and went into surgery in Las Vegas.
his article would not be complete without recalling Kevin Ware’s broken leg. The Louisville guard went down during the first half of the Elite 8 game of the 2013 March Madness. While trying to block a three point shot by Duke’s Tyler Thornton, Ware landed awkwardly on his right leg. His broken tibia could be seen sticking almost six inches out of his skin. Ware underwent a successful two-hour surgery to repair his bone. He now plays for a Czech professional basketball club, BC Brno.
At a track meet in Rome in 2007, French long jumper Salim Sdiri received one of the most interesting injuries I have ever seen. Tero Pitkamaki of Finland, released his javelin as he had done many times before, but this time was different. It traveled way off target, impaling Sdiri over 80 meters away. Sdiri received injuries to his liver and right kidney, keeping him out of practice for five months.
And finally, Akil Mitchell, while playing with the New Zealand Breakers early this year, appeared to get poked in the eye while battling for a rebound. His eye was dislodged from its socket, causing him to lose sight in it for about a month. He began wearing protective glasses when he returned to the basketball court.