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We all fall down. But when an Olympian, the best of the best, does it, there’s something terribly wrong there. Forget the sports where floor contact is expected like basketball or volleyball. It’s the sports where Olympic dreams are based solely on not tumbling, that we’re focused on, and where the fall is most epic. The 2012 Olympic Athletes have had their share of tumbles. Here are the best of the worst.

Gymnast Jennifer Pinches – Great Britain, Balance Beam. July 31, 2012

Gymnast Gabby Douglas – USA, Balance Beam. August 7, 2012

Runner Nathan Brannen – Canada, Men’s 1500m. August 5, 2012

Gymnast Elsabeth Black – Canada, Vault landing. August 6, 2012

Gymnast Hannah Whelan – Great Britain, Vault Landing. August 2, 2012

Weightlifter Khalil Mahmoud K Abir Abdelrahman – Egypt, Women’s 75kg Weightlifting Final. August 3, 2012

Hurdler Shamar Sands – Bahamas, Men’s 110m Hurdles. August 7, 2012

Gymnast Samuel Mikulak – USA, Horizontal Bar. July 28, 2012

Gymnast Jordyn Wieber – USA, Floor Exercise. August 7, 2012

Hurdler Xiang Liu – China, Men’s 110m Hurdles. August 7, 2012

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Riding Matrix Lisen Fredricson – Sweden, Individual Jumping. August 4, 2012

Runner Clarisse Cruz – Portugal (R),  Women’s 3000m Steeplechase. August 4, 2012

Sailor Tina Mihelic – Croatia, Laser Radial Sailing Class.  August 3, 2012

Weightlifter Rim Jong- North Korea Women’s 69kg Group A Eeightlifting Event. August 1, 2012

Equestrian Yoshiaki Oiwa – Japan, Eventing Cross Country Equestrian. July 30, 2012

Diver Stephen Feck – Germany, Men’s 3m Springboard Diving. August 6, 2012 (originally intended to be a dive)

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