An Olympic Tragedy

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Friday, August 15, 2008 with 3 comments
We were just talking about Olympic booboos, like how one of United States' gymnasts, Alicia Sacramine, fell off the beam during one of her routines, succumbing to taking home the silver medal for the United States in the Beijing Olympics. Checking for the Games' updates (Phelps just won his sixth gold medal and all in world record times), I was appalled when I saw these:

On photo is 24-year-old Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai dislocating his right elbow during his snatch attempt at 148 kg last August 13. God, I feel his pain just looking at the photos. It must have been agonizing for him and for everyone present at the BUAA Gymnasium where the competitions for weightlifting are held and for everybody else who saw this on live TV. Do these photos show how we are pushing our athletes to their limits? To the point where they have to break or dislocate their bones just to outdo their personal bests? It's been used in some commercials as tag lines that our worst enemy is our own self. True, yes. But we should also be the ones to set the limits for our own... safety.

I hope everything is fine with him, though he wouldn't be competing in any weightlifting events for the time being.

For more on this and additional photos, click here and here.