Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Worst moments from the 2012 Summer Olympics

1 of 7

“That’s not how I pictured the script ending,” Canadian triathlete and medal hopeful Simon Whitfield said after he crashed minutes into the cycling portion of the triathlon, ending his Olympics.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

2 of 7

Coming back from a frightening injury, celebrated Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie finished 11th in the competition. London 2012 was the former world champion’s last Olympics.

MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

3 of 7

After losing his grip on his legs, German diver Stephan Feck falls flat on his back in what has come to be known the “worst Olympic dive ever.”

TIM WIMBORNE

4 of 7

After coming back from a debilitating hip injury, Canadian medal-favourite Paula Findlay finished last in the triathlon. “I just want to apologize. I feel terrible. I’m really sorry to everybody, to Canada. I had big hopes for myself,” Findlay said with tears streaming down her face.

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 7

In a matter of seconds, the Canadian men's relay team went from jubilation to heartache. After thinking they had captured a bronze medal, the team learned they were disqualified from the race. Runner Jared Connaughton stepped on the line during the race.

Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS

6 of 7

Australian pole-vaulter Steve Hooker couldn’t recapture the magic he had in Beijing. The former Olympic champion was eliminated from the final without clearing a height.

PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS

7 of 7

The South African relay team’s dreams were nearly dashed after Ofentse Mogawane crashed in the 4x400 relay semi-final. The team was re-instated after an appeal, but still finished last in the final.

DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Report an error