Canadian Pamela Ware botches dive in spectacular fashion
Pamela Ware's podium dreams were crushed in the blink of an eye. (Photo via @ EmilyBenammar / Twitter)
The Olympic Games are a collection of events with Hercules athletes who can run faster, jump higher and throw farther than humanly possible.
But Canadian diver Pamela Ware just reminded us that Olympians are mortals, after all.
Ware entered the 2020 Tokyo 3-meter seminar fourth, but hopes for a podium fell after the 28-year-old scored 0.0 on her last dive.
The native of Greenfield, Que., Ran up the plank, bounced twice, and just as she was about to take action ... the mission aborted.
After the competition, Ware stated that attempting the dive could have put her at risk of injury.
Despite the devastating result, the 2019 Pan American gold medalist kept a positive attitude, thanking fans for "nice encouraging messages" and promising to come back stronger.
"I'm very proud of myself," said Ware in an Instagram video. “What you see in competition is just a tiny factor of what we actually do to get where we are. I was so ready for this competition and I made it one mistake, it could have happened to anyone, but it happened to me at the wrong time.
"I hope you will get used to having me around because I am not going anywhere. I am not giving up. This competition does not define me and I will not let myself be defeated by it."
Ware was right, it could have happened to anyone, and it actually happened before she even failed that dive. The Mexican Arantxa Chavez scored zero in the earlier preliminary round after failing almost identically.
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