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20 Gymnastics Fail GIFs

by: Esteban On  Thursday, August 2, 2012

gymnastics fail gifs

Yesterday we told about American gymnast McKayla Maroney and her jaw-dropping vault during the team all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was so good that it literally left the judges flabbergasted, and yet they didn’t award it a perfect score. Of course, losing a few tenths of a point didn’t hurt the USA gymnastics team, who won the team competition in a walk, but it sure made a lot of people think WTF?

But I think the problem is obvious. Those judges just haven’t seen enough bad gymnastics to the know the really good stuff when they see it. So I decided to help them out by doing a list of 20 awesome gymnastics fail GIFs. The Olympic gymastics judges can study these before they hand out any more medals so they don’t blow any more calls like they did with McKayla Maroney.

Also, I figured readers at large (that’s you) would probably find these amusing, too. So have a look.

20. Nice recovery

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You would have to think that, while they’d deduct a few points for the screwup, they’d also give him a few back for making such an awesome recovery. Then again, the other day it took the Olympic judges like 30 minutes to determine whether a male Japanese gymnast actually did a handstand or not. (In the end they decided that, yep, he did. So they changed his score, which bumped Great Britain from silver to bronze and denied the Ukraine a medal altogether.)

19. Balance problem

funny gymnastics fail

There’s a reason this girl is not on the actual gymnastics team.

18. Pile-up

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Nice going, Phil. You ruined it for everybody.

17. Floor routine fail

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I think this girl had the same problem as the last guy.

16. Playground gymnastics

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There’s a reason why they always have padded mats around while gymnasts do their routines. And this is it.

15. Vault fail

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Got a little too much air on that spring board I guess. It probably didn’t hurt, though. Just embarrassing.

14. Trampoline fail

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Trampoline is a separate event in the Olympics, but it’s in the same family of sports as gymnastics. So I included this one.

13. Bad dismount

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This guy was probably like, “dude, I totally meant to do that.”

12. Head spring

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You’ve heard of hand springs? Well this is the far more rare head spring.

11. Gold Medalist fail

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This is why 2008 all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin was not on this year’s team. (Obviously, she’s lost the magic touch.)

10. Balance beam dance

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This is what I would look like if I hopped on the balance beam—the only difference being that I would fall off much sooner.

9. Close call

close call near miss

This isn’t really a gymnastics fail at all. In fact, this girl is actually kind of impressive. It is, however, a parenting/child supervision fail, because what the hell is this kid doing walking out in front of her like that?

8. Flip out

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Those guys really build up some speed on the horizontal bar. I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

7. Synchronized fail

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Now THAT’S teamwork.

6. The neckbreaker

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Are kid fails a lot funnier than adult fails, or is it just me?

5. Hits the wall

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There’s like 50 yards of mat, but this girl managed to run out of room and hit the wall. You gotta love it.

4. Practice fail

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Yeah, you really gotta hit the sweet spot on those springboards to make sure you get enough air.

3. Balance beam bellyflop

gymnastics fail

Epic fail, or radical new dismount?

2. Missed the target

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While this must have been embarrassing, this could have been a lot worse. If you’re going to screw up on the vault, it’s best if you miss the target.

1. Hit the target

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See? At least the kid in the last one didn’t do this. That probably would have turned him off to the whole sport.




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