Summer Olympics 2012: 15 Scariest Events to Watch

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 8, 2012

Summer Olympics 2012: 15 Scariest Events to Watch

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    The Olympic Games are fun to watch, but there are certain events where fans can't help but cringe with fear.

    Fear for what could go wrong, and the consequences.

    While we watch the Games in London these events will have fans on the edge of their seats, hoping, praying that nothing goes wrong.

    We've seen some truly gruesome injuries during these events, and the best athletes in the world will push the limits further than they've been pushed before, leading to some injuries.

    These are the events to fear during the London Games.

Horizontal Bar

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    Gymnastics are always a bit of a risk, but the horizontal bar is easily one of the biggest.

    Performing flips and twists on a bar that is 278 cm (more than nine feet) high is incredibly dangerous, and falls on this event can be nasty.

Pommel Horse

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    Depending on who is doing the pommel horse, it can be a very dangerous event. Many gymnasts play it safe on this event, but some take huge risks.

    The pommel horse itself isn't exactly softest thing to land on, and can cause serious damage.


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    No matter where you are, weightlifting can be dangerous. If you don't know your limits or trying showing off you can cause irreversible damage to your body.

    When Olympians compete with the hopes of countries on their shoulders, some will push beyond what they are capable of and can be seriously injured.


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    The first marathon came in 490 B.C. when a soldier and messenger named Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles from the battlefield to the city of marathon and yelled "victory!"

    Then he died.

    Naturally it would make sense to keep doing something that causes death.

    While the Olympians who are competing are much better conditioned, there is no doubt that this is a dangerous event.

Road Cycling

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    Like the marathon, road cycling's physical exertion can be deadly, but the addition of higher speeds and nastier falls lands road cycling on this list.

    If you go down in the middle of a pack you're in serious trouble.


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    If running or cycling wasn't enough, why not combine the two and add in swimming for one of the most exhausting events in history.

    The triathlon can be dangerous during every event, including cramping while swimming, falling while biking and severe dehydration during the running.


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    This event needs to explanation, but I'll give it a go just for the heck of it.

    Throwing 300-pound competitors into a ring and telling them to fight is obviously going to cause injuries.

    You can only hope that they aren't severe.


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    As safe as we've made it in the last few decades, boxing is still a dangerous sport that can have some serious injuries.

    The best we can hope for as fans is that there will be no lasting damage from the fights in London.

4x100m Relay

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    While relays may not seem very dangerous to most fans, there are some hidden risks, especially during the passes.

    When sprinters are going as fast as 20 miles per hour and are trying to hand off a short baton, you don't know what's going to happen. A fall in this event can be extremely damaging.

Equestrian Jumping

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    Equestrian doesn't have a reputation as a dangerous sport, but jumping horses can be risky.

    Whether the rider gets bucked off, the horse falls, they two miss the jump or, worst of all, the horse somehow lands on the rider, serious injuries can occur during equestrian jumping.

Each Diving Event

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    If you can't get far away enough from the board in diving then there is a very high possibility of hitting your head, which can result in concussions or worse.

    The danger isn't so much the landing as it is the takeoff here.

Hammer Throw

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    The reason why the hammer throw is on this list instead of the shot put is the fact that the hammer throw can go so incredibly far that it is not safe to host in a stadium.

    There is a much higher risk for fans than athletes with this event, but there is still a very real possibility of severe injury.

Pole Vault

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    The pole vault is dangerous for obvious reasons, as launching yourself off a pole that is more than 15 feet high can result in serious injury.

    Sergey Bubka's world record of 6.14 meters (over 20 feet) is very dangerous, and some competitors will look to come very close to this record, if not break it.


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    Olympian hurdlers don't clear the hurdles by more than three inches if they hope to win, making every hurdle a danger.

    If you hit a hurdle at full speed there's a good chance that you're going to go down, and it won't be pretty.

Balance Beam

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    To be frank, the balance beam isn't safe. Competitors are flipping and twisting while trying to land on a beam that is four inches wide.

    Four inches.

    Serious injuries can occur in this event, and while it isn't too high off the ground, the beam itself can pose many problems.