The Top 10 Biggest Sports #Fails of All Time
For athletes on the world stage, nothing is worse than choking under pressure. Here are the 10 most memorable transgressors
- By Jim Morrison
- Smithsonian.com, June 28, 2012
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The plot: O'Brien entered the year as the world champion in the decathlon, featured by NBC in pre-Olympic coverage and in a Reebok advertising campaign with rival Dave Johnson.
The choke: O'Brien failed to clear his starting height of 15 feet 9 inches in the pole vault, scoring no points and dropping from first to 12th place. He could not recover and did not make the team for the Barcelona games. He did return in 1996, earning a gold medal at the Atlanta games.