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: Jansen, who failed to medal as a favorite at the 1988 Olympics in the wake of his sister's death, was the world's best speed skater, entering the games with the world record in the 500 meters.
The choke: Jansen stumbled in the 500, finishing fourth—more than a second off his world record—then faded on the final lap of the 1,000 meters, finishing a devastating 26th. For Jansen, though, there would be redemption: a gold medal in the 1994 Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway.
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