Our Favorite Fails

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When Sydney Saturnino, a first-year senior from Italy, came up with the #GymnasticsFailChallenge earlier this week, she was merely looking for a way to share some hilarious videos with her teammates and international friends.

Saturnino uploaded some photos of her bars and beam falls, one from a competition and one from training, asking her followers what they thought of the challenge while nominating several Italians as well as Lorette Charpy of France, Ana Padurariu of Canada, and Carmen Ghiciuc of Romania to post videos of their own. From there, the challenge blew up, going beyond the women’s elite world and spreading into MAG, J.O., rec gym, cheer, and even into our very own gym fan community.

Over a thousand users on Instagram have uploaded fails of their own, with some hilarious and terrifying results, bringing some much-needed laughter into a community that has been so clouded by sadness and heartbreak in the wake of Larry Nassar’s sentencing.

Not only are we crying laughing at the most ridiculous falls, but it’s also incredibly beautiful to see the international community come together in this way. Gymnastics is stereotypically serious and on the women’s side, it has a history of being super competitive, full of international rivalries and pettiness. But in the age of social media, the women are throwing that out the window and becoming best pals, using Instagram and Twitter to stay in touch between meets.

Instead of trading smug comments or diva glares, the girls today are trading team gear, cheering each other on at major international meets, and now sharing some of their most frustrating — but most hilarious — moments in the sports. It’s been so much fun to see everyone tagging friends from all over the globe, watching them tighten their bond despite any drama that exists on the floor. What they all have in common, and what matters more than any rivalry, is that they’ve all had to fight through the bad days, the skills that never seem to work out, and the endless fails to become some of the best athletes in the world. They fail a thousand times in practice and in competitions, but no matter how defeated they are, they get back up and fight for another chance.

We’re SO obsessed with this trend, we went through literally hundreds of videos to find our favorites, which you can check out below. For the purposes of this post, we stuck with women’s elite, but be sure to check out the tag for videos from across every discipline and level of the sport. What are your faves? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

In no particular order…

1. NAOMI VISSER, NETHERLANDS

We are DYING at the last two videos (the leap on floor and the trampoline.)

2. MARTINA MAGGIO, ITALY

I’ve never seen a nicer inbar on beam.

3. HELENE SCHÄFER, GERMANY

The beam death drop. New skill?

4. EMMA MALABUYO, UNITED STATES

When your fail has a body count.

5. ELISA HÄMMERLE, AUSTRIA

Just…how?

6. LATALIA BEVAN, GREAT BRITAIN

Again…HOW.

7. KRISTYNA PALESOVA, CZECH REPUBLIC

Onodis are always SO elegant.

8. EMMA SPENCE, CANADA

All of Emma’s fails are “such a mood” according to Morgan Hurd.

9. NINA DERWAEL, BELGIUM

Even the best fall down sometimes.

10. MARTINA RIZZELLI, ITALY

When you ping off a full 20 minutes earlier than you meant.

11. ANASTASIA DUBOVA, LATVIA

This whole thing was a struggle but she was SO CLOSE.

12. DANUSIA FRANCIS, JAMAICA

Only Nush could make both of these look great.

13. PAULINE TRATZ, GERMANY

This is why Pulla sticks to vault and floor at UCLA.

14. MARGRET LEA KRISTINSDOTTIR, ICELAND

A whole series of gems (and sometimes you need to take your coach down too).

15. JULIA RUMBUTIS, GEORGIA

Julia is basically a cartoon.

16. SANNA VEERMAN, NETHERLANDS

The second video is absolutely amazing.

17. ELISKA FIRTOVA, CZECH REPUBLIC

That third video though.

18. SARA BERARDINELLI, ITALY

That first video actually went viral once upon a time! And it’s still epic.

19. JAFREE SCOTT, UNITED STATES

Kelli Hill in the background like “ho hum, a regular day”

20. LEAH GRIESSER, GERMANY

How to do a double spin on beam: just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

BONUS. SEDA TUTKHALYAN, RUSSIA

We KNEW Seda would deliver. And boy does she. Repeatedly.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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22 thoughts on “Our Favorite Fails

  1. I remember Emma talking about this fail in some interview. And I thought that there was no way there was a video of that. I’m glad it does and that everyone survived, haha!

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  2. Rizzelli’s had me laughing forever! Normally I hate “gymnastics fails” things because they’re usually some YouTuber or random person putting together a bunch of other people’s falls and I always think that’s a bit rude or mean. But when they post it themselves, and how everyone was being so “we have all done it,” about it, I did enjoy it some, though some are hard to watch. They look painful.

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    • YES! That’s why I’ve loved this so much…it’s the gymnasts all kind of coming together and sharing these on their own. It’s nice to see them able to laugh at some physically and emotionally painful moments, especially those who posted wipeouts at major meets like the Olympics or worlds, knowing it cost them a finals spot or a medal, but it’s so nice to see everyone laughing at their own falls and not just having them posted without their permission for other people to laugh at.

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