Ellie Downie after her floor routine.

Ellie Downie suffers a nasty landing in gymnastics floor routine at Rio Olympics

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If we have learnt anything so far from the Olympics, it's that gymnastics is a dangerous sport.

On Saturday evening, French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg in a horrific incident during his vault routine. It was an injury that shocked the gymnasium, with medics rushing to support him and sending him to a local hospital.

Luckily, Said got the treatment he needed and has since given a positive update on his injury and his recovery, but it just proves how dangerous gymnastics can really be.


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Then, the next day, Great Britain hopeful Ellie Downie suffered a nasty looking injury when she landed awkwardly on her neck during her floor routine.

The injury was nowhere near as bad as Said's, but it was still a nasty looking landing for the Brit, who clearly had too much momentum following her final flip.

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Downie picked herself up and dusted herself down before finishing her routine, and even went on to compete in other disciplines later that day.

The 17-year-old is taking part in her first ever Olympics, and although it probably wasn't how she had pictured it going, she still showed great courage to continue her routine and to then compete in later disciplines.

Below you can see the video of her awkward landing.

Downie was later interviewed by BBC Sport, and when they asked her about what happened, she said her legs buckled underneath her and when she landed, she heard a slight crunch, but she was desperate to continue because it was an Olympics.

As a precaution, Downie was put in a wheelchair as they took her away from the gymnasium, but she was quick to tell them she wanted to return and compete in the vault.

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