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Olympic Injuries That Are Just Too Painful To Forget

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Olympic athletes are often remembered for their triumphs. But sometimes they endure moments of pain that are just too visceral to forget.

One of those moments came Wednesday, when Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan injured his elbow while competing in the 77-kilogram category at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He's far from the first to suffer such a devastating injury.

Here are some athletes who have endured moments that are simply too painful to forget:

  • Samir Ait Said, 2016
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    French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his left leg while doing a vault at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Samir Ait Said, 2016
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  • Samir Ait Said, 2016
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  • Andreas Toba, 2016
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    German gymnast Andreas Toba suffered a knee injury while tumbling during a floor routine at the Rio Olympics. But he finished the program anyway.
  • Andreas Toba, 2016
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  • Andreas Toba, 2016
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  • Andranik Karapetyan, 2016
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    Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan suffered a nasty elbow injury in the 77-kilogram category in Rio.
  • Andranik Karapetyan, 2016
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  • Andranik Karapetyan, 2016
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  • Jaehyouk Sa, 2012
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    South Korean weightlifter Jaehyouk Sa suffered a dislocated elbow while trying to lift 162 kilograms at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
  • Jaehyouk Sa, 2012
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  • Jaehyouk Sa, 2012
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  • Lazaro Borges, 2012
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    Cuban pole vaulter Lazaro Borges avoided serious injury when his pole snapped during a qualifying round at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Lazaro Borges, 2012
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  • Lazaro Borges, 2012
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  • Katie Glynn, 2012
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    New Zealand field hockey player Katie Glynn suffered a head injury after a Dutch opponent hit her with her stick in a semifinal game at the 2012 London Games.
  • Katie Glynn, 2012
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  • Janos Baranyai, 2008
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    Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai suffered a brutal injury to his elbow in the 77-kilogram category at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • Janos Baranyai, 2008
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  • Janos Baranyai, 2008
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  • Kerri Strug, 1996
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    American gymnast Kerri Strug injured her ankle while competing in vault at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. After hurting herself on her first vault, she then went again, landed the move, acknowledged the crowd on a single leg and then fell from the pain. Coach Bela Károlyi carried her off the floor to claim a gold medal with her team.
  • Kerri Strug, 1996
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  • Kerri Strug, 1996
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  • Derek Redmond, 1992
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    British track athlete Derek Redmond delivered one of the most emotional moments of any Summer Olympics when he hurt his right hamstring and fell to the ground at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. His father Jim came down from the stands, and helped him up as he completed the 400-metre race.
  • Derek Redmond, 1992
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  • Derek Redmond, 1992
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  • Greg Louganis, 1988
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    American diver Greg Louganis was the picture of Olympic toughness when he hit his head on the end of a diving board at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Louganis received five stitches, then dove again and won a gold medal.
  • Greg Louganis, 1988
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