The Olympic Games are a collection of events filled with Herculean athletes who can run faster, jump higher and throw further than seems humanly possible.
But Canadian diver Pamela Ware just reminded us that Olympians are mortals, after all.
Ware entered the 3-metre seminal at Tokyo 2020 in fourth place, but all hopes of a podium finish sank after the 28-year-old scored 0.0 on her final dive.
The Greenfield, Que., native ran up the plank, bounced twice, and just as she was about to spring into action… aborted mission.
Despite the devastating result, the 2019 Pan American gold medalist kept a positive mindset, thanked fans for “beautiful messages of encouragement” and promised to come back stronger.
"I am very proud of myself,” Ware said in an . “What you see in the competition is just a tiny factor of what we actually do to get to where we are. I was so ready for this competition and I made a mistake, it could have happened to anybody, but it happened to me at the wrong time.
"I hope you guys are gonna get used to having me around because I’m not going anywhere. I’m not giving up. This competition doesn’t define me, and I’m not letting it defeat me."
Ware was right, it could have happened to anybody, and it actually did before she even failed that dive. Mexican Arantxa Chavez scored zero in the earlier preliminary round after messing up in nearly identical fashion.
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