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Breaking silence in gymnastics culture should leave legacy

Sinead Kissane


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Ireland’s Ellis O’Reilly performs her floor routine during the qualification stage of the women’s artistic gymnastics at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland’s Ellis O’Reilly performs her floor routine during the qualification stage of the women’s artistic gymnastics at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photo: Sportsfile

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Ireland’s Ellis O’Reilly performs her floor routine during the qualification stage of the women’s artistic gymnastics at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photo: Sportsfile

Ellis O'Reilly looked shocked at what had just happened. It was the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Instead of landing on her feet, O'Reilly landed on her head after a mistake with her footing on her dismount from the beam in the artistic gymnastics.

There was a cruel sound of laughter from sections of the crowd in the gymnastics arena when her dismount went dangerously wrong.

O'Reilly took a few deep breaths and got to her feet. The crowd cheered as she walked off the floor. That was the end of her Olympics. It would also turn out to be the end of her career.