Gymnasts Share Their Performance Horror Stories

  • Published: 21 January 2020
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    The sportsman performing difficult gymnastic exercise at gym.
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    Camera flies through math formulas on background. Math calculations functions equations. Matrix made up of formulas. Abstract cognitive process concept. Seamless loop. Greenscreen chromakey
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    Gymnastic rings at the gym
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    throwing green cube into pit in amusement center
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    Gymnast performing gymnastic cross exercise on gymnastic rings. Shot in slow motion
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    male gymnast athlete performs handstand and rotation on rings on dark background and smoke in slow motion
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    male gymnast athlete performs handstand and rotation on rings on dark background and smoke in slow motion
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    Gymnast on a dark background on the crossbar performs spins and jumps over himself in the air in slow motion and around the smoke
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    Gymnast on a dark background on the crossbar performs spins and jumps over himself in the air in slow motion and around the smoke
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    Gymnast performing gymnastic cross exercise on gymnastic rings.
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    Gymnast hand on horizontal bar in the gym
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Comments • 197

  • TomCook1993
    TomCook1993  5 days back

    gymnastics: where twinks become TWUNKS

    • David Hardy
      David Hardy  1 weeks back

      That’s first guys hair is amazing!!!!

      • Harriett Dunphy
        Harriett Dunphy  1 weeks back

        I want theatre kids to tell their horror stories! 😂😂 (tech week)

        • Wil The Gymnast
          Wil The Gymnast  2 weeks back

          I was on rings I was doing a dislocate to double and my grip ripped and so I went SAILING and did like a triple twisting double layout or something ( I’m kidding) but then I landed on my feet and ACTUALLY stuck it but I was just scared out of my mind. Sooooo yeah

          • jasayehan
            jasayehan  2 weeks back

            Julian is cute. Got his IG?

            • Via Galarza
              Via Galarza  2 weeks back

              I was watching the first story and oh my god- i shouldnt of laughed.. but... i laughed s o. H a r d

              • oh.its.mellissa
                oh.its.mellissa  2 weeks back

                Damn ring guy , tell the same story 18 times already

                • Iveta Welborn
                  Iveta Welborn  2 weeks back

                  Rock climber horror stories yo

                  • Marieke D
                    Marieke D  2 weeks back

                    I went to watch the men’s Elite Canada competition back in the 90’s, this guy was on high bar doing giants and lost his grip, flew off the bar and hit the wall (yes it was very badly designed to have the high bar anywhere near a wall). The wall had those big thick, blue mats. Anyway hit hit it, hit the floor unconscious. His mom was sitting behind me and she screamed! (Don’t blame her!). By the end of the event he was back from the hospital and all he had was a broken big toe, and of course a concussion but not a severe one. He got off super lucky!

                    • Katie Danielle
                      Katie Danielle  3 weeks back

                      that first story made me laugh out loud real good 😂

                      • Magick Miiror
                        Magick Miiror  3 weeks back

                        One time on the playground I jumped up on those bars to do a few flip/spins and the moment I jumped up and the bar hit my lower abdomen as I was going to flip forward, I accidentally let out a huuuuuge fart but my momentum was going so I was farting AS I was spinning on the bar. Ugh, I'm still embarrassed to this day.

                        • Hannah Donovan
                          Hannah Donovan  3 weeks back

                          I used to rip my hands a lot, I can still feel the phantom pain just thinking about it.

                          • Erin Masterson
                            Erin Masterson  3 weeks back

                            Rips don't hurt as bad as the first guy is making them seem

                            • Elena Bala
                              Elena Bala  3 weeks back

                              These are some of my fails

                              I was warming up a turn on beam and my foot slipped and I hit my hips on the beam the fell onto my head.

                              Once I was doing a cartwheel (I don't know how I messed this up I've competed them lol) and both my feet missed so I split the beam.

                              I was doing a squat on on bars and my feet slipped off so I fell onto my back and it didn't hurt at all but it sure did scare me lol

                              I was doing back walkovers on beam and one hand missed scorpioned and hurt my back.

                              On vault I hesitated and fell to the side of the vault where there was no mat and hurt my heels and they still hurt 2 years later lmao

                              Ive done much much much more but these are my favorites/most painful:)

                              • Anna Verena
                                Anna Verena  3 weeks back

                                Nurses. Like icu nurses, er nurses, all kind of Specialized nurses. Would love that

                                • Amberger Helper
                                  Amberger Helper  7 days back

                                  Anna Verena They’ve done at least one. ☺️

                              • Grey Garcia
                                Grey Garcia  3 weeks back


                                • Pari Schmeling
                                  Pari Schmeling  3 weeks back

                                  When girls do this at least 2 will say that they spilt the beam
                                  That Is the most painful way to fall then after you just have to day your fine and get back up again. Uhhhhhh

                                  • Bethany Tymes
                                    Bethany Tymes  2 weeks back

                                    Pari Schmeling it’s honestly not that painful

                                • Aerion Wolf
                                  Aerion Wolf  3 weeks back

                                  I couldn’t stop looking at the first guys hair it’s amazing

                                  • Alexa Gunnell
                                    Alexa Gunnell  3 weeks back

                                    My horror story:

                                    When I was fourteen I was in the middle of my uneven bar routine, and I was on the high bar transitioning back to the low. Somehow my hand slipped, and I flew through the air and landed back-first on the low bar. I then fell to the ground and I couldnt even move. I knew I screwed up my back super bad. It was the worst pain I've ever had in my life.

                                    They called the ambulance, and I spent a week and a half in the hospital with four fractured disks. ✌️

                                    • Abigail Deavel
                                      Abigail Deavel  2 weeks back

                                      Alexa Gunnell ooof! Am so sorry, sounds so painful!

                                    • gabby
                                      gabby  3 weeks back

                                      Yay now I’m scared

                                    • Olivia Long
                                      Olivia Long  3 weeks back

                                      ouch!!! This is not bad at all but I was doing tap swings and I slipped backward. I flew from the high bar to low and landed directly on my hips. I am fine I only knocked the breath out of me and got scratches on my hips. 😂

                                    • aditya joshi
                                      aditya joshi  3 weeks back

                                      Alexa Gunnell first of all 😣 secondly was it like the bane snapping batman’s back only real?

                                  • Ella Wakeman
                                    Ella Wakeman  3 weeks back

                                    Rhythmic gymnastics horror story: I once got my period super unexpectedly during a public display, and BLED all over the FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR leo I was borrowing from my friend, plus stained our beautiful gym floor. Thank god I had chosen to keep my bike shorts on over the leo (because I felt a bit weird before heading on floor and suspicious that Mother Nature might be about the screw me over), so I don’t think many of the hundreds of civilians watching our performance noticed, but I felt so bad because I’d permanently stained that gorgeous and expensive leotard that wasn’t even mine...

                                    • Guage Henthorn
                                      Guage Henthorn  3 weeks back

                                      Please buzzfeed....... I beg of you...... make something actually good like marching band horror stories!!!!!!

                                      (Not that the other horror story videos aren’t good)

                                      • Enakoii
                                        Enakoii  3 weeks back

                                        I used to be a figure skater/ice skater for 4 years. I was doing a "drag" (where you basically kneel on the ice, your foot dragging behind you, while you slide across). Then, I accidentally spun round and felt my knee agonising me.. really badly. So, I came off the ice, looked at my knee..

                                        It had a huge cut across it. I had sliced my knee with my ice skate blade, through my leggings.

                                        • Cassandra Todd
                                          Cassandra Todd  3 weeks back

                                          I was a figure skater for 10 years, and I can't tell you how many times I've cut my pants and tights doing that. (My coach calls this move a "lunge" BTW)

                                      • joshkolbo
                                        joshkolbo  3 weeks back

                                        Does anyone knows Jack’s instagram 😭

                                        • Haoua Senoussi
                                          Haoua Senoussi  3 weeks back

                                          Take a shot every time he says “all of a sudden”

                                          • Rman Nayr
                                            Rman Nayr  4 weeks back

                                            I WENT SAILING!

                                            • Keili Thompson
                                              Keili Thompson  4 weeks back

                                              I hate getting rips

                                              • A. K.
                                                A. K.  4 weeks back

                                                Jack's eyes are BEAUTIFUL

                                                • John Secret Spirit
                                                  John Secret Spirit  4 weeks back

                                                  Why the gay hairdo

                                                  • JasminLikeThePrincessButNoE

                                                    Love Julian's hair tho

                                                    • Instigator I
                                                      Instigator I  4 weeks back

                                                      I thought his story was at the height of painful and then : “to make matter worst”

                                                      • Gustavo G
                                                        Gustavo G  4 weeks back

                                                        Does someone has jack's ig?

                                                        • rain dash
                                                          rain dash  4 weeks back

                                                          Pole dance horror stories!

                                                          • Gregg Zumbari
                                                            Gregg Zumbari  4 weeks back


                                                            • Sheldon S
                                                              Sheldon S  4 weeks back

                                                              When you click on a Buzzfeed video because you realized you know the person in cover photo!

                                                              • Shreya Chand
                                                                Shreya Chand  4 weeks back

                                                                Jack's skin. OMG ❤️.

                                                                • Esh 38
                                                                  Esh 38  4 weeks back

                                                                  Similar thing that happened to Julian happened to me, when I was like 9-10 years old my grip loosened on the bar and I flew across and ended up break my arm in a Z-shape and all I remember is me yelling “MY WRIST” over and over and the whole place went silent.

                                                                  • Melo
                                                                    Melo  4 weeks back

                                                                    I remember when I was in school they had us play floor hockey in gym class. When I tried to hit the puck I hit this other girls stick and snapped it in half.

                                                                    • Lesley Nevarez
                                                                      Lesley Nevarez  4 weeks back

                                                                      The sound effects are unnecessary

                                                                      • - angie
                                                                        - angie  4 weeks back

                                                                        hey buzzfeed! i saw your video on "black grandmas eating other black grandmas' sweet potato pie"

                                                                        i enjoyed it! can you make a video on filipino moms eating other filipino moms' spaghetti?

                                                                        • Shawn
                                                                          Shawn  4 weeks back

                                                                          Why is the secondary camera always changing focus???

                                                                          • elissamarcus
                                                                            elissamarcus  4 weeks back

                                                                            My gymnastics horror story is I begged and begged my mom to let me do it but she said it was too dangerous, finally when I was 10 she let me sign up for a beginner class. I was so bummed out that every other student was like 3 and 4 years old that I never took another class 😭

                                                                            • Lexi Teachey
                                                                              Lexi Teachey  4 weeks back

                                                                              My gymnastics horror story:
                                                                              I was on the trampolines at my gym doing backhand springs into a back tuck and I had done it several times before on the trampolines but this time I guess I put too much pressure into my back tuck and I went flying backwards towards the wall which had a trampoline proped up against it (it was a average sized one you could move) and I ended up slamming into the wall and sliding my back along the trampoline. My entire back was scraped up and I was under all the surrounding trampolines completely baffled as to what just happened. No one saw it happen luckily😂

                                                                              • Gaby A
                                                                                Gaby A  4 weeks back

                                                                                The guy worried about breaking equipment... That gym supposed to have all their equipment checked. Omg how can he ever think I'm too fat for the rings and being worried and ashamed?. I would reported to the gym for not having safe equipments.
                                                                                But I'm a fat woman with zero training. Just feel bad for him feeling like this

                                                                                • Anti Millennial
                                                                                  Anti Millennial  4 weeks back

                                                                                  their ig pls?

                                                                                  • Just Job
                                                                                    Just Job  4 weeks back

                                                                                    my horror gymnastics story:

                                                                                    *gymnastics practice*

                                                                                    • Annabel Cluck
                                                                                      Annabel Cluck  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Do women gymnasts

                                                                                      We have A LOT of horror stories

                                                                                    • Elizabeth Brigham
                                                                                      Elizabeth Brigham  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Musician tour crew horror story

                                                                                      • ಠ_ಠ •
                                                                                        ಠ_ಠ •  4 weeks back

                                                                                        My horror story when I saw my self in mirror while having a chicken pox 😭