German Diver’s Flop Earns a Zero Score
A botched dive by Germany’s Stephan Feck in the men’s springboard competition earned a score of zero from all judges, a trip to last place and major Internet infamy.
The video of the Olympic mishap went viral, inspiring memes and jokes across social media.
Feck’s triple somersault dive started normally but went awry when his hand slipped, causing him to lose his tuck position. He landed flat on his back in the pool, luckily escaping serious injury.
In a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian diver Ethan Warren explained that a back landing can leave a diver quite sore, depending on how hard the person hits the water. “You get this big sort of burning, stinging sensation. A bit of bruising, some blood vessels can pop, but overall that’s sport.”
“We thought this unorthodox attempt was a charming way to break the monotony of seeing every dive performed to perfection. Alas, this whimsy was lost on the judges,” wrote Yahoo! Sports writer Greg Wyshynski. “But hey, in the end, the dude still made the Olympics. He probably doesn’t give a Feck …”
Feck has since withdrawn from competition due to pain issues.
Here’s a GIF file showcasing the worst Olympic dive of all time.