'I'm human': Explanation behind Olympic diver's baffling miscue

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Canadian diver Pamela Ware pin-dropped into the pool after a miscue in her dive for the 3m springboard semi final.
Canadian diver Pamela Ware copped a score of 0.0 in the 3m springboard semi-final earlier this week, and has since explained why she simply pin-dropped into the pool on Instagram. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter

Canadian diver Pamela Ware has given an explanation on Instagram for her heartbreaking miscue in the women's 3m springboard semi-final earlier this week.

Ware bailed out of her last dive at the last moment, pin-dropping into the water for a score of 0.0 - a mistake which cost her an opportunity to go for gold in the final.

‘GREATEST EVER’: World stunned by 'mind-boggling' feat at Olympics

'INSANITY': Olympics cops backlash after athletics 'injustice'

The 28-year-old, who won bronze at the 2013 World Championships, told Canadian broadcaster CBC she feared she would have hurt herself if she had attempted to complete her planned dive.

“I think that if I would have done the dive, I could have possibly hurt myself," she said.

Ware later took to her Instagram to further describe the sensation, which bore some similarity to the 'twisties' described by USA gymnast Simone Biles after she withdrew from most of her individual and team events earlier in the Tokyo Olympics.

She said she was still proud of her achievements in Tokyo, and the work it took to get there, despite her Games not ending the way she would have hoped.

“I am going to say that I am very proud of myself. Something really difficult," Ware said.

“What you guys 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.

“But I am proud because I have done everything possible to make it to where I am and I’m human, I’m allowed to make mistakes.

“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 does not define me and I will not let it defeat me.”

Ware wasn't the only diver to suffer a brutal miscue on the diving board, with Mexico's Arantxa Chavez also scoring a 0.0 after a similar incident.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Simone Biles set for stunning comeback

Biles has not given up on her Olympics dreams for Tokyo, with USA Gymnastics announcing the 24-year-old will compete in the balance beam final.

Much of the Olympic gymnastic competition was overshadowed by Biles' shock absence from the majority of events after her first few attempts in the team competition.

The American star dominated the Rio Olympics on her way to a strong of world championship victories heading into Tokyo, having been a favourite in most events she entered.

The balance beam is a rare event where Biles would not have been a favourite, having qualified seventh of eight competitors.

However, after describing the loss of equilibrium while twisting in the air which led her to withdraw from her other events, Biles will be keen to simply compete.

Biles was forced to withdraw from the team competition last week after a single rotation.

She was unable to perform her planned vault — falling a full twist short of completion — and landed awkwardly, delivering a devastatingly low score for her teammates.

Biles cited a lack of “air awareness” or what gymnasts call “the twisties” that make trying to complete extremely difficult moves extremely dangerous.

“I didn’t know where I was in the air,” Biles said.

The Houston native said she had been suffering from stress, anxiety and mental health issues upon arriving in Tokyo where the immense pressure to push for perfection became too much.

With Yahoo Sports US

Watch 'Mind Games', the new series from Yahoo Sport Australia exploring the often brutal mental toil elite athletes go through in pursuit of greatness:

Click here to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest and breaking stories from Australia and around the world.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting