Every day on their jobs athletes in all sports risk injury. Some even flirt with death. The blistering speed and brute force that is crucial to success in any sport can often have hazardous consequences. Over the last few decades we have witnessed spectacular in equal parts horrifying incidents that made us want to look away here are the 10 worst accidents in sports.
the 10 worst accidents in sports.
Tragedy on the Slopes
Downhill skiing is one of the most hazardous parts of the plant. From sonny bono to Michael Schumacher to Natasha Richardson. Many celebrities have sustained life-threatening injuries or even killed on the slopes. In competition, the most famous accident happened at the 1994 German World Cup when Austrian Lee mayors beating down the mountain at sixty miles per hour. Lost her footing and slammed into a straw stack that had been hard packed with snow. She did not survive her injuries.
Xtreme sports are just that. Xtreme… xtreme in danger and risk of injury for the participants. Surprisingly only one athlete has died in competition at the annual Winter X Games but sadly he was one of sport’s brightest stars. Four-time medal in snowmobile racer Caleb Moore died in 2012 during a freestyle contest at the age of 25. On one of his jumps, more propel his vehicle high up in the air but could not complete the forward flip. As a result is 450 pounds snowmobile landed on top of him causing fatal injuries.
Death of a Legend
In the final turn in the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 the world of NASCAR lost one of its all-time greatest drivers. The 49-year-old known as the Intimidator was rocketing around turned 30 150 miles per hour when he made contact with another race cars fender. Before colliding with a second, and then smashing head-first into a wall he died hours later from blunt trauma to the skull. Earnhardt maybe the most famous athlete ever died during a competition.
Blood on the Track
At the time of his accident Canadian children I was widely seen as one. At the greatest pure talent in Formula One during the qualifying race of the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982 bill now was going at 225 km/h when his Ferrari made contact with another car causing his vehicle to rear up. The very shredded itself to pieces as a cartwheel numerous times and in the process launched gonads body across the track. He was pronounced dead later that night.
The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver got off to a tragic star when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili flew off the track during a practice run head first into metal beam. This only days before the opening ceremonies. Kumaritashvili suffered severe head trauma and died soon after. It was concluded the track was properly certified and safer competition at the accident was likely to the result of the 21 year-old losers inexperienced.
Hit by Pitch
In 1920 ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was struck in the head by a fastball from New York Yankees pitcher Carl ways. He died in a hospital 12 hours later. This death is a hugely significant moment not only because it still stands as the only in gave fatality but also because it changed the scope of the game of baseball forever. In response to the tragedy commissioner judge landis made it mandatory for the umpire to switch the ball once it became dirty. The rule change opened the floodgates for an unprecedented offensive boom and made a worldwide superstar of the new home run king babe ruth.
Blood on Ice
Not many live incidents made viewers look away from their TV screens faster than I Buffalo Sabres goaltender. Clinton a large truck had his throat accidentally slip by a St. Louie blues players with blood spewing from his jugular Malhar chuck was minutes her death. He was saved by the team trainer to mention stop the bleeding by pressing the artery close with his hand. Miraculously even larger came back to 10 goals days later but suffered years of psychological trauma what may be the most gruesome accident in any major sport.
The All Blacks of New Zealand are known for their toughness, but it doesn’t get much greater than what happened to the match vs France in 1986. Wayne Thomas “Buck” Shelford was in the middle of a “Rucking” which is arguably the most dangerous part of the sport. When he reached down to get the ball, a French players cleat got lodged in his growing areas subsequently ripped open sheltered scrotum. With one testicle hanging sheltered unbelievably walk to physicians had his sack stitched and played the rest of the game. Know that tough.
L’ Accident Terrible!
The 1994 Tour de France featured one of the spectacular crashes ever seen the most famous race on the planet. Belgian writer Wilford Ellison was fighting for position on the stretcher on a stage one when he collided head-on with an oblivious policeman, taking down for other racers in the process all the victims received mostly scrapes and bruises except for now listen to look like even trampled by a horse, He retired two years later.
One Bird One Stone
Ok so no humans were home during the filming of our next entry but this unfortunate occurrence is one of the craziest accidents ever happen on a baseball field. When an unsuspecting dub decided to fly low during a game between the Arizona d-backs and San Francisco Giants, that ended up directly in the path of a Randy Johnson pitch at 6:11 Johnson is the biggest and perhaps most powerful picture in the history of the sport. This extremely unlucky bird didn’t have a chance against a 100 mile per hour plus fastball from the Big Unit talk about it bad flight plan.