The Dark Side of Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is the toughest sport in the world.

No other athletic discipline takes little girls, destroys their personal lives, molds them into strongest people on Earth and then tells them to dance against each other. 
And if you have been watching the Olympics (2016), you know what I mean.

Generally, in the world of high-class rhythmic gymnastics, the first and second place are shared between two Russian besties Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva, and the 3rd place is open for competition, which is usually won by someone from Ukraine.

This year, though, things got rough. Yana, who already won all the gold India could forge into medals (she earned more than 57 gold medals), was crushing everyone including Margarita with her superior routines. And she was doing this just right after a painful injury to her feet that put her on the bench for 2 months.

Until she screwed up. Badly.

So badly, that she may develop one of those stress disorders people who disarm bombs and drive the head truck in convoys in Iraq do.

During her routine with the clubs, she lost them. In the very end. Doing an extremely simple move. It’s like accidentally stepping on your baby and killing it.

So, if you want to see that, watch a replay of the rhythmic gymnastics finals on NBC.