Olympic spirit remains strong in Samir Aït despite setback

9 | 8 | 2016

French gymnast Samir Aït demonstrated the true spirit of Olympism after bowing out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday following a heartbreaking fall.

The 2013 European Champion suffered a double fracture to his leg on Day 1 of the Games that will see him out of competition for some time. Despite his misfortune, Aït managed to keep a smile on his face and has impressed many in the Olympic community with his positive attitude.

He had this to say about being an Olympian:

"When leaving the arena I already saw everyone standing up. That's the value of the Olympic spirit, said Samir Aït (Gymnastics, France). “We are not a country but an identity: we are Olympians. When I waved to the public to thank them, everyone applauded. Even amidst my misfortune, it was an extraordinary moment.

“The proof is that I didn't even cry. This was a human experience. Even the Vault judges supported me. They were saddened and I wish to thank them for their kind words. On social media, many people wished me a speedy recovery and above all that they said that they want to see me come back stronger at the Tokyo Games."

Samir Aït, a true Olympian.

The 26-year-old gymnast is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries according to the FIG Medical Commission.

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