Which Olympic sport is the most dangerous? Certainly, competing at this high of a level, pushing their bodies to the physical limit, athletes are putting themselves in danger. Many of these are contact sports, like judo, boxing, or rugby. Injuries are inevitable. But even the solo events can be dangerous.
Last night, as Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan attempted to lift 195kg (430 pounds) for the bronze medal in the men’s 77kg competition, his arm snapped at the elbow. Screaming in agony, his coaching team helped Karapetyan off the stage in tears. He was loaded into an ambulance on a saline drip.
It’s horrifying, but even men and women lifting hundreds of pounds above their heads isn’t the most dangerous Summer Olympics sport.
With the horse weighing about 1,000 pounds, equestrian sports are considered the most dangerous in the Summer Olympics.