It’s never nice to see someone’s hard work and dedication result in a sickening face-plant but you have to admit, it’s funny as hell!

I’ve always found there to be something enchanting about watching gymnasts mistime their mounts/dismounts because it’s hilarious. Even if I was an elite level athlete, I’d have to laugh at myself if I messed up this badly.

Unfortunately for Nastia Liukin, her hopes and dreams for an appearance at this years Olympics in London fell flat as she lost control of her routine on the uneven bars.

Credit to her as she dusts herself off and continues after failing to land a Gienger dismount. At 22 her career is over, which is pretty mind-blowing but such is the life of a gymnast.

She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around Champion, the 2005 and 2007 World Champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 World Champion on the uneven bars. With nine World Championships medals, seven of them individual, Liukin is tied with Shannon Miller for the second-highest tally of World Championship medals; Alicia Sacramone has ten.

Despite the end of her gymnastic career, Liukin will go to London as the athlete representative for the Federation of International Gymnasts