Chilean cyclist Irene Aravena didn’t hear the false start signal and kept her position on the inside lane. A gang of race officials at the bottom of the track had one job: pull the starting gate off of the track after cyclists take off. But because it was a false start, they all said, collectively, “fuck it,” and one waved a red warning flag instead.
Aravena tore around the bend, and her partner kept pace, shouting to warn her of the oncoming obstacle. But there wasn’t enough time, and the Chilean flew directly into the gate.
Her bike broke in half, and Aravena was thrown into the air and flipped before crashing to the ground. She broke both her thigh and kneecap.