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New Zealand's Samantha Harrison falls on the pitch

New Zealand's Samantha Harrison falls on the pitch during a women's field hockey preliminary match against South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

It takes grace to win a gold medal. Some athletes haven't quite shown that attribute during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Australia's Kieran Govers, left, falls to the ground
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Australia's Kieran Govers, left, falls to the ground as he battles for possession with South Africa's Andrew Cronje during a men's field hockey preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Britain's Micah Richards, center, falls as he is
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Britain's Micah Richards, center, falls as he is tackled by United Arab Emirates player Hamdan Al Kamali, left, during a men's group A soccer match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Dominican Republic gymnast Yamilet Pena Abreu falls during
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Dominican Republic gymnast Yamilet Pena Abreu falls during her vault landing at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 3012)

Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa falls off his horse as
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Japan's Yoshiaki Oiwa falls off his horse as he competes in the Cross Country phase of the eventing competition of the 2012 London Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Lina Marcela Rivas of Colombia falls while competing
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Lina Marcela Rivas of Colombia falls while competing in the women's 58-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva falls as she performs
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Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva falls as she performs her floor exercise during the artistic gymnastic women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva falls during her performance
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Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva falls during her performance on the floor at the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

New Zealand's Samantha Harrison falls on the pitch
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New Zealand's Samantha Harrison falls on the pitch during a women's field hockey preliminary match against South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Spain's Felipe Reyes falls over photographers during a
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Spain's Felipe Reyes falls over photographers during a preliminary men's basketball game against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Serbia's Alem Toskic, foreground, falls in the penalty
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Serbia's Alem Toskic, foreground, falls in the penalty area after being tackled by Hungary's Gabor Csaszar, background, during their men's handball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Poland's Lukasz Zygadlo falls into a barrier while
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Poland's Lukasz Zygadlo falls into a barrier while chasing a ball during a men's quarterfinal volleyball match against Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Bahamas's Shamar Sands falls after hitting a hurdle
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Bahamas's Shamar Sands falls after hitting a hurdle in the men's 100-meter hurdles during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 7, 2012)

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