Hidden amidst the plethora of Canadian medals and the stunning lack of television coverage, a terrifying moment at the Pan Am Games on Sunday almost ended in catastrophe for a Venezuelan weightlifter.
Fortunately, Gomez fell forward as the weight crashed to the floor right where she had been standing.
The story has a happy ending. not only was Gomez unhurt, she returned for another try at the same weight, and made it successfully. In fact, on her third lift, she upped the weight to 109kg, made it, and took home a silver medal.