8 episodes

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, the greatest gymnasts in the world gathered in Sydney, Australia in pursuit of their ultimate prize: gold in the women's gymnastics All-Around final. But in the midst of the competition, something inexplicable and unprecedented happened that derailed the event –– a mistake that changed the gymnasts' lives forever. Through original interviews with Olympic gymnasts, coaches and officials, Blind Landing reveals the untold true story of one of the biggest mistakes in Olympic history.
In our new two-part follow-up, "A Look At Safety In Gymnastics", gymnasts who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 talk about the current state of safety at competitions, revealing how twenty years after the Sydney vault controversy, problems still abound when it comes to ensuring their physical safety on the competition floor. 

Blind Landing Ari Saperstein

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.4K Ratings

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, the greatest gymnasts in the world gathered in Sydney, Australia in pursuit of their ultimate prize: gold in the women's gymnastics All-Around final. But in the midst of the competition, something inexplicable and unprecedented happened that derailed the event –– a mistake that changed the gymnasts' lives forever. Through original interviews with Olympic gymnasts, coaches and officials, Blind Landing reveals the untold true story of one of the biggest mistakes in Olympic history.
In our new two-part follow-up, "A Look At Safety In Gymnastics", gymnasts who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 talk about the current state of safety at competitions, revealing how twenty years after the Sydney vault controversy, problems still abound when it comes to ensuring their physical safety on the competition floor. 

    A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 2

    A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 2

    When it comes to addressing the safety concerns gymnasts have about competitions, there are structures in place to help gymnasts be heard... but are these structures working? Can they work?
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    • 28 min
    A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 1

    A Look At Safety In Gymnastics: Part 1

    We spoke with Olympic gymnasts from around the world about the current state of safety at competitions. Twenty years after the Sydney vault controversy, things have changed. And not necessarily for the better. 
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    • 26 min
    The Vault: Part 5

    The Vault: Part 5

    On the final episode of Blind Landing, British gymnast Lisa Mason reflects on the culture she trained in. Elise and Allana discuss the impact that the Sydney Olympics had on their lives.
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    • 31 min
    The Vault: Part 4

    The Vault: Part 4

    Romanian gymnast Maria Olaru discusses how the vault problem might have been stopped before it even started. Olympic officials explain what was happening behind the scenes.
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    • 26 min
    The Vault: Part 3

    The Vault: Part 3

    The officials tried to solve the vault problem. Their decision had major consequences for everyone in the arena – but no one more so than the frontrunner, Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina. 
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    • 27 min
    The Vault: Part 2

    The Vault: Part 2

    The story of the 2000 women’s gymnastics all-around final picks up with Australian gymnast Allana Slater. In the midst of the competition, Allana realized that it was no coincidence gymnasts were falling on vault.
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

ReaderofNYTimes10 ,

Absolutely fantastic

A wonderful deep dive into the vault debacle at the 2000 Olympics, equally accessible to gym fans and those who have never heard of the worst equipment failure in modern Olympic history. Very engrossing, great audio quality, very professional!

RachaelHime ,

Great feature gymnastic podcast

I’ve enjoyed revisiting this controversy as I feel like the success of the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic US women’s teams overshadowed this. I’m impressed with the former elite gymnasts they were able to interview. Would love to see this same team dedicate a show to the recent 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympic team.

vg222 ,

Great story

Very interesting and well done!

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