Samir Ait Said is one of the biggest — and saddest — stories of the Olympics so far. On the first day of competition, Said fractured his tibia when he tried to land his vault, it was a gruesome moment that went viral (you can see the video by following this link, but know this is not for people with queasy stomachs).
Paul George knows what that is like.
The Team USA forward who suffered a compound fracture his leg in a USA exhibition in Las Vegas two years ago — and recovered, making it back to the Olympics — wants to meet with Said, reports Jeff Zillgitt at the USA Today.
U.S. Olympic basketball player Paul George is trying to set up a meeting with injured French gymnast Samir Ait Said. George has a level of empathy that most people don’t….
It was his idea to meet with Said, according to USA Basketball spokesperson Craig Miller. However, it is uncertain when or if that meeting can occur. Miller said Said was not yet accepting visitors as of Sunday afternoon.
Said just had surgery to repair the broken Tibia. He said in a Facebook video he plans to be back for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
George can tell him the rehab is grueling and unrelenting, but he can get back and succeed — George had 15 points in Team USA’s first game in Rio, a thrashing of China. Hopefully Said has the same success.