600 meters before the end of the 2000 m race, an Australian Olympic rower quit rowing. She was in an eight with seven other women pulling their asses off and she just stopped.
It’s the freaking Olympics, fer Christ sakes. How many 2000 meter pieces has she done in her career? Hundreds? And to even get on the team you have to submit erg (rowing machine) scores which are pure torture. And she did all that and still quit in the middle of a race. I’ve never seen that happen, even with high school athletes.
You don’t ever let down your team mates like that. In a single, yeah, you could quit, but not when you have seven other people who are pushing themselves to the limit and have trusted you to do your absolute best for the team.
The newspapers are all a twitter becasue her teamates threatened to “throw her out of the boat”. She’s lucky she didn’t get decked. (I am in no way what-so-ever advocating violence of any sort but when you’ve just exerted yourself to your maximum and somebody just gives up, emotions run high.)