Medal ceremony marred by the American flag flying away during the national anthem.
Ten days into the London 2012 Summer Olympics and another flag mishap occurs, this time at center court – center court of Wimbledon that is. The women’s single tennis gold medal match took place at Wimbledon between the United States’ Serena Williams and Russia’s Maria Sharapova. Williams dominated Sharapova, winning the first set 6-0 and the second set 6-1.
During the ceremony, gold medalist Williams, silver medalist Sharapova, and bronze medalist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus stood Centre Court under the sun as the United States’ national anthem played to end the medal ceremony. Midway through the Star Spangled Banner, the American flag flew away, landing between the stands and the court. The crowd let out a gasp simultaneously as the bizarre event happened, but the athletes remained calm and shared laughs on the podium.
Though sunny, the weather conditions for the ceremony were less than ideal, with strong winds blowing all three flags nearly horizontal throughout the ceremony, before the American flag flew into the crowd.