olympics header image

PHOTO: U.S. flag falls during Serena Williams' gold medal ceremony

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

It was a really windy day at Wimbledon as Serena Williams blew through (pun intended) Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win the women's singles gold medal on Saturday. The blustery conditions didn't seem to bother the American but it did affect her medal ceremony at the All England Club a few minutes later.

As the flags were being raised, it seems as though the stars and stripes wasn't completely secured to the mast as it broke loose and fell down to the railing below while the Russian and Belarussian flags were raised to the top of centre court without it. It certainly made things a bit awkward but several reports say the three competitors all shared a laugh about the situation before the Star Spangled Banner was played for Williams.

Who knows, maybe the Brits are still mad about that whole independence thing in 1776 and took a small, small measure of revenge by, gasp, letting Old Glory fall down.

There's a good chance Williams and her sister Venus will roll through to a gold medal in women's doubles so let's just hope the fine folks at Wimbledon do a better job securing the red, white and blue the next time.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

olympics Video

August 14, 2015
Will Kobe play for Team USA? (2:06)
August 13, 2015
LeBron's Team USA status
August 6, 2015
Michael Phelps vows not to drink until after the 2016 Olympics
July 27, 2015
2024 Summer Olympics: USOC drops Boston's bid


Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's Nike Scarlet Ohio State Buckeyes No. 15 Limited Football Jersey

College Sideline Gear
Get your favorite school
Shop Now