The United States women’s ski team is off to an inauspicious and terrifying start.
Defending gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin missed a gate on her first run, already eliminated from competition.
Nina O’Brien’s medal hopes are also over, although now she will probably just be glad to ever be able to ski again.
Just a Bad Day
So far, all we have heard from Olympians is about the horrific conditions in China.
Bad food, bad accommodations, and venue issues are among the most prevalent complaints we have seen.
The news that broke over the weekend was far worse for one skier.
Mikaela Shiffrin was the defending champ in the Giant Slalom, but she went out on her first run when she missed a gate.
The crash that Nina O’Brien suffered was far worse…
Scary crash! US skier Nina O’Brien injured her left leg in a crash. She was taken off the slopes in a stretcher but was alert and responsive pic.twitter.com/vRIu9LECVV
— John Rogers (@JohnRogers8News) February 7, 2022
The still frames are even harder to look at, as her leg seemed to have been twisted at least 90 degrees.
Other competitors that were on the slopes were horrified at the gruesome nature of the injury.
The only solace we have at this point is that O’Brien was responsive as she was being stretchered off the slopes.
The United States Ski Team stated, “She is very tough and was calm.
“She’s a fighter. She was worried about delaying the race.
“And also she wanted to know how fast she was skiing.”
That is now our number one and two skiers in the race that are out.
We hope Nina has a speedy recovery, and hopefully, we will see her on the slopes again soon.
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Source: New York Post