O'Brien Injury Update
Nina O’Brien was on track to capture one of the best finishes of her career in the Winter Olympic Games giant slalom on Monday, Feb. 7. She came into the second run wearing bib 21, sitting in sixth behind Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel. On the hunt for a medal in her Olympic debut, O’Brien pushed throughout the entirety of the course.
A fast run took an unfortunate turn of events at the final gate when O’Brien caught an edge and spiraled into an aggressive crash best described as a chaotic jumble of limbs and skis. She was immediately attended to by on-course medical staff. After further evaluation, it was announced O'Brien sustained a compound fracture of her left tibia and fibula just short of the finish. She was transported to the hospital in Yanqing where an initial stabilization procedure was successfully performed by local doctors, and she received excellent care. She will return to the US for further evaluation and care.
O'Brien would like to express her gratitude to all of the people who assisted her so quickly in the finish area at the race, and especially to the doctors and nurses at the hospital who have taken such great care of her.