American skier Nina O’Brien gave an update following her scary crash in the giant slalom event at the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday.
The 24-year-old revealed in an emotional Instagram post that she underwent surgery to repair a compound fracture of her left tibia and fibula. O’Brien is receiving treatment from a hospital in Beijing’s Yanqing District before returning home for further evaluation.
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“Well, I gave everything I had, and maybe too much,” O’Brien wrote. “I keep replaying it in my head, wishing I’d skied those last few gates differently. But here we are.”
After placing sixth in her first run Monday, O’Brien hit a gate on the final turn of her second run and crashed just before the finish line. The American skier was stretchered off and rushed to the hospital.
She said that, while she is heartbroken, she is also “feeling so much love” from the flood of messages she’s received.
“The good news is that today is a new day — and I get to cheer on my teammates. Good luck to everyone competing and enjoy it,” O’Brien concluded.
United States teammate Mikaela Shiffrin will next compete in the slalom on Tuesday after skiing out of the giant slalom and being disqualified from the remainder of the event.