The United States’ sensational skier, Nina O’Brien has reportedly injured after crushing during ain’t slalom event.
Nina O’Brien is an American alpine skier, She is “alert and responsive” after the sad news about her crash during the giant slalom event at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Monday hits the internet. The official announcement of what happened was released by the U.S. ski and snowboard team.
Nina is considered to be the top American alpine racer after Mikaela Shiffrin disqualified, Nina O’Brien was going fast on the final turn when she slipped and appeared to hurt her leg, not far from the finish line. She was carried off the course on a stretcher. Video showed fellow skiers in disbelief following the crash.
USA’s Nina O’Brien is tended to by medical staff after she crashed in the second run of the women’s giant slalom during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022.
The U.S. ski and snowboard team’s Twitter account said she was undergoing further evaluation. The team also said that O’Brien was worried about “delaying the race” and wanted to know “how fast she was skiing”
She was worried about delaying the race. And also she wanted to know how fast she was skiing. What a trooper! ???? https://t.co/ZFtya76VHE
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 7, 2022
Shiffrin posted a message on Twitter, saying the team was “heartbroken for Nina.”
“It’s just sooo not even close to fair,” she wrote. “The warrior that she is, she will get back stronger and speedier than ever, with the same upbeat and kind attitude that is trademark Nina. But tonight we’re all just sad and crossing our fingers for the best news possible.”
We are so heartbroken for Nina… she showed so much heart and fire in her skiing today, and it all got shredded to pieces on the final turn. This sport… this sport is SO damn hard. It’s brutal, and it hurts- far more often than it ever feels good. ???????? pic.twitter.com/9X9llLPVZ0
— Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) February 7, 2022
Sarah Hirshland, the CEO of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, tweeted, “Our thoughts are with you Nina.”
There have already been multiple crashes in the Beijing Olympics, raising questions over the host’s decision to use nearly 100% artificial snow for the Winter Games. Apart from its environmental impact, the decision has been criticized by some athletes, including retired British freestyle skier Laura Donaldson who called it “dangerous.”
The future of the Winter Olympics is under threat because of climate change, according to a new university report. The warning comes as Beijing prepares for the opening of the 2022 Games this week — the first Winter Olympics to use nearly 100% artificial snow. pic.twitter.com/M9kS6BT8PX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 2, 2022
Team USA has yet to claim a gold medal in the Winter Games so far, as of Monday afternoon Eastern Time.