O’Brien Injured in Training Crash
Olympic track cyclist Kate O’Brien continues to recover from a serious training crash that occurred on July 24 during a motor-pacing session at the Glenmore Velodrome in Calgary. She was taken to the intensive care unit at the Foothills Medical Centre and initially placed under sedation there.
Initial neurological tests showed encouraging results, and the pressure on her brain soon reduced to normal levels. O’Brien began responding to family and medical staff and no longer required sedation. In early August, O’Brien’s recovery took a big step forward when she was moved into the neurosciences ward.
The talented former bobsledder from Calgary recently turned 29 and quickly made a name for herself following her transition to the track winning Team Sprint gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games with Monique Sullivan while setting records as well. Soon after, she claimed her first national track titles on the new Milton track.
Earlier, on June 5 in 2015, she turned heads when she broke US Olympian Connie Paraskevin Young’s 200m record of 11.569 seconds – a record that had stood since 1996 – by almost a full 10th of a second.
At Hong Kong last year, O’Brien earned a careerbest 10th in the individual sprint while she and Sullivan were a best-ever fourth in the Team Sprint. In February of this year, O’Brien and Amelia Walsh earned Canada’s first World Cup medal in the Team Sprint, taking the silver at Los Angeles. The duo was recently fifth in the Team Sprint at the 2017 Track Worlds in Hong Kong.
Her friends and teammates have rallied in support during this difficult time and have put together a journal of all messages of support from around the world. Expressions of well wishes can be directed to high-performance director Kris Westwood at email@example.com, and they will be forwarded to O’Brien’s family.
Olympian Kate O’Brien suffered a serious crash while training in Calgary but is recovering well.