O’Brien In­jured in Train­ing Crash

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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 kris.west­wood@cy­cling­canada.ca, 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.

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