Olympics 2022 Updates: US skier taken off giant slalom course on stretcher after horrific crash

Nina O’Brien taken off giant slalom course on stretcher at 2022 Beijing Olympics

BEIJING — Nina O’Brien, the top U.S. woman in the giant slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin went out, crashed just ahead of the finish line Monday and appeared to seriously injure her left leg.

O’Brien was taken off the course on a stretcher, but U.S. Ski & Snowboard said on Twitter that she was “alert and responsive.”

“She was worried about delaying the race,” the organization said. “And also she wanted to know how fast she was skiing.”

O’Brien had one gate left in the second run and was going at top speed when she lost her balance. Her legs flew wide and she tumbled past the last gate and into the finish area. O’Brien immediately clutched at her left leg, and still photographs showed her ankle going the opposite direction of how it should.

Nina O Brien is taken off the course by medical staff members during the women's giant slalom at Yanqing Alpine Skiing Centre.

Watching in the finish area, Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami covered her mouth in horror while Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel bowed her head.

This is the first Olympics for O’Brien, 24. She is currently ranked 24th in the world in giant slalom, and last year won the U.S. title in the event. O’Brien was in sixth place during the first giant slalom run, the best of any of the U.S. women.

O’Brien’s crash continued a rough day for the U.S. Alpine team. Shiffrin, the reigning Olympic champion in GS, did not finish the first run, losing her balance at the fifth gate and skidding off the course. No U.S. man finished in the top 10 in the downhill.

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