2022-11-25 12:00:07

A Horrific Crash. A Mangled Leg. A Crazy Fast Comeback.

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The New York Times
By Matthew Futterman

The American ski racer Nina OBriens notorious crash and fractured leg shook the Olympic skiing competition. Nine months later, she is racing again.

You remember Nina OBrien.

The American Alpine skier tore down the giant slalom course at the Beijing Olympics and crashed in a violent tumble two gates from the finish, leaving her lower left leg and foot twisted in the wrong direction, bone protruding from her skin.

Just nine months after the crash and two months after easing down the gentlest of hills for the first time, OBrien somehow pushed out of the starting gates in Finland last weekend at the first World Cup races of the season, completing one of two slalom runs. She will do it again and try to improve this weekend at Killington, in Vermont, where most eyes will be on Mikaela Shiffrin, who collected her 75th and 76th World Cup victories on Saturday and Sunday.

For OBrien, Killington is the next step in a comeback that has stunned even the most optimistic of her coaches and doctors and shown once more that Alpine skiers are different from the rest of us.

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