Her crash was scary, and some of the reports that followed up were even worse.
But Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten wants you to know she’s going to be okay after smashing off the course on the perilous descent of the women’s road race at the Olympics on Sunday.
Van Vleuten had a healthy lead on Team USA’s Mara Abbott before the crash. Initial reports had her “conscious and responsive”, but Netherlands Cycling had an update.
After being taken to hospital for checks, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) confirmed that Van Vleuten was conscious and communicating but had sustained concussion and three fractures to her spine. It added that she would have to be kept in intensive care overnight.
The KNWU tweeted: “Update Annemiek van Vleuten: heavy concussion and three small fractures in her lumbar spine. She continues another 24 hours on i.c. She is conscious and talking.”
The 33-year-old took to Twitter to sort everyone out late last night, and updated folks early this morning. Both updates on her physical condition showed the disappointment of competition as well.