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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
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Two weeks after her serious crash in Glenmore Velodrome in Calgary, Canadian Olympic track rider Kate O’Brien has been deemed well enough to move out of intensive care.
The 29-year-old rider fell during a motor pacing session on Monday July 24 when her rear tire blew out. She was treated at the scene and then brought to Foothills Hospital, where she was put under sedation as doctors treated her. The initial neurological examinations of her head injury were encouraging, but Cycling Canada cautioned at the time that it would be several days before a more complete picture would emerge.
One week after her crash the federation said she was making encouraging progress. It said that doctors had noted daily improvement and that the pressure on her brain had reduced to normal levels. “She is responding to family and medical staff and no longer requiring any sedation,” it added. “While her neurologic tests continue to be positive, Kate is still being monitored closely.”
Over the weekend she was moved out of the ICU and into the neurosciences ward, where her medical monitoring and assessment will continue.
O’Brien took gold in the team sprint in the 2015 Pan American Games and also brought home silver from the individual sprint event. She competed in the 2016 Olympics. Well-wishers can send message to Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director Kris Westwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be added to a journal her friends and teammates are compiling.