Annemiek van Vleuten was in the lead during her race at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, and then misfortunestruck.
While rounding out for a turn on a decline, theDutch cyclist suffered a scary and sudden accident, which insured her flip off of her motorcycle and land awkwardly onto the ground.
A user on Twitter captured the graphic scene of the crash.
— Tayler Ogden (@ Tayler_Ogden) August 7, 2016
NBC’s live coverage spoke volumes on just how worry of a scene the crash was.
Commentators were audibly shaken, andas the camera shifted between otherriders and back to van Vleuten, the injured cyclist was shown motionless asmedical personnel operated toward her.
There was ample reason to fear the worst.
Horrendous crash by Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten on descent, just as rain started falling. Hit gutter and did not move. #Rio2016
— Sam Lane (@ SamJaneLane) August 7, 2016
This is the Dutch cyclist involved in freak crash, Annemiek Van Vleuten. Guess and prayers her style. pic.twitter.com/ BMtBkCBQjY
— Chris Hassel (@ hasselESPN) August 7, 2016
My God, terrible accident for Dutch woman cyclist Van Vleuten. Some females Dutch fans get emotional here at the arrival. Hope for the best
— Tancredi Palmeri (@ tancredipalmeri) August 7, 2016
And, some spectators and media members posted messages of anxiety and annoyance at they awaited news on the cyclist.
— Amy Williams (@ AmyWilliamsMBE) August 7, 2016
Since the accident, however, multiple journalists have reportedthat van Vleuten is conscious, talking and “OK.”
Annemiek van Vleuten who crashed in the #RoadRace is ok. Conscious but in shock say the Dutch federation.
— Dan Walker (@ mrdanwalker) August 7, 2016
Confirmed, two sources, van Vleuten is conscious and receiving medical attention.
— Caley Fretz (@ CaleyFretz) August 7, 2016
Dutch cycling federation say Van Vleuten is ‘okay’. Thank goodness. They say ‘More news to follow’. https :// t.co/ qcM3eaX 0mV
— sportingintelligence (@ sportingintel) August 7, 2016
Butnow the safety of the course has come under fire.
Still no update on Van Vleuten- this descent was terrible for the men yesterday and it’s now raining, I do hope she’s ok.
— Natalie Pirks (@ Natpirks) August 7, 2016
Just a day earlier, Italian cyclistVincenzo Nibali broke hiscollarbone in two places while heading down a similar deterioration during an Olympic race in Rio.
Now many are hoping the course hasn’t caused another horrific injury.
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