At the New Zealand national championships in Nelson last weekend, 2004 world downhill champion...
At the New Zealand national championships in Nelson last weekend, 2004 world downhill champion Vanessa Quin broke her neck for the second time in less than a year. She last broke it at the 2006 world championships in Rotorua, New Zealand. Although two such breaks may seem unlucky, the 30-year-old Quin did escape paralysis both times.
Quin endoed over the bars during her seeding run through the woods about mid-way down the course.
According to NewsTalkZB, "The crash has left Quin with a fractured C2 vertebra, cracked sternum and injuries to her hands. With the help of a marshall, she walked almost a kilometre to the first-aid tent, before her neck was immobilised." She will likely be in a metal brace for 10 weeks. She is expected to recover but faces several months off the bike.
2006 was an injury-plagued year for Quin. Besides breaking her neck, she also broke her arm at the downhill world cup in Vigo, Spain, in May.
She previously fractured a bone in her neck in a crash on the track about five years ago.