Olympian Katie Archibald will miss Paris 2024 after being involved in a freak accident in the park

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Katie Archibald looks on during the fifth round of the 2023 UCI Track Champions League Grand Final at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on November 11, 2023 in London, England.



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British cyclist Katie Archibald will miss the race Paris Olympics After breaking her leg in a freak accident.

She wrote in a statement on her website that the 30-year-old player suffered a double fracture in her leg, a dislocated ankle, and torn ligaments in her body after she tripped on a step in the park. Instagram on Thursday.

“I tripped in the park and somehow managed to dislocate my ankle. Broke my leg and fibula. Two ligaments in the bone were torn. “OMG,” the two-time Olympian Archibald wrote alongside a photo of herself in the hospital with her injured leg.

Archibald won gold in the team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She then took gold in Madison and silver in the team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago.

The Scottish cyclist confirmed that she underwent surgery on Wednesday “to put the bones back together and reattach the ligaments.”

“One hundred apologies for what this means to the Olympic team, which I was told would not include me,” she wrote.

“I’m still processing that part of the news, but I think it’s better to confirm it publicly rather than leave it up to it (trip risk and all that),” she added.

British Cycling has confirmed that following medical advice, Archibald will be unable to compete at next month’s Olympic Games.

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British Cycling said in a statement: “We share Katie’s sadness at her injury, and the cruel way in which she was denied the opportunity to ride for the medals she aspired to in Paris.” statement.

“Our focus now is to provide Katie with the best possible support as she begins her recovery, and we know the entire cycling community will be behind her every step of the way,” the organization added.

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