Six years after suffering 30 skull fractures, American wins Olympic silver


Six years after suffering 30 skull fractures in a car accident, American Colby Stevenson, 24, won the silver medal in the Big Air of freestyle skiing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In the three descents, he had combined scores of 183 points, which made him climb to the podium. He was second only to the Norwegian Birk Ruud.

“Honestly, it looks like something out of a movie. I’m on a cloud right now. I really don’t know how to explain it. It’s my first big podium in Big Air and it’s here at the Olympics. What an amazing thing!” he celebrated.

On May 8, 2016, he fell asleep while driving on the highway and lost control of the car, which crashed into a rock wall in the state of Idaho, United States.

In addition to 30 skull fractures, Stevenson broke bones in his face, ribs and had his neck compressed. He was in a coma for a few days, but recovered and resumed skiing eight months later.

World record

Nils van der Poel, 25, won this Friday (11) the gold medal in the 10,000 m speed skating and achieved a historic mark. He broke the world record of the race, with a time of 12:30.74. He already owned the best brand, made last year.

It was the second gold for the Swede, who had already won the 5,000 m.

Brazilians in Beijing

Manex Silva took the 90th position in the 15 km of classic cross country skiing. He arrived 12 minutes after the Finnish Livo Niskanen, winner of the race.

Asymptomatic, according to the COB (Olympic Committee of Brazil), the athlete Michel Macedo, from alpine skiing, remains in isolation in Beijing. His test for Covid-19 was positive when he landed in Beijing last Tuesday (8). He can still compete, but he must have two negative tests within 24 hours.

Your deadline for this is next Monday (14), as your test will take place on Tuesday (15).

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