Brianne Tutt, a speed skater from Airdrie, Alberta, will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this week, just 13 months after a terrible accident nearly stopped her from skating ever again.
During a practice in December 2012, Tutt was unintentionally struck by a fellow skater from behind, suffering a fractured skull, broken collarbone, two fractured vertebrae, and a broken rib. The severity of the impact also resulted in hearing loss.
While her physical injuries healed and allowed her to get back on the ice, her hearing loss, particularly in her left ear, is here to stay.
“I’m completely deaf to higher pitches,” she said in an interview with Canada.com.
Ironically, Tutt credits the accident with helping her want to skate again.
“If I didn’t get into the crash and take some time off, I don’t think the Olympics would have been possible,” she said in the same interview.
Tutt will make her Olympic debut in the 3,000 meter race on February 9 at 6:30 a.m. EST and will also compete in the 1,500 meter race on February 16 at 9:00 a.m. EST.
Fans can also replay any events they missed on the NBC Sports Live Extra App.
Last updated: 02.07.2014