The American BMX racing champion from the previous games, Connor Fields, crashed badly in the semi-finals and had to be carried out of the stadium in an ambulance.
Defending BMX Olympic Gold Medalist Connor Fields is Hospitalized After a Bad Crash
Dr. Jon Finnoff, chief medical officer for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, has stated that Connor Fields is “alert, stable, and awaiting additional medical examination.” Fields will remain in the hospital for observation.
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The semi-final round featured the 28-year-old in the third heat, which featured a group race over a rough course with jumps. He had a great start with two smooth rides. Then catastrophe hit.
When he misjudged the landing of a jump while riding in a pack, Fields fell hard on his head. As he looked to be comatose, paramedics loaded him onto a stretcher and removed him from the track.
Training partner Felicia Stancil, who finished fourth in the women’s race, witnessed Fields’s fall.
Stancil stated in a statement, “I’m still a bit sad, and I’m thinking about him a lot right now.” I was touched by his crash, and I ended up winning the next lap after I sobbed coming up the start hill and the run. He is just an inspiration. He will always be an Olympic champion.
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Due to injury, Fields was unable to participate in the final round of competition, but he still managed to earn enough points to go to the championship round. His final standing in the competition was seventh.