Long-track speedskater Theresa Cliff-Ryan was injured during an off-day training session at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns when the 35-year-old Olympic hopeful was crashed into by a falling speedskater, the Associated Press reported.
Cliff-Ryan, who had her back to the ice while other skaters trained Monday, was injured when skater Kevin Geminder lost his balance on a straightaway going full speed. Geminder slid off the track and into Cliff-Ryan sending her into the air. The AP reported that within seconds trainers attended to her and put her in a neck brace.
She was placed on a backboard and transported to a hospital via ambulance.