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American BMX rider Connor Fields (pictured) has said he does not expect to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a crash during this year’s Games
American BMX rider Connor Fields has said he does not expect to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a crash during this year’s Games.
Fields, 28, returned to his hometown of Henderson, Nevada, after crashing during the qualifying round for men’s individual BMX racing in Tokyo on July 30.
He was lying on a stretcher when he learned he qualified for this year’s finals.
However, Fields now says the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are likely out of the question as he looks to rehab from his extensive injuries.
‘The number of comments I’m getting saying “Paris is in 3 years!” Do people realize I nearly died? Brain hemorrhage? No memory….’ Fields wrote on Twitter.
‘Maybe I’m not ready to commit to that yet? Can we chill for just a sec? Maybe focus on lunch next week first….’
‘Time to get healthy, rest up a bit, and appreciate the people around me who have been so amazing this month.’
‘The number of comments I’m getting saying “Paris is in 3 years!” Do people realize I nearly died? Brain hemorrhage? No memory….’ Fields wrote on Twitter
Fields was told he qualified for the BMX Olympic finals from a stretcher after crashing during the qualifying round
Romain Mahieu of Team France and Connor Fields of Team United States crash during the Men’s BMX semifinal heat 1, run 3 on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Fields crashed early on during the qualifying semifinal round for men’s individual BMX racing
Fields crashed into Romain Mahieu of Team France on the first turn of his third semifinal and suffered a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs as well as a collapsed lung.
He was treated at St. Luke’s International Hospital for five days in Tokyo before being given the green light to fly home to the US.
The BMX star says he doesn’t remember much of anything following the crash.
‘I am finally back home and on the road to recovery from Tokyo. I have about 4-5 days that are completely missing from memory from competition day to the following few days. I am so thankful for the @teamusa and @teamcycling staff who were there to help me the whole way through this process and get me home,’ he tweeted.
Pictured: the moment as Fields crashed into the French and Dutch bicyclists
Fields crashes on the first turn of his third semifinal and is carted off
Medics carry away on a stretcher Connor Fields of the United States after he crashed at the first bend in the men’s BMX Racing semifinals
‘I am not going to lie, I was bummed when I was told that I qualified for the Olympic final from the stretcher. I had worked so hard and done absolutely everything I could to be ready to contend for another medal. I felt as if I was on track to go for another podium, but alas it just wasn’t meant to be and as they say, that’s bmx,’ Fields added.
The American posted a picture of himself back at home with family on Friday, and thanked his team for helping him become ‘the only male Olympic BMXer to make three finals in the history of the sport.’
‘I am thankful and proud of all of those who helped me get ready for this day and I will say this…. on the biggest stages, we showed up,’ Fields wrote on Instagram.
‘The only male olympic BMXer to make 3 finals in the history of the sport.’