Podcast Exclusive: Arielle Martin Speaks to Fans
The 2012 Olympic Games in London are now at an end, and for thousands of athletes who did not hit the medal stand, tomorrow starts another chapter in their career. No doubt, some will spend time decompressing from the pressures and pains of the years leading up to the games, and then the time in London, itself.
Team USA’s Arielle Martin had her Olympic Dream for London dashed just 48-hours before leaving for the games, when a training accident landed her in a San Diego hospital with severe injuries to her liver and a punctured lung.
Brooke Crain was the designated Replacement Rider for the Womens team, and stepped in to Arielle’s spot–ultimately making it to the final.
BMX News has kept in touch with Arielle’s family throughout the 13-day ordeal, making our concern and support known, and bringing news of her condition to fans all over the world.
Today, she was given indication from her medical team that she would be released from the hospital. And while she was waiting for the official paperwork to come through, she gave us some time on the phone to talk about the chain of events from the morning of the accident, July 30, (which was also her birthday), through the accident, itself…receiving the devastating news of her replacement on the team, on on to a new beginning once she walks out of San Diego’s Mercy Hospital.
It is an interview that is chock-full of life lessons, some raw emotion, and a few laughs.
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Some additional photos:
Arielle said that she was getting tired of the “stock” popsicle flavors they had on the ward, and one of the nurses surprised her with some root beer pops. Here’s AMV an hour or so before being released, polishing off the last of them, and the balance of her last IV.
Not long after our interview, we saw this posted on Facebook–wheeled out of the hospital doors, with some of the many flower arrangements sent by sponsors, friends and fans.