Jelle van Gorkom Seriously Injured

January 10, 2018 by  

Jelle van Gorkom Injured in Papendal

This just in from Dutch news sources: Jelle van Gorkom, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and long-time fixture on the Dutch National BMX team suffered a laundry list of injuries while training at Papendal SX on Tuesday, reports say.

Dutch website Algemeen Dagblad (AD) reported Wednesday that Jelle “has broken ribs, a fracture in the face, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys. Van Gorkom is currently being kept dormant at the hospital.”

Being “kept dormant” may mean that he is currently in a drug-induced coma, which makes things seem even-more serious.

It is hard to decode, via the translation in the article (link below), what exactly happened to cause the accident, but it seems a chain on the starting hill was involved–possibly placed across the ramp to prevent people from using it in the off hours– and Jelle just did not see it before dropping in–though that is purely speculation on our part.

Still, picturing a rider hitting a chain placed across the ramp, at full race speed, is about as scary as it gets.

BMX News was not able to independently confirm the reports carried in Dutch media, but will continue our attempts to do so. We will keep you posted on further developments to this story, and to Jelle’s recovery progress. Meanwhile, please raise up our friend in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.

—Mike Carruth

* Top photo via JvG Facebook.


“BMXer Van Gorkom badly injured after collision with chain”
(on – use your browser’s translate capability to read in English)

Jelle van Gorkom Injured in Papendal