‘I was in so much pain I couldn’t cry’

Olympic champion Dani King has admitted she feared for her career after suffering eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a training crash.

King, who

won gold in the team pursuit

at London 2012, intends to return to full training in the new year.

The 24-year-old crashed on a regular training route

in south Wales after a member of her group hit a pothole and was in intensive care for two days.

“I was in so much pain I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t breathe,” said King.

“There were loads of things running through my mind, like I would never ride again.”

In an interview with

BBC Radio Solent,

King revealed the full details of her accident, which left her in hospital for 10 days.

“Initially when I hit the floor I was fine and thought I’d got off lightly. Then I felt excruciating pain as someone rode straight into my back and that’s when all the damage was done,” she said.

“I knew I’d done a lot of damage because I could hardly breathe, I could feel my ribs moving and was scared.

“I was in the road for an hour, it was raining. I lost feeling in my feet which worried me. Three people had head injuries so I was last to be seen.”

Cardiff-based King, originally from Hampshire,

decided in October to switch from track to road cycling

to ride full-time for team Wiggle Honda.

She was recently dropped from the GB squad for the 2014-15 funding year, having failed to win selection by England for the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she finished eighth in the individual event, seventh in the points race and fourth in the scratch race.

King said the crash had not put her off road racing and is determined it will not disrupt her 2015 schedule, although she has not yet been back on a bike.

“In hospital I did three gym sessions – and that was with a chest drain in,” said King.

“A lot of people called me crazy, but that was just my way of dealing with it. I’m hoping to be on a static bike next week, but I won’t be on the road for a few weeks – but I definitely will be back on a bike.

“I hope to resume full training at the start of the (new) year, so still very determined.”

King, who was runner-up to Laura Trott at the British Championships road race in June, added: “Initially I’m bound to be nervous, who wouldn’t be? It doesn’t change my focus to switch to the road.

“I’ve had bad crashes before and it hasn’t stopped me. This is just part of my job and was a freak injury and I have ended up in hospital with significant injuries. It was just bad luck.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30147207

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