Three-time Olympic medalist Shane Rose in ICU after being seriously injured during ‘nasty fall’

Three-time Olympic medalist Shane Rose in ICU after being seriously injured during ‘nasty fall’

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Three-time Olympic medalist Shane Rose was hospitalized this week after being seriously injured in a “nasty fall” during a schooling session, his team confirmed Friday. 

Rose’s team posted an update on Facebook confirming that the equestrian was currently in the Intensive Care Unit after suffering a significant number of injuries during a fall the previous day. 

Shane Rose of Australia wins the CCI4*-S Eventer of the Year title at Land Rover Horse of the Year, Tomoana Showgrounds on March 10, 2024, in Hastings, New Zealand. (Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

“During a cross country schooling session yesterday Shane suffered a nasty fall. Thankfully his horse was not injured in the fall,” the statement read. 

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“Shane is currently in ICU with a badly broken femur and a fractured pelvis and ribs. He also suffered a heavy concussion.”

Rose underwent surgery on Friday to “stabilize the femur and pelvis.” 

“While the timing is unfortunate we are hopeful there is adequate time for him to recover and still be able to continue his preparation schedule for the Paris Olympics Games.” 

Shane Rose celebrates a win

Shane Rose rides Virgil and wins the Eventing Horse of the Year title at Land Rover Horse of the Year, Tomoana Showgrounds on March 10, 2024, in Hastings, New Zealand.  (Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

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Rose, 50, qualified for the Summer Games with a win in New Zealand the previous week, but his injuries could force him to miss yet another Olympic Games. 

According to Reuters, he previously qualified for the 1996 Games in Atlanta and again in 2012 in London, but because of issues with his horses, he was unable to compete.

Shane Rose with his horse Virgil

Shane Rose of Australia with his horse Virgil at Land Rover Horse of the Year, Tomoana Showgrounds on March 7, 2024, in Hastings, New Zealand. The eventing competition starts March 08 and Shane Rose hopes to make the Australian 2024 Paris Olympic Team.  (Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

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The Australian equestrian has competed in three Olympics, winning two silver medals and one bronze. 

Rose made headlines last month when he was cleared by Equestrian Australia (EA) to continue his pursuit of Olympic qualification after a complaint was made against him for wearing a “mankini” during a show-jumping event in Australia. 

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