Completely AMAZING story about Petra Majdic a Slovenian cross-country skier! Now That's An Olympic Moment!!!
2010 Winter Olympics
During the warm-up for the 1.4 kilometre classic sprint on the February 17 in the 2010 Olympics she skied off-course, down a bank, into a 3 m (10 ft) deep gulley where she crashed on rocks breaking both ski poles, a ski tip, and sustained four broken ribs along with a pneumothorax. The start time for her qualifying round was pushed back, but she collapsed in pain after qualifying and was taken to hospital to be x-rayed. She returned and, despite the agonizing pain, won her quarterfinal, just got through the semifinal as a lucky loser, and finished third to win the bronze medal in the final, the first individual Winter Olympic medal for Slovenia in 16 years. She earned the highest praise from other skiers, staff and the media for her amazing bravery as she attended the medal giving ceremony with a tube in her chest to relieve pneumothorax. She said at the press conference afterwards "Today, this is not a bronze. This is a gold with little diamonds on it".
Two days after the race she was awarded with the Golden Order for Services by the President of Slovenia Danilo Türk