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For Katie Archibald, her 2024 Olympic dream ended before it could begin. 

The British cyclist was only weeks away from competing in her third Olympic Games when an at-home injury ruined her chances of competing for Great Britain. 

“I tripped over a step in the garden,” Katie began a June 20 Instagram update, which featured a selfie of herself and an image of her foot in a cast. “Managed to, somehow, dislocate my ankle; break my tibia and fibula; and rip two ligaments off the bone. What the heck.”

The 30-year-old, while thanking her “fabulous” medical team, explained she’d undergone surgery and would be going home that afternoon with her leg in a boot. 

“A hundred apologies for what this means for the Olympic team, which I’ve been told won’t involve me,” she continued. “I’m still processing that bit of news, but thought I better confirm it publicly instead of leaving it to the grapevine (trip hazard and all that).”

And while the three-time medalist noted she might take a break from social media while she recovers, it didn’t stop a multitude of well-wishers from filling her comment section with positive thoughts. 

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