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Mankini-wearing Olympic hopeful in intensive care with multiple fractures after fall

Australian equestrian legend Shane Rose has had his Olympics hopes jeopardised by a serious fall at a cross-country event - Mankini-wearing Olympic hopeful in intensive care with multiple fractures after fall
Mankini-wearing Australian equestrian legend Shane Rose has had his Olympics hopes jeopardised by fall at a cross-country event

The three-time Olympic medallist show jumper at the centre of a controversy last month over a mankini has broken several bones in a nasty fall.

Australian Shane Rose was rushed to hospital after injuring his legs, hips, ribs and suffering a concussion during a cross-country schooling session. He also underwent surgery to stabilise a fractured pelvis and broken femur.

The 50-year-old had been cleared by authorities to return to competition just three weeks ago after apologising over a risqué fancy dress outfit at a recent event.

But having recently confirmed his place at Paris 2024, the injuries throw his participation at the Olympic Games into serious doubt. “As the saying goes peacock one day, feather duster the next,” said a statement on Shane Rose Eventing’s Facebook page.

“After a fantastic week in New Zealand Shane and Virgil (his horse) secured their Olympic qualifications, this week Shane was brought back down to earth – literally.

“During a cross country schooling session yesterday Shane suffered a nasty fall. Thankfully, his horse was not injured in the fall. Shane is currently in ICU with a badly broken femur and a fractured pelvis and ribs. He also suffered a heavy concussion. Shane had surgery this morning to stabilise the femur and pelvis.”

Olympic medal winner Shane Rose in competition - Mankini-wearing Olympic hopeful in intensive care with multiple fractures after fall
Rose has won three Olympic medals for Australia - Reuters/Molly Darlington

Last month, Equestrian Australia (EA), the national governing body, accepted an apology from him over a bizarre fancy dress furore at a local eventing meet.

Rose was temporarily stood down after “concerns were raised” over a now deleted video posted on Facebook of his attire on horseback at a show jumping meet near Sydney.

Rose, who won team eventing silver at the 2008 and 2020 Olympics and bronze in 2016, wore three costumes at the event - a fluorescent orange mankini, a gorilla costume and a Simpsons cartoon outfit.

However, as Rose faced investigation, a petition signed by thousands of supporters was launched to get him reinstated. EA chief executive Darren Gocher subsequently confirmed he will now face no further action.

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