Parents' TV shock: X Games daughter injured

By Cherie Taylor

The first Philip and Anne Battersby knew of their daughter - Taupo freeskier Rose Battersby - suffering serious injuries in a crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen was when they saw it on television.

Battersby, 20, is recovering in a Denver hospital from a lumbar spine fracture she suffered when she crashed during a warm-up session at the Games yesterday. Her Taupo parents, Philip and Anne Battersby, first heard reports of their daughter's injuries on a news broadcast on television.

The X Games Aspen 2013 website states Ms Battersby crashed during a warm-up session and was taken to a Denver hospital for treatment after suffering a lumbar spine fracture.

The website also states the accident was one of two by women named Battersby at the Games yesterday.

Ashley Battersby, no relation, crashed on a switch 900 on the final jump of her third run injuring her leg.

The crash delayed the Jeep Ski slopestyle women's final, the website says.

Mr Battersby said they hadn't yet spoken with Rose but were in contact with friends at her side and her coach.

"We were naturally following what she does and heard it on the news.

"We were obviously upset but she is alright at the moment.

"She has broken a vertebrae ... we hope to speak with her [last night]."

Their daughter had been skiing since she was about 8 years old and was on track to get to the Winter Olympics, he said.

He doesn't yet know if her injuries will impact on Battersby's dream.

"She loves to ski ... It's just too early to say at this stage.

"We are just taking one day at a time," he said.

The Battersby family didn't wish to make any further statement until they had spoken with their daughter.

A Winter X Games 2013 medical spokesman said on their website Ms Battersby "could move and feel all extremities".

At 7.13am yesterday (NZ time) Rose Battersby tweeted "Feel the fear but do it anyway ..." with an Instagram photo of some ski slopes. A fellow Twitter user replied at 9.55am yesterday (NZ time) to Battersby's message saying "saw the aftermath of your crash. wishing you the best and full recovery. You're a strong, inspiring girl."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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