My tragic Olympic debut shaped the rest of my athletic career. Lying on a treatment table in sportsmed the following evening, from behind me I heard the voice of ABC’s Frank Gifford on the television in the next room. I heard my name. Nearly falling off the table, I leaned over to watch.
I was furious when I heard him say, “There’s a good ending to it, ...he is in good condition.” Unable to move my arm AND leg, I yelled, ‘I am NOT in good condition, Frank, I am broken!’”