Olympic champion Katie Archibald will miss the Paris Games after breaking her leg in a freak accident

LONDON – British two-time Olympic champion track cyclist Katie Archibald will miss the Paris Games after breaking two leg bones in a freak accident.

Archibald, 30, broke her tibia and fibula and dislocated an ankle when she tripped on garden steps.

She also suffered significant ligament damage on Tuesday and has since undergone surgery.

“I tripped over a step in the garden and somehow managed to dislocate my ankle; break my tibia and fibula; and tear two ligaments from the bone,” Archibald posted on Instagram on Thursday alongside a photo of her in a hospital bed.

Katie Archibald during the UCI Track Champions League in London, on November 11, 2023. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images file

“Yesterday I had surgery to put the bones back together and reattach the ligaments. Then hopefully I’ll go home this afternoon.”

Archibald won gold with Great Britain in the team pursuit in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and won another gold five years later in the women’s Olympic debut of Madison alongside Laura Kenny in Tokyo.

This is the latest setback for her in the past two years.

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She missed the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after colliding with a vehicle. Her partner, mountain biker Rab Wardell, died suddenly that same year at the age of 37.

Archibald has also won five golds at world championships and twenty at European championships.

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