BROWNSBURG – Few witnessed how bad it really was. Photographs of the wound are so grisly, they cannot be published.
Ten months ago, Chloe Dygert lost control of her bike during road cycling’s World Championships at Imola, Italy, and went over a guardrail . Her resultant injury was announced as a lacerated left leg. That does not begin to describe it.
So much skin was torn away, and there was so much blood, it looked like a combat wound from mid-thigh to knee. The post-surgery scar resembles that from a shark bite.
This is the same Chloe Dygert who goes for three gold medals — and is favored for one — at the Tokyo Olympics. She rides into mythic territory. It would be akin to Wilma Rudolph beating polio and sprinting to three gold medals in 1960, or Joan Benoit coming back from knee surgery to win the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984.
“To see where she is today, compared to where she was, it’s just stunning,” said David Dygert, father of the Brownsburg cyclist.
It is. And yet it isn’t.
Although Dygert is only 24, she has long exhibited a pain threshold and ambition that sometimes alarm those close to her. All coaches, peers, family and friends can do is help channel all that.Dygert has vowed to compete in seven Olympics. That means going until age 43, as did her former coach, Kristin Armstrong. At 19, Dygert won a silver medal in team pursuit at her first Olympics in 2016.Two years ago, she […]