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by: Esteban On  Tuesday, July 21, 2015

cuban cyclist lisanda guerra splinter pan am games

If a graphic video of a cyclist falling on a velodrome track and getting impaled with a three-inch splinter doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you probably don’t want to read the rest of this post. Maybe go read about Riley Curry instead.

For the rest of you, let me tell what happened to Cuban cyclist Lisandra Guerra at the 2015 Pan Am Games over the weekend.

In the semifinals of the women’s individual sprint on Saturday, Guerra bumped wheels with Mexico’s Luz Gaxiola, lost control of her bike, crashed hard to the track, and slid about 20 feet. In the process, she was impaled by what you might call a gigantic splinter—but which you might just as easily call a miniature wooden stake.

It was absolutely grotesque. The thing goes in through one side of her arm and out the other.

Here’s a photo for those of you in a hurry:

cuban cyclist Lisandra Guerra splinter pan am games velodrome

And here’s the video if you want to get the full epic splinter experience:

So is this a common occurrence? Well, it turns out that, while it’s not exactly common, it’s not unheard of either. While some modern velodromes are constructed out of synthetic materials, at least half are still constructed out of unfinished wood. Ergo, splinters.

As for Guerra, turns out she’ll be just fine.

“Fortunately the damage was not worse, because it didn’t affect any muscle,” she told reporters at the Pan Am Games press center in Toronto. “I still feel some muscle discomfort and some pain from the burns, but that’s something I’m used to.”

Obviously Lisandra Guerra is pretty badass.

Hat Tip – [National Post,]