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Olympic Competitor Remains Hospitalized , Family Speaks Out

March 21st, 2008 by flanews

Itís been almost a week since Olympic rider Darren Chiacchia was hospitalized. Now his family is speaking out. Chiacchia suffered life-threatening injuries after his horse landed on him at an event in Tallahassee Saturday. Chiacchie has several broken ribs and a brain injury. Despite his condition, his family remains optimistic that heíll make a full recovery.

ďHeís just that kind of kid I mean I donít think youíre going to stop him and I think everybodyís got to think that way. You know I would never tell my brother that heís never going to do that again because thatís his passion thatís what heís always wanted to do his whole life so Iím confident and weíre all confident,Ē said Dan Chiacchia, Darrenís brother.

Chiacchia was on the U.S. equestrian Olympic team in 2004.

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