Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trauma of Olympic Star in Hit and Run

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trauma of Olympic Star in Hit and Run

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Byline: REBECCA MOWLING

AN OLYMPIC rowing star knocked off her bike during training and "left for dead" has vowed to compete in the 2008 Beijing event.

The horrifying hit-and-run crash in London left bronze medal winner Elise Laverick, 29, disfigured just weeks after the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

After plastic surgery to repair a broken jaw, three smashed teeth and severe facial scarring, the rower is determined to carry on with her career. But she was left so traumatised by the incident on 27 October that only now does she feel able to speak about it.

Speaking from her mother's home in Arundel, West Sussex, Laverick said: "It all happened so quickly. I didn't even have time to scream.

"All the driver needed to do was stop and see if I was alive, but the vehicle just sped off. I really don't know how they can sleep at night. …

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