Equestrian: Andrew Nicholson 'lucky not to be paralysed' in fall

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson has competed at six Olympics for New Zealand

Three-time Olympic eventing medallist Andrew Nicholson says he was "extremely fortunate" not to be paralysed in a fall 11 days ago.

The 54-year-old New Zealander injured his neck after coming off Cillnabradden Evo at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

"I realise I have been incredibly lucky," Nicholson said.

"My surgeon said the injury I sustained to my neck would have caused paralysis at the time of injury in 98% of cases."

Nicholson, who is recovering at home in Wiltshire, added: "Obviously, I won't be riding again this season, as it will take some time to fully recover."

During his career he helped New Zealand win three Olympic team medals - including bronze at London 2012 - and three World Championship medals, highlighted by a team gold in 1990 in Stockholm.

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