In just over 12 months, Brianne Tutt came back from a career-threatening crash to qualify for her first Olympic Winter Games.
On December 15, 2012, Tutt was setting up for a practice start when she was hit from behind by a male skater with his head down. The collision left her with a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a fractured skull, two fractured vertebrae in her neck, hearing loss in her left ear as well as facial paralysis known as Bells Palsy.
At the time of the accident, Tutt had just broken onto the international scene, competing in her first World Cup in February 2012. She had earned a spot on the Canadian World Cup team for the 2012-13 season and competed at the first two stops.
Determined, Tutt worked her way back into shape and qualified for the World Cup team in the fall of 2013. She went on to finish 35th in the 1500m in her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014.
Getting into the Sport: Started speed skating at age 11… Had been a figure skater but wasn’t enjoying it so she was enrolled in a summer speed skating camp at the Calgary Olympic Oval… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching TV, scrapbooking, playing soccer, riding her motorcycle and rafting… Works as a personal trainer… Finished her EMR paramedic course at SAIT in 2010 with the goal of becoming a firefighter… Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is the Norwegian coach giving Sara Renner a pole to replace her broken one at Turin 2006… Inspired by Ben Petrick who was an up-and-coming baseball player before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease… Always travels with a small stuffed panda… Favourite quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” – Erma Bombeck…