An alleged road rage incident on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark has left Danish Olympic swimmer Jeanette Ottesen and her boyfriend Marco Loughran injured.
Ottesen told TV2 Sport that the alleged attacker was angered because he thought that she was driving too slowly. Ottesen stated to the Danish television network that the man started an altercation with them, and began to beat Loughran, hitting him in the head repeatedly. When she tried to defend him, Ottesen stated that the man attacked her where she suffered injuries to her fingers. Ottesen broke one finger and sprained another.
Loughran, a former Florida Gator and British Olympian, suffered a gash in his head, a split eyebrow, several broken teeth, and complications to his shoulder.
The timing of the injuries for Ottesen is less than optimal considering how close the World Championships are. According to TV 2 Sport, Ottesen is taking some time off to recover from the injury. She has allegedly tried swimming since the incident, however she experienced pain.
She told TV 2 Sport that she thinks she will be ready for the national team training camp in Croatia, a camp designed specifically to prepare the Danish team for the World Championships.
Ottesen is one of Denmark’s medal hopefuls. She won one gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, and another at the 2013 World Championships.