Olympic skier pledges brain to concussion research

Kerrin Lee-Gartner, who won a gold medal in alpine skiing at the 1992 Olympics and currently works as a sports analyst, has announced she is pledging her brain to the Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) for concussion research.

The CCC is focused on studying the link between repeated concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE can only be detected once the person is dead.

“Shared knowledge is power and if something that I've experienced can help someone else, then that would be a blessing,” Lee-Gartner said, as quoted in the report.

Lee-Gartner is one of the first female athletes to donate their brains to the CCC, according to a report from CBC. The other women who have made the same pledge are rugby player Jen Kish and hockey players Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Fran Rider.

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