Professional skater Anastasia Olson, 31, was injured Saturday during a lift while performing as Belle in Disney on Ice’s rendition of 'Beauty and the Beast'
A Disney on Ice skater is hospitalized and in “serious condition” after a fall during a performance in Minnesota, officials confirm.
On Saturday, Anastasia Olson, 31 — who portrays Princess Belle in the show’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast — was injured during the 11 a.m. show at Target Center in Minneapolis and rushed to the hospital.
“The skater who portrayed Belle was injured while performing a lift during a pair skating part of the routine and fell. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment,” a spokesperson for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Disney on Ice, said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Officials at Hennepin County Medical Center tell PEOPLE that Olson is in “serious condition” as of Monday afternoon.
Following the accident, the performance continued as scheduled. An audience member named Beka told KARE 11 that the medical emergency took place early in the show.
"This happened about 40 minutes into the show," the spectator recalled. "They were doing a lift, it appeared shaky and she fell. I am beyond grateful and thankful for the remaining staff and the performers who kept going because that preserves the magic for the kids. I know that has to have been very difficult."
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Another onlooker recalled the accident in a post on X, formerly Twitter, writing, “Belle fell during a lift at Disney on Ice Minneapolis. The beast stumbled into the side during a lift and dropped Belle on the ice. She immediately started seizing and was carried out on a stretcher.”
No additional information on Olson’s health condition has been released.
“Disney On Ice appreciates the well wishes from our fans as our team member recovers.” Feld’s statement noted.
In May 2023, Olson shared photos on Instagram from her performances as Belle, reflecting on the milestone in her career.
"After such an emotional weekend, I thought to myself how lucky I am to have called D20 my home for 5 years," the professional figure skater said at the time. "The memories and relationships I made here are unforgettable and irreplaceable. I've laughed, I've cried, I've loved. And in the end, it was all so worth it."
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