Olympic skicross medalist emerges from coma after 5 months

On Wednesday, the Swedish Ski Association announced that, after spending the past five months in a coma following a training crash on Dec. 19, 2016, Anna Holmlund — the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in skicross — has emerged from the coma and is once again communicating with doctors.

Per ESPN, the 29-year-old Swede crashed while training in Italy. Following the crash she underwent brain surgery and was put into a medically-induced coma. She was then transferred to a hospital in Stockholm 10 days later.

According to the Swedish Ski Association, Holmlund has been showing improvement in her condition over the past month. Now, encouragingly, she has come out of the coma and is once again recognizing friends and family and able to communicate through simple verbal responses.

“If all goes according to plan she will leave the hospital in July 2017. She will then move to her hometown of Sundvall where accommodation and continued rehabilitation is being organized,” Swedish ski team doctor Jakob Swanberg was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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It’s not clear to what extent Holmlund (above) will continue to improve, but she is currently able to manage simple verbal communications. Photo: Courtesy of Swedish Ski Association

In its release, the Swedish Ski Association reports that it’s not entirely clear whether Holmlund’s condition will continue to improve and to what extent it will improve. The Association also reported that the injury will likely result in longterm disabilities for Holmlund.

According to ESPN, Holmlund has amassed 19 World Cup race wins in her career and is is a three-time ski cross World Cup champion. As noted, she finished third at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Games in skicross.

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