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Olympic ski cross champion suffers serious knee injury

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Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.

Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.

Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.

“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.

Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.

Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.

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Olympic freestyle skiing medalist out of coma from December crash

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Swedish skier Anna Holmlund is out of a coma and verbally communicating, five months after suffering brain injuries in a training crash.

Holmlund, a Sochi Olympic ski cross bronze medalist, recognizes family and friends, showing improvement in the last month, according to the Swedish ski federation.

It’s unknown if Holmlund will make further improvements, a Swedish national team doctor said. If everything goes as planned, she can leave the hospital in July.

Holmlund won the 2015 and 2016 World Cup season titles in ski cross, which made its Olympic debut in 2010.

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Ski cross champion’s condition improves, still unconscious

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Swedish skier Anna Holmlund‘s condition has improved since hitting her head in a Dec. 19 training crash, causing bleeding in her brain, and being put in a medically induced coma.

Holmlund was moved out of an intensive-care unit and now breathes without the help of a ventilator, but she hasn’t regained consciousness, according to the Swedish Ski Association on Monday.

Holmlund overcame pneumonia early on during her hospitalization. Her condition has stabilized. No new bleeding has been found in her brain, according to the ski federation.

Holmlund, a 29-year-old ski cross racer, took bronze at the Sochi Olympics and won the last two World Cup season titles.

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