Crash vic­tim Holm­lund in coma af­ter surgery

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Swedish ski cross cham­pion Anna Holm­lund has been put in a med­i­cally in­duced coma af­ter sus­tain­ing a head in­jury dur­ing train­ing, Swe­den’s ski cross fed­er­a­tion re­ported yes­ter­day. The 2014 Olympic bronze medal­list suf­fered from bleed­ing in the brain af­ter a crash be­fore this week’s World Cup com­pe­ti­tion in Innichen in north­ern Italy. The two-time World Cup win­ner was un­con­scious when paramedics air-lifted her by he­li­copter to a hospi­tal in Bolzano where she un­der­went surgery. “It is not pos­si­ble to speak about the fu­ture de­vel­op­ments as the sit­u­a­tion is still un­sta­ble,” the Swedish Ski Fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment on Mon­day. The fed­er­a­tion’s ski cross di­rec­tor Joar Ba­tel­son told AFP on Tues­day that the 29-year-old was still in a wor­ry­ing con­di­tion. But he said that al­though Holm­lund is still un­con­scious, her con­di­tion has be­come more sta­ble overnight since the ac­ci­dent. “She is se­dated so her body can rest,” Ba­tel­son told AFP. Holm­lund is placed sec­ond in the over­all World Cup stand­ings be­hind Canada’s Marielle Thomp­son. — AFP

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