Sam Willoughby remains without feeling below his chest after a serious training crash which left him with spinal damage.
The Australian BMX star’s family has released more details of the injuries he suffered in an American training crash on September 10.
“At this stage, Sam still has no movement from his chest down but has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining some sensation in his legs,” they said in a statement through Cycling Australia.
“Sam’s next step is to begin a long road of recovery at a rehabilitation centre and, while the details are still to be finalised, at this stage, it is expected that Sam will be transported to a US-based rehabilitation centre in the next few days.”
The accident occurred at Willoughby’s local track in Chula Vista, near San Diego, and was airlifted to hospital.
Willoughby won silver in BMX at the 2012 Olympics, and made the final in Rio, but finished a surprise sixth.
– Written by Rekha Kulen