Brazilian gymnast and freestyle skier Lais Souza

Brazilian gymnast and freestyle skier Lais Souza. (Photo courtesy of Facebook via Souza)

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A gymnast who was attempting to become Brazil's first freestyle skier at a Winter Games is now facing a long road to recovery after a training accident on Monday. Lais Souza, a 25-year-old who competed for Brazil in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, suffered "severe trauma" to her spine after crashing during a training run in Salt Lake City.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee reports that Souza cannot move her arms or legs. She is breathing with the help of ventilators, doctors say, and is awake and following commands. Souza is currently in the intensive care unit at University of Utah hospital.
Kevin Kaduk

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