Brazilian gymnast and freestyle skier Lais Souza

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

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

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

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

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

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ais Souza of Brazil performs on the beam during the women's qualifications of the 40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on September 02, 2007 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer hall in Stuttgart, southern Germany. The competitions take place from 01 to 09 September 2007. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lais Souza of Brazil performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualifications of the 40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on September 02, 2007 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer hall in Stuttgart, southern Germany. The competitions take place from 01 to 09 September 2007. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Lais Souza of Brazil walks off of the floor after competing the qualification round for the women's artistic gymnastics event held at the National Indoor Stadium during Day 2 of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)