Canuck skier improving after crash

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

INNSBRUCK, Austria -– Canadian skier Louis-Pierre Helie has been diagnosed with a concussion following a crash in Tuesday's downhill training run in Bormio, Italy.

Canadian team physicians continue to attend to Helie, a native of Berthierville, Que., after he briefly lost consciousness on the ski hill.

He was airlifted to hospital at the time and was transferred yesterday to the trauma centre in Innsbruck, Austria for assessment by neurosurgical specialists there.

"A follow up CT scan has indicated a stable brain injury that will hopefully continue to improve from a neurologic perspective and he has remained alert and in good spirits," said team doctor Stephen French, who expects Helie will be discharged on Thursday.

"While the athletes' neurologic perspective is improving, unfortunately he appears to have sustained a significant left knee injury in the same crash and he will be returning to Canada for assessment and treatment of a suspected ACL tear at the first opportunity," added French. "The athlete's return to competition remains uncertain at this time."


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