Olympic ski cross medallist out of coma 5 months after crash

Women's ski cross bronze medalist Sweden's Anna Holmlund celebrates at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Sergei Grits/AP Photo)

STOCKHOLM — Olympic bronze medallist Anna Holmlund is out of a coma five months after suffering brain injuries in a ski cross training crash.

The Swedish ski federation says Holmlund now recognizes family and friends and is able to communicate.

The three-time ski cross World Cup champion underwent brain surgery and was in an induced coma after the crash in Italy on Dec. 19.

The 29-year-old Holmlund was transferred 10 days later to a hospital in Stockholm.

The ski federation says she could be ready to leave the hospital in July, and continue rehabilitation in her home town of Sundsvall.

Holmlund placed third at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She has 19 World Cup race wins.

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