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Swedish skier Holmlund in coma after training crash

Reuters logo Reuters 19/12/2016

Olympic cross-country skiing bronze medallist Anna Holmlund of Sweden was put in a medically-induced coma after sustaining a head injury in a training accident in Italy, Scandinavian media reported on Monday.

According to the Expressen newspaper, the 29-year-old crashed while training in Bolzano ahead of Tuesday's FIS World Cup competition in Innichen in northern Italy.

"It has been established she has some small bleeding on the brain and she was operated on," Swedish cross-country sporting director Joar Baatelson was quoted as saying.

Sweden's third placed Holmlund celebrates after the women's freestyle skiing skicross finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor © REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Sweden's third placed Holmlund celebrates after the women's freestyle skiing skicross finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

Holmlund, who is second in the World Cup rankings, finished third at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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