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Canada BMX hope returns from injury, ready for Olympics

07-12-2012 11:25 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

By Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, July 11 (Xinhua) -- BMX rider Tory Nyhaug has been named to the Canadian Olympic team, Cycling Canada announced Wednesday, less than two months after having his spleen removed following a serious crash.

The recovery of the 20-year-old Coquitlam, B.C. rider has been nothing short of miraculous after he went over the handlebars of his bike in the final of a UCI BMX Supercross race in Holland on May 13. Along with a fractured wrist and a concussion, the crash required a three-week hospital stay in the Netherlands, including 10 days in intensive care.

After being cleared to return home to Vancouver, doctors at a local hospital decided to remove his spleen, an organ he had ruptured only two years ago in another crash, to give him a possible chance of being selected as Canada's sole BMX entry at the London Games.

Following a rehabilitation that saw him back on a stationary bike a month after surgery, Nyhaug, currently ranked world No.5, credited his family, team of coaches, physiotherapist and physiologist for his quick recovery.

"Rehab went really well. Now we're back into a full training program and we're going to do everything we can to make sure I'm 100 percent and ready to perform at the London Olympics," he told Xinhua during a training session in Abbotsford, B.C.

"Definitely, when you get an injury it's a setback, but I think the best athletes will overcome it and now, already I'm feeling really good and confident on the ramp and on the track, so things are looking really good," he said.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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