Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht, seen through a red safety net, lies on the snow after injuring himself in a bad crash during a downhill training on the legendary Streif downhill course in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. Albrecht lost control and flew through the air for about 40 meters (yards) coming to a stop near the finish line. He received medical attention for several minutes before being airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht has returned to his home country after being released from an Austrian hospital where he spent three weeks following a downhill training crash.
Albrecht was transferred by ambulance to an intensive care unit
of Bern University's Insel hospital Sunday to continue his recovery
from brain and lung injuries. A hospital statement Monday said
"his condition had improved so well over the weekend that nothing
was getting in the way of a transfer."
The 25-year-old Albrecht woke up from an induced coma Thursday,
three weeks after crashing on a course in Kitzbuehel on Jan. 22.
Doctors said Albrecht won't suffer permanent damage.
Albrecht, who won two World Cup races this season and is 10th in
the overall standings, was the 2007 super-combined world champion.