Outlook 'optimistic' for Hans Grugger

Updated: January 23, 2011, 9:51 AM ET
Associated Press

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Doctors treating Hans Grugger are optimistic about the skier's condition but can't give a prognosis for his recovery, three days after the Austrian had brain surgery following a crash in downhill training.

The University Hospital in Innsbruck said in a statement Sunday that "the overall picture of test results gives doctors reason to be optimistic."

The hospital says Grugger had a quiet night without complications but that he will be kept in an induced coma.

The 29-year-old Grugger lost balance at a long jump at the Streif course Thursday and smashed his head on the icy slope upon landing. He was brought by helicopter to the hospital and was in surgery for 5 hours.


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