Stacy Sykora injured in Brazil
SAO PAULO -- A U.S. Olympic volleyball player was injured when a bus carrying her Brazilian team crashed on its way to a match on Tuesday.
Team members told Sao Paulo media that libero Stacy Sykora passed out, had a cut on her face and spent the night at a hospital. Sykora, of Burleson, Texas, was a member of the U.S. silver medal team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"From what we have gathered, we expect a full recovery by Stacy and her Brazilian pro teammates," USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said Wednesday in a release. "Stacy is an iconic member of our U.S. women's national volleyball team and is one of our most engaging players with the fans. She is a key member of the team as it competes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games."
The bus overturned near the gymnasium where Volei Futuro was to play a semifinal in the Brazilian league. The driver apparently lost control in the rain just outside Sao Paulo, and several players had minor injuries.
The hospital press office confirmed the 33-year-old Sykora was admitted but did not release information on her condition. Most players were released after being treated for cuts and bruises.
"On behalf of the U.S. women's national team staff, I want to wish Stacy a full and speedy recovery -- our thoughts are certainly with her," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "From our understanding, Stacy is receiving quality medical treatment and has the support of our USA Volleyball family, her Brazilian teammates, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation and her many fans in the U.S. and around the world."
The semifinal was canceled.
Sykora attended Texas A&M and has competed in three Olympics.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press