United States BMX rider Connor Fields suffered a broken rib, a bruised lung and underwent tests to determine whether he suffered any brain damage after he crashed at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, according to USA Today.
He also had a brain hemorrhage, though bleeding in his brain has since stopped and he has been moved out of critical care, according to the Washington Post's Les Carpenter.
Fields was taken off the track on a stretcher after he crashed during a semifinals heat on Friday. The 28-year-old was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
“Cognitively he’s doing well,” his dad, Mike, told USA Today. “He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognizes people.”
Connor Fields suffers brutal BMX crash in Tokyo
Fields crashed in the third semifinals heat after he landed hard on an early jump and slammed into the ground.
He was attended to briefly by medical personnel on the track before he was lifted onto a stretcher and then into an ambulance.
Fields, a three-time Olympian and a favorite to win the gold medal, was in second place at the time of the crash. He technically still qualified for the finals.
Fields’ dad said that he underwent CT scans on his brain, spine and abdomen.
“There’s a bit of fluid on his brain, but it has not increased for the next 24 hours, so they’re feeling good about that,” Mike said, via USA Today. “So far the results seem pretty positive.”
It’s unclear when Fields will be able to leave the hospital, though the goal is to fly home in about five days, his dad said.
“The good news is he’s had extremely good care there in Tokyo,” Mike said, via USA Today.
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