Florida Center Treating Paralyzed Olympic Skier

MIAMI (AP) — A Brazilian Olympic freestyle skier who was paralyzed while training in Utah is now being treated at a Florida hospital.

Doctors of Lais Souza will give an update on her condition on Friday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, which specializes in spinal injuries.

The ex-Olympic gymnast injured her spine while preparing to compete as a skier at the Sochi Winter Games. Souza was at the University of Utah hospital since hitting a tree while skiing recreationally on Jan. 27. The accident left her unable to breathe on her own or move her legs and arms.

The 25-year-old Souza participated in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics as a gymnast before switching to the winter sport.

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