Lukas Verzbicas Out Of Colorado Hospital

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  • Published Sep 5, 2012
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Five weeks after suffering serious injuries in a bicycle accident that could have left him a paraplegic, Lukas Verzbicas walked out of a Colorado Springs hospital Tuesday with hopes of resuming his career as an elite triathlete.

Verzbicas broke six ribs, his right clavicle and two thoracic vertebrae, along with a punctured lung, when he crashed into a guard rail while on a ride July 31 in the Garden of the Gods.

“I could have been a paraplegic or even worse,” said Verzbicas, 19. “They told me I could have passed away, so I feel very lucky that I’m still here and that I’m recovering so fast.”

Verzbicas is a highly regarded prospect from the Chicago area who moved to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center and attend the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. His spinal cord was damaged in the accident, but not permanently.

Read more:

– Video: Lukas Verzbicas One Month After His Crash
– Video: Lukas Verzbicas’ Road To Recovery
Lukas Verzbicas Talks About Bike Crash
– Photos: On Location With Lukas Verzbicas
Photos: Lukas Verzbicas’ Bike Fit
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