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GB aerials skier, Lloyd Wallace, is to be moved out of intensive care. He suffered a severe head injury in a crash in Switzerland last week. UPDATED

The 22-year-old fell during training in Mettmenstetten on Thursday morning.

He was given first aid by paramedics at the scene and flown by helicopter to hospital in Zurich where he was placed in an induced coma.

He is making a good recovery and is being taken out of intensive care.

On Saturday morning British Ski & Snowboard issued the folllowing statement:

"Lloyd is now conscious and comfortable, and will be moved from intensive care to a recovery ward today in Zurich. He is doing well and is able to talk. Our thoughts continue to be with Lloyd and his family." 

Wallace was training with the Swiss Ski team at the time.

The 2015 Junior World Championship bronze medallist had fallen on the run-in for a big jump and crashed on the table.

He was placed in a light artificial coma but was awake for a short time on Thursday evening and showed signs of movement.

The International Ski Federation, FIS, said he was in a "light coma but stable". 

Doctors say the long-term prognosis will only become clear in the next few days. 

The Head of Freestyle Swiss Ski, Christoph Perreten, said their thoughts were with Lloyd and his family.

"The whole situation is hard. Our thoughts and our strength now belong to Lloyd and his family," said Christoph.

"Our thoughts and sympathy go to him and his family at the moment as he tries to recover from what sounds like a pretty bad accident in training," said the Team GB chef de mission for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Mike Hay.

Messages of support have also been posted on social media.

Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams: "Praying for a speedy recovery to Lloyd Wallace."

Olympic skeleton silver medallist Shelley Rudman: "Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery Lloyd Wallace."

The Head Ski Coach for GB Park and Pipe, Pat Sharples, tweeted:  Thinking of you @Lloyd_Wallace Heal fast man. Positive vibes. @TeamBSS #oneteam

There are further good wishes from PlanetSKI readers at the end of this article.

On his Facebook page Lloyd recently wrote of the dangers of aerials.

It was part of his crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a physio for pre-season training.

"We have to absorb huge impacts during landing and crashes are pretty common (check out the video), we need a physio to help loosen us up for a quick recovery," he said.  

See the image below for the full post and then the video.        

Lloyd on FacebookLloyd on Facebook

And if you want to contribute then follow this link.  

"We know what we do is really dangerous and it's kind of one of those things that we try not to talk about. When it does, it's super unfortunate. Our best wishes go out to him,"  said the British Olympic snowboarder, Billy Morgan.

Lloyd Wallace at Lake Beida World Cup, 2016Lloyd Wallace at Lake Beida World Cup, 2016

Wallace has just finished studying at the University of Bath and was in Switzerland for the summer to concentrate on his skiing.

He trains full-time with the Swiss aerial skiing team.

Last month he said he was looking forward to fine-tuning new tricks and putting himself in the best position to qualify for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next February.

More tributes and goodwill wishes have been posted on the PlanetSKI Facebook page:

Russ Sparkes Get well soon

Mark Heeley Terrible news.

Somapat Sitiwatjana Get well soon.

Jane Feneley Our Thoughts are with you all, get well soon Lloyd

Gillian Poth
Awful news. Thoughts are with Lloyd and his family. Get well soon.

Phil Smith Our thoughts are with Lloyd and his family.

Paula Grabek  ❤️

Donna Blanc God Bless him.

John McGrath Godspeed and hope you recover

Carol Garvie Very sad news, thoughts are with him and his family. Praying for a good recovery.

Nick Martin  🤕

David Cuthill Sending positive thoughts.

Liz Davidson Thinking of you, Lloyd.

Ana Marija Svrtan  :(

Emily Sarsfield Come on Lloyd ... you've got this! Sending you all my positive vibes, lots of love to your family! 💪 x

Jennie Lynn Schleimer Prayers and healing thoughts.

Tord Swede Nilson Positive vibes to you Lloyd! 🤘💪💪

Erich Krausser Heal up quickly!

Lloyd WallaceLloyd Wallace

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