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Former Olympic Cyclist Upgraded To Serious Condition After Crash

Dale Stetina
Dale Stetina (credit: Stetina Family)

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) - A former Olympic bicyclist critically injured in Boulder County after a crash Sunday afternoon has been upgraded to serious condition.

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According to Cpl. Heather Cobler, Dale Stetina, 57, was cycling in Lefthand Canyon with a group heading eastbound when an SUV heading westbound crossed the center line all the way to the eastbound shoulder. The driver then corrected just as the group of cyclists was coming around a slight corner.

None of the cyclists collided with the SUV but Stetina lost control and went over his handlebars after swerving and braking hard.

Dale Stetina was wearing a helmet but sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Boulder Community Hospital. He was originally reported to be in critical condition with a brain injury. On Monday Dale Stetina's brother, Wayne Stetina, said he was making significant strides that are surprising his doctors, and on Tuesday his condition was upgraded to serious.

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