Olympic ski medalist Anna Holmlund out of coma five months after crash

Olympic ski cross bronze medalist Anna Holmlund is out of a coma five months after suffering brain injuries in a training crash last December.

On Thursday, the Swedish ski federation said Holmlund now recognizes family and friends and is able to communicate. The federation also added that she could be ready to leave the hospital as early as July, where she would then continue rehabilitation in her home town of Sundsvall.

Holmlund is a three-time ski cross World Cup champion. She finished third at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

She underwent brain surgery and was in an induced coma after crashing during a race in Italy on Dec. 19. She was transferred to a hospital in Stockholm 10 days later.

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Holmlund has 19 World Cup race wins.

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