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Jolanda Neff seriously injured in high-speed crash in North Carolina

Jolanda Neff (Trek-Segafredo)
Jolanda Neff (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing) has sustained serious injuries as a result of a high-speed crash while mountain biking in the Pisgah Forest, near Brevard, North Carolina. 

Neff came off her bike at a high speed which resulted in a ruptured spleen, a fractured rib, and a collapsed lung, according to a Trek Factory Racing team press release.

"I misjudged a downhill corner on a trail that was new to me during my training ride and I went off track and over the bars, falling into a pile of logs," said Neff. 

"I immediately knew something was wrong."

Neff was treated at a nearby hospital in Asheville, NC where she stayed for three nights and was released.

In order to stop internal bleeding in her spleen, Neff's emergency medical team used a technique called embolization, which avoided the need to remove her spleen.

It's unclear what these injuries mean for Neff's preparation for the cross-country season and her Tokyo Olympic Games bid next summer.

Neff was scheduled to compete at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Duebendorf, Switzerland on February 1.

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