Renee Junga to
MTB rider to have operation
Cycling Australia Media
cyclist Renee Junga, 20, will undergo surgery on Friday in the wake of a
crash during training for the 4X (4 cross) for the MTB World Championships
in Rotorua, New Zealand.
"It was at the first double on the course," said
Junga from her hospital bed. "I noticed the other girls were
falling short on the jump so I put in an extra crank and missed it badly and
Junga has broken the C1 and C2 bones in her neck and has suffered spinal
trauma at T6. She has also suffered two broken ribs and a fractured sternum.
Surgeons will operate on Friday to screw together the C1 and C2 bones. They
will also operate on her back to stabilise her spine.
Junga has been buoyed by the well wishes, flowers and balloons sent by her
friends in the cycling community.
Junga's mother, Sallie Howie, arrived in Auckland last night and will be
joined by husband Alistair, Junga's stepfather, tonight.
Junga, who won the silver medal at last year's BMX World Championships in
France, was the 2005 Australian Female BMX Cyclist of the Year.
Meantime Renee's team mate, former MTB World Champion, Wade Bootes, will
spend the night in Rotorua Hospital after crashing the warm up for today's
qualifying round of the 4X competition. Bootes has suffered a broken nose,
broken collar bone and concussion and will be kept in overnight for
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