World champion cyclist Caroline Buchanan seriously injured
Olympian and world champion Caroline Buchanan, is in hospital following a car accident near Canberra in Australia
Buchanan was with a friend on a private estate outside the Australian capital of Canberra when the vehicle they were in rolled over.
The 27 year cyclist has a broken nose, sternum and a collapsed lung.
She has been removed from the intensive care unit and posted a photo of herself wearing a neck brace, on Instagram.
"I wouldn't say 2017 ended quite as planned. It's been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll," Buchanan said "I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction. Happy New Year! Off season just got a little more tough!!"
Buchanan needed to have a lung drained but doctors are confident she will make a full recovery.
Buchanan claimed second place at the 2017 BMX world championships in the USA, before claiming a world title in the mountain bike four cross in Trentino, Italy.
The win in Italy marked her eighth world championship medal, 5 times Mountain Bike World Champion and 3 times BMX World Champion.
She represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in the women's BMX event, making the finals in London.
Cycling Australia awarded Buchanan the Elite BMX female cyclist of the year last year and she was also named the Canberra female athlete of the year at the ACT's sports awards. She had returned to Canberra shortly after her world championship for a break from the track.
I wouldn't say 2017 ended quite as planned. Its been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction. Injuries are... Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I'll will keep you guys up to date as we go. Happy New Year! Off season just got a little more tough!! ??????