KUSA - Dale Stetina, a United States Olympic and national team cyclist, suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday while cycling with a group of friends in Boulder.
He suffered a brain stem injury, according to friends and family.
On Sunday afternoon he remained in the ICU of Boulder Community Hospital in an induced coma, according to family.
At 12:10 p.m. Saturday, the 57-year-old was heading eastbound on Lefthand Canyon Drive with a group of four to five cyclists. At the same time, a jeep traveling westbound noticed the cyclists and stopped. Colorado State Patrol says Stetina swerved to avoid the jeep and crashed, possibly flying over his handlebars.
He was flown to Boulder Community Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Family is currently flying in to be with him.
"We're close. And when there's a family member that has been injured or gone down like this, it's a terrible traumatic experience for all of us," said Michael Aisner, a friend of Stetina's who promoted the Coors Classic of Boulder as well.
Stetina won that race twice.
According to his biography, in 2007 Dale Stetina was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. His long list of accolades includes competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and winning the Tour of Costa Rica in December 1980.
He was also a National Road Champion and two-time winner of the Coors Classic of Boulder.
Aisner calls Stetina "one of the dominant cyclists of all time to come from this country."
No citations have been issued for the crash at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.
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