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Monday, February 16, 2009
Albrecht back home in Switzerland

Associated Press

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht has returned to his home country after being released from an Austrian hospital where he spent three weeks following a downhill training crash.

Albrecht was transferred by ambulance to an intensive care unit of Bern University's Insel hospital Sunday to continue his recovery from brain and lung injuries. A hospital statement Monday said "his condition had improved so well over the weekend that nothing was getting in the way of a transfer."

The 25-year-old Albrecht woke up from an induced coma Thursday, three weeks after crashing on a course in Kitzbuehel on Jan. 22.

Doctors said Albrecht won't suffer permanent damage.

Albrecht, who won two World Cup races this season and is 10th in the overall standings, was the 2007 super-combined world champion.