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Professional BMX dirt rider T.J. Lavin remains in a medically induced coma due to bleeding in his brain but was able to move his hands early Saturday.
In a text message sent Saturday morning to Lavin's friend and Dew Tour BMX dirt course builder Tim "Fuzzy" Hall, Lavin's mother, Barbara, said, "Neuro came and spoke to T.J. He moved his hands around and he gave the docs a thumbs up. He is not conscious. He's back on sedation to rest and minimize brain swelling."
|T.J. Lavin, thrown from his bike and knocked unconscious Thursday, remains in a medically induced coma on Saturday.|
The 33-year-old Las Vegas native and host of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" was injured Thursday evening at the Dew Tour Championships in his hometown.
During dirt qualifying, Lavin failed to get his feet back on the pedals mid-air and was catapulted to his head. Lavin sustained an orbital fracture on his eye and a fractured right wrist. Contrary to earlier reports, Lavin did not suffer any broken ribs."It looked like he kicked the seat with one foot when he was trying get back on and the bike wasn't completely within reach," Nate Berkheimer, another Dew Tour competitor, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I've seen him do that trick hundreds of times." A tour spokeswoman said Lavin was wearing a helmet. "T.J. is an important member of the Dew Tour family -- the Tour, athletes and action sports industry are all keeping him in our thoughts and prayers," Alli Sports officials said in a statement.
According to accounts from Lavin's business partner, Chris Aday, the Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest before retiring from the pro dirt circuit.The current BMX Dirt champion, Ryan Nyquist, said he heard the same. "He kept making comments [Thursday] like, 'Well, this is my last one,' " Nyquist told the Review-Journal. Lavin rose to fame on the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. He earned a silver medal in 1996 and a gold medals in 1997 and '99. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host.