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Lukas Mueller, paralyzed Austrian ski jumper, released from hospital

Austrian ski jumper Lukas Mueller has been released from the hospital to continue his recovery in a rehab clinic, six weeks after a crash at the ski flying world championships left him partially paralyzed.

23-year-old to recover at rehab clinic 6 weeks after crash left him partially paralyzed

Austria's Lukas Mueller was partially paralyzed in a crash at the ski flying world championships on Jan. 13 in Tauplitz. (Alex Domanski/NordicFocus/Getty Images)

Austrian ski jumper Lukas Mueller has been released from the hospital to continue his recovery in a rehab clinic, six weeks after a crash at the ski flying world championships left him partially paralyzed.

Mueller says his condition is improving and he's able to move a toe, adding "for now it's utopian but if I ever get the chance to jump again, I'll do it."

The 23-year-old Mueller underwent emergency surgery on his lower spine following the Jan. 13 crash in Tauplitz. He lost control during a 120-meter test jump after the shoe buckle on his left ski opened.

The 2009 junior world champion on the normal hill competed in 16 World Cup events with a sixth-place finish at the first stop of the 2009-10 Four Hills his best result.

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