Icelandic skier and national team member Fanney Thorbjörg Gudmundsdóttir is slowly recovering after her fateful accident in Norway on Christmas Eve. She had multiple injuries and was thought to have been paralyzed below the neck. After surgery on the 27th she has gained strength and is moving in the right direction.
Fanney Gudmundsdóttir in the hospital in Oslo, Norway
Her father, Gudmundur Á Björnsson, a jaw surgeon, told mbl.is that it had been a difficult moment for Fanney when she realized that she would never compete on skies again and that her life had taken a 180 degree turn. “But she is a very competitive person and we created a positive atmosphere around what is happening.”
“On Friday morning she was able to move her left elbow to the side. She could not do that before. She also gripped much tighter than before. This was by far her best day. She is off pain killers and sounds more understandable than before. We are also going over the emotional side. All is going better than we hoped for. She has more strength in her feet and some strength in her arms as well. Fanney is incredibly strong.”