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    Blair Morgan update

    Posted by msavage
    on Monday, September 22, 2008
    Snocross, X-Games champion fractures back in motocross accident  
    Blair Morgan

                Former world champion snocross racer Blair Morgan suffered a severe back injury during practice for the Motocross Valvoline of Montreal on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Olympic Stadium.

                According to Ski-Doo officials, Morgan fractured his C4 and C5 vertebra during a practice session leading up to the motocross event. Doctors at Montreal General Hospital surgically fused the two vertebra and are waiting to see how Morgan responds. A Blackfoot motocross release early Tuesday confirmed the severity of the injury, saying that as a result of the two vertabra separating on impact, Morgan's spinal cord was severed. The release says he has paralysis from the mid-back down. The team's release says Morgan was removed from a ventilator shortly after surgery and has progressed well since.

                Morgan was moved from the intensive care unit on Monday to the hospital's orthopedic floor and plans are being made to move Morgan closer to his home. The team says he will be working with physiotherapists as he continues recovering from the injuries. Blackfoot also thanks Morgan's friends and fans for their well wishes during his recovery. On Monday Ski-Doo officials also asked for prayers for Morgan and his family as they await further developments.

                This is not the first time Morgan has been seriously injured. He suffered multiple injuries in a motocross crash at Nanaimo, B.C., in 2003, and in recent years has had several physical setbacks during snocross events. However, earlier this month it was announced that he had signed to run a Ski-Doo with Boss Racing for the 2008-09 season, teamed with friend Robbie Malinoski. Morgan signed autographs and talked with fans at the Hay Days event near Lino Lakes, Minn.

                Morgan began motocross racing in 1989 and joined the national circuit in 1997 when he was CMRC national champion, a feat he repeated in 1999. In addition, he was 1998 CMRC 250 national champ.

                In the snocross world Morgan has won about everything there is to win, garnering the nickname Superman. He won the 2002 and 2004 world championships and is a 5-time X-Games gold medal winner.

                Morgan was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Oct. 9, 1975 and is married. His wife Terri has been providing the Blackfoot team with updates on Morgan's condition.



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