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Paralyzed Austrian ski jumper Mueller released from hospital


GRAZ, Austria (AP) 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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