Family of injured former Olympic cyclist Dale Stetina announces more progress in athlete's recovery

BOULDER, Colo. - The former Olympic bicyclist who suffered a serious head injury Saturday in a crash in Lefthand Canyon was able to respond to a nurse Wednesday morning.

Dale Stetina, a U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer, was critically injured when he tried to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane Saturday Afternoon.  The Colorado State Patrol told 7NEWS that Stetina and several other cyclists were eastbound at mile marker 13.8 in Lefthand Canyon when a westbound Jeep Wrangler that had pulled over into an eastbound pullout attempted to re-enter the highway.

"There is a slight curve and some roadside vegetation," said Trooper Nate Reid. "That may have affected visibility."

Stetina is recovering in Boulder Community Hospital. His status was originally listed as "critical" but he was upgraded to "serious" condition Tuesday. 

Wednesday morning, the family announced through a Twitter account that Stetina was able to respond to a nurse's commands.

"Dad has responded to her command to grab her hand with both hands and to raise 2 fingers for her," they wrote.

The tweet ended with, "This is HUGE!"

People who want to follow milestones in the injured cyclist's recovery can follow the @dalestetina  Twitter account.