Family describes recovery of injured cyclist Dale Stetina as an 'emotional roller coaster'

BOULDER, Colo. - The family of a former Olympic cyclist who suffered a serious head injury described the athlete's discovery as an "emotional roller coaster."

Dale Stetina, a U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer, suffered a serious head injury when he tried to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane during a ride in Lefthand Canyon on Aug. 31.  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.

Stetina is recovering in Boulder Community Hospital. His status was originally listed as "critical" but he was upgraded to "serious" a few days later.

Early Wednesday morning, the family tweeted that all of the fluid was out of Stetina's lungs and he was taken off the ventilator.

"Yesterday was a very pessimistic morning from docs but then last nite and this am Dale is a champ again! What an emotional roller coaster," the family tweeted.

Later, they exclaimed that Stetina was verbally answering some questions and had walked almost 30 feet with minimal assistance.

"(He) kept throwing (the) walker aside!!!"

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