Posted: 23 September, 2016 by @Nikki_Markovics

Aussie Olympic Champ May Never Walk Again

Star athlete breaks neck!

He's used to fighting it out on the BMX track but Aussie cyclist Sam Willoughby is now fighting for life.

The London Olympic silver medallist may never walk again after breaking his neck at training in the US on September 10.

He remains in a San Diego hospital with no movement from the chest down.

His family has made a quick dash to be with him in hospital, as he recovers from surgery to repair his vertebrae.

They've also released a statement

The two-time world champ and silver medalist has had his fractured C6 removed, and a titanium cage fused between his C5 and C7 with a plate and four screws.

He has reportedly got a little sensation coming back into his legs but still can't move them.

He and fiancée US BMX rider Alise Post are due to be married next year.

"One of Sam's goals is to do everything in his power to walk me down that aisle side-by-side as husband and wife, surrounded by his beautiful loved ones, and ready to celebrate a beautiful future with each and every one of you on this journey with him," Post said to News Corp.

Social media has been flooded with tributes, with #strengthfor91 trending.

91 is Willoughby's birth year and riding number.

 

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