Associate Director, Communications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2011) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team libero Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic silver medalist, continues to make progress recovering from injuries sustained during a bus accident on April 12 as her Brazilian professional volleyball team Volei Futuro was traveling to the gymnasium to compete in the first match of the best-of-three semifinal round Superliga playoff.
“Stacy continues to amaze us and the medical team with her progress,” said Keri Sykora, Stacy’s sister. “She remains positive about her own recovery. Today she was able to walk in her room, sit up in the chair, and is eating all the pizza, pasta, and ice cream she can. Stacy has been receiving wonderful, comprehensive care here in Brazil. We look forward to providing more updates about her successful recovery. Thank you and keep her in your thought and prayers.”
“Significant positive developments continue - Stacy is showing improvement in several areas and is being transferred out of the intensive care unit,” said Dr. Chris Koutures, who serves as one of the U.S. Women’s National Team physicians. “The Brazilian medical team continues to provide her outstanding care and focusing all their attention on her full ongoing physical, nutritional and cognitive recovery. All the news we receive suggests as optimal a recovery as could be expected at this time, and we wish to give due credit and thanks to the medical staff in Sao Paolo for their wonderful efforts.”
USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal, who has referred to Sykora as “an iconic member of our U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and is one of our most engaging players with the fans,” said USA Volleyball will continue to monitor Sykora’s recovery through communications with her family, health providers in Brazil and connections with the Brazil Volleyball Federation and Volei Futuro.
“USA Volleyball sends out its thanks to the many fans in the United States, Brazil and across the globe, supporters and friends who have sent their prayers and good wishes for Stacy’s recovery,” Beal said. “Everyone at USA Volleyball and Stacy’s family are more than appreciative of the out-pouring of support shown to Stacy.”
Sykora has competed for the U.S. in the last three Summer Olympic Games and earned her first Olympic Games medal in 2008. She was named the Best Libero at the 2010 FIVB World Championship and led the competition in digs with 4.85 per set. Sykora played a key role in leading the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual women’s international volleyball tournament. Based on her contributions last year, Sykora was named USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year. In her second Olympic Games appearance in 2004, she earned the event’s Best Digger honor. For a full bio on Sykora, click here.