American four-cross and BMX rider Tara Llanes (Giant) broke her back during the third round of the Jeep King of the Mountains series, on Saturday in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Llanes crashed during the semi finals, where she dueled with longtime rival Jill Kintner.Let's hope she's alright.
Llanes was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center where she underwent seven hours of surgery to address the massive trauma suffered on her lower back. Doctors also diagnosed a C-7 fracture which was deemed stable prior going into surgery.
Accoding to her family, Llanes is currently breathing without assistance, but reports no feeling below her waist.
UPDATE (09/04/07): A bit more information from Bicycling Magazine. Check out Tara's MySpace page for up to date information.