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Off-season rehab: Queenstown's Jess Blewitt, pictured during her winning run in the female elite round four of the Mountain Bike New Zealand downhill nationals at Coronet Peak in February, is about to wing her way back to NZ following an horrific crash in the US. PICTURE: SEAN BEALE

By GUY WILLIAMS

Up-and-coming Queenstown mountain biker Jess Blewitt will arrive at a New Zealand MIQ facility next week to continue her recovery from a horror crash in the United States last
Saturday.

Blewitt’s in a Virginia hospital after being thrown over her bars during the final World Cup downhill race of the season at the Snowshoe ski resort in West Virginia.

The 19-year-old national champ was airlifted from the course after suffering a broken femur, collarbone and wrist, cracked ribs and cracks to her lower back vertebrae.

The crash occurred while she was near the end of the course, on track for a top-10 finish, during the sixth and last race of the season.

She’s expected to have surgery on her collarbone today, following a successful op on her leg on Sunday.

A family spokeswoman says Blewitt’s ‘‘feeling positive about her recovery’’ and looking forward to returning home for rehabilitation during her off-season.

‘‘This sport certainly dishes out its highs and lows, and Jess reflects on her highs in her achievements over the season.’’

In an outstanding result in her debut season on the World Cup circuit, Blewitt came eighth in the world championships in Italy last month.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz