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BMX star TJ Lavin in critical condition after accident during Dew Tour event qualifying

Lavin2 BMX athlete TJ Lavin is in critical condition following an accident during qualifying rounds of the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas.

Pete Thomas Outdoors reports that Lavin, 33, was soaring high over a dirt ramp during prelims Thursday night and was attempting a difficult maneuver that entailed becoming temporarily unseated from his bicycle. He failed to get his feet back on the pedals before landing on the downslope, became separated from the bike just before impact and was knocked unconscious.

Lavin, a Las Vegas native, was transported to University Medical Center and also was said to have suffered broken ribs and a broken right wrist. A hospital spokeswoman would not confirm Lavin's injuries nor elaborate on his condition when reached Friday morning, but said it remained critical.

In addition to the Dew Tour, Lavin is known as a past X Games champion as well as host of MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: TJ Lavin. Credit: Dew Tour

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