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07 Jul 2012

Marcus Grönholm (Updated!)

Category: News Posted 07.07.12 21:19 by

Statements from the Team of double World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm. Updated with the 3rd of July 7.



Los Angeles, CA, Saturday July 7, 2012, 1000hrs PDT local/1800hrs CET.Marcus Grönholm will be discharged this morning from the California Hospital Medical Center on South Grand Avenue in LA, having completed his acute recovery to doctors’ satisfaction following his accident last Saturday when contesting the X Games GRC event.


Marcus will remain in California for the weekend, resting with his family before making plans to return home to Finland; his recuperation requires that he does not compete in round four of the GRC scheduled to take place at the New Hampshire Speedway next weekend, aside from which his car requires significant attention before being competition-ready again.


For the moment, doctors are advising a period of good rest, after which Marcus will focus on returning to full physical fitness with appropriate training at home in Finland.


On his departure from hospital, Marcus said, “I was extremely frustrated to not be able to contest the X Games, more so because I believed my preparations were excellent. As Sébastien had come to race, I was extra hungry to perform – of course – and I went into the event with a really positive feeling, so yes, it was very annoying that it ended the way it did, but perhaps Sébastien will consider a rematch some day!”


The Finn continued by thanking those who not only helped him but also kept him in their thoughts. “My first thanks must of course go to the emergency teams and all the staff at the California Hospital. It is not until you need this kind of skill and care that you realize how brilliant the medical profession is, and I cannot praise them highly enough for fixing me up.”


He continued, “And then I must say a heartfelt thanks to all the messages of support and goodwill that have in such numbers been truly unexpected, from close friends and family of course, but also from fans around the world. This kind of support has been amazing and has inspired my recovery, so I must extend to everyone my sincere thanks and gratitude. My family has been amazing. My children and my son-in-law were here in LA with me and haven’t left my side since the accident, and my wife has travelled out from Finland to be with me. I could not have asked any more from any of them, including Andréas (Eriksson) and his family.”


Considering his future plans, Marcus said, “Of course discussion of the next race has been going on for sure, but it’s one step at a time for the moment. The first step is to get home and get fully fit, then I’ll go from there.”



Los Angeles, CA, Monday July 2, 2012, 1400hrs PDT local/2300hrs CET. After two days of medical attention and rest, Marcus Grönholm is making good progress in hospital following his accident sustained during the X Games GRC seeding round on Saturday in Los Angeles.


Marcus is alert and talking and his doctors have confirmed that the early start to his recovery after his admittance to hospital on Saturday has continued with another positive update on his condition earlier this morning.


Following the accident, Marcus was for a period unconscious and accordingly one area of medical focus has been to monitor for any repercussions from this injury. Other precautionary checks including a full body scan and related tests confirm that Marcus has full limb mobility, but a bone compression which requires treatment. Consistent with this type of accident, Marcus sustained a number of other injuries that have also improved since his admittance. Accordingly, Marcus will remain in hospital under medical supervision to continue his recuperation.



Los Angeles, CA, Sunday July 1, 2012, 1100hrs PDT local/2000hrs CET. Rallycross driver Marcus Grönholm sustained an accident during the X Games GRC seeding round yesterday in Los Angeles.


Marcus was taken to hospital in Los Angeles for assessment of his injuries. Attending doctors are pleased that Marcus is conscious, alert and talking and has full limb mobility. Following his initial assessment, doctors confirmed this morning that his condition has improved overnight following a night’s sleep and rest.


Marcus will remain in hospital for ongoing observation and further tests and is benefiting from the best acute medical care.
Further updates on Marcus’ condition will follow and in the meantime, the team wishes to thank everyone for their concern and best wishes.


Photo: 2-times Rally World Champion Marcus Grönholm (right) pictured together with 8-times WRC winner Sébastien Loeb (left) and 14-times ERC winner Kenneth Hansen in LA. © QBA/ERC24