Albrecht awakens from induced coma

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht woke up from an induced coma, three weeks after crashing during a downhill training run.

Albrecht's condition has improved significantly over the past 24 hours, the Innsbruck University hospital said in a statement Thursday.

"His own breathing was so good, that doctors decided to remove the respiration tube," said the hospital, which will hold a news conference on Friday.

The 25-year-old Albrecht had been kept unconscious with brain and lung injuries following his World Cup downhill training crash on Jan. 22 in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Complications affecting his lungs delayed the wake-up procedure several times.

Albrecht, who won two World Cup races this season, was the 2007 super-combined world champion. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway became his successor Monday in Val d'Isere, France.