BROOMFIELD, Colo. — They call her “The Pride of Broomfield,” 25-year-old pro cyclist Lauren De Crescenzo.
It has been her passion since she started a cycling team at Broomfield High School and she has since competed in hundreds of races around the world, including racing for the United States Team in Europe.
“She’s been involved in cycling since high school and she’s excelled at it every step of the way,” said her father, Guy De Crescenzo.
But she barely remembers any of it today.
“She knows she’s a cyclist,” De Crescenzo said. “I’m not sure she knows much about her cycling history right now. I’m not sure she knows everything she’s achieved.”
Lauren crashed April 2 in the final sprint of a 50-mile race in California. She suffered numerous injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. She was airlifted to a hospital in California and spent almost two weeks in ICU.
Her parents say initially she did not know who they were.
“She didn’t recognize me at first,” her mother, Michelle Hosking, said.
Earlier this week, Lauren was transferred by air ambulance to Colorado’s Craig Hospital and is making progress.
But her father said memory, including short-term memory, is an issue.
“She wouldn’t remember she had lunch if she had lunch 30 seconds ago,” he said. “That’s what we’re dealing with now.”
A teammate brought Lauren a T-shirt with her cycling nickname on it — Wolfpack. De Crescenzo said she once explained it to him “I am the wolfpack, I am a single wolfpack. Watch me roar.”
Dozens of family, friends and supporters make no Team Lauren now. They are hoping for a full recovery but are prepared to make the most of a new normal, whatever that might be.
The family said they have insurance but have no idea what long term expenses might come up. Friends have started a crowdfunding campaign.