Mar 14, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
Lais Souza is learning to use an electric wheelchair, more than six weeks after she was paralyzed in a skiing accident before she hoped to compete in the Sochi Olympics as an aerialist.
The Brazilian, a two-time Olympic gymnast, completed her first week of rehabilitation in Miami, according to the Brazil Olympic Committee.
Souza said she’s feeling better, is ready to face what lies ahead and thanked her supporters in a statement.
Souza hit a tree skiing in Utah on Jan. 27, suffering a spine injury and being left unable to move her arms and legs.
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