In this Thursday, June 15, 2017, photo, coaches and emergency responders carry bull rider Bradie Gray from the arena during the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Odessa College coach C.J. Aragon said Gray, from Australia, suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs after a bull threw him and stepped on his chest during competition Thursday night at the Casper Events Center. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

Injured Australian bull rider showing some improvement

June 19, 2017 - 6:48 pm

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An Australian bull rider who was severely injured after being stepped on by a bull during the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming has been showing signs of improvement.

On Monday, Bradie Gray gave a thumbs up sign to his parents.

However, Gray remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

A member of the Odessa College rodeo team, Gray was injured after being stepped on by a bull during Thursday's competition. He suffered broken ribs, a torn aorta and collapsed lungs.

Odessa coach C.J. Aragon tells the Casper Star-Tribune ( ) that the Hallsville, Australia, native is making small improvements.

A post on the team's Facebook page says Gray gave his parents a thumbs up sign and is trying to communicate by writing.

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