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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