SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Swiss skier Marc Gisin was hospitalized Saturday following a nasty crash in a World Cup downhill.
The 30-year-old Gisin lost control before a jump midway down the Saslong course on Saturday, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back.
He was lying motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance.
A rescue helicopter landed on the snow and took off for the hospital in nearby Bolzano with Gisin onboard after he had received treatment for almost a half-hour.
“His condition is stable enough that he can be flown back to Switzerland tonight for further diagnoses,” the Swiss ski team said in a statement. “The exact diagnoses of his injuries we expect Sunday afternoon.”
Gisin’s sisters are both highly successful skiers.
Dominique Gisin shared downhill gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Michelle Gisin won the combined at the PyeongChang Games in February.
Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won Saturday’s race by .86 of a second over Austrian Max Franz and .92 over Swiss Beat Feuz. Bryce Bennett, Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong were fourth, fifth and sixth in the best World Cup downhill day for the U.S. in nearly two years.
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