Dec. 16 (UPI) — Swiss skier Marc Gisin, a competitor in the 2018 Winter Olympics, was airlifted to a hospital after a high-speed crash during the men’s World Cup downhill race at Val Gardena in Italy on Saturday.
Gisin, 30, lost control just before the notorious “camel hump” and was thrown into the air before sliding on the surface on his back and side, CNN reported.
His sister, Michelle, told the media her brother had regained consciousness. Michelle won the combined gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year, and sister Dominique took downhill gold in Sochi four years earlier.
The Swiss ski team later said Gisin had recovered sufficiently to be flown home to Switzerland on Saturday night to undergo further diagnoses of his injuries. Gisin sustained a pelvic fracture and injuries to his head were found, Italian site Gazzetta dello Sport reported.
In 2015, Gisin crashed in the Super-G competition at Kitzbuhel in Austria, sustaining a head injury that ended his season.
Racing on Saturday was suspended for 30 minutes after the accident.
Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the race, his second World Cup victory in downhill.