ITALY, Dec. 22, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — A drone crashed just seconds behind four-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher during his slalom race in Italy at the ski World Cup competition Tuesday.
Hirsher was skiing down the Madonna di Campiglio piste when the drone crashed just 18 inches behind him.
Hirscher finished 1.25 seconds behind Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen but was able to reclaim the overall World Cup lead.
As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, The International Ski Federation racing director Markus Waldner apologized for the incident, and ruled out the use of drones at Italian events in the future.
“The use of drones at great events in Austria and Switzerland is forbidden. But it is allowed in Italy,” he said.