Sport Skier falls three storeys in horror crash

05:50  22 february  2018
05:50  22 february  2018 Source:   Wide World of Sports

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  Skier falls three storeys in horror crash

Candian skier Chris Del Bosco was hospitalised with a suspected broken pelvis after suffering a terrifying fall during his ski cross heat at the Winter Olympics.

The three-time Olympian mistimed his jump at Phoenix Snow Park and was launched the equivalent of three storeys into the air before he flipped around and landed hard on his side.

Medics quickly rushed to his aid as he lay motionless on the ground and he was treated on the scene for several minutes before being stretchered down the mountain.

Team Canada later released a tweet saying the 35-year-old had been taken to hospital for further examination, but there were later reports he broken his pelvis.

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A reporter from Colorado’s The Denver Post tweeted that Del Bosco had been “advocating for course changes in training so skiers didn’t send too deep off the jumps.”

Canadian ski cross coach Stanley Hayer, told The Denver Post Del Bosco might have been off balance heading into a steep jump racers called the quarterpipe.

"He got a little antsy, I think," Hayer said.

"He wasn’t in a very good position when he hit that. He was probably butt-on-bindings and that’s why it shot him straight up.

"I think he could have won the aerials today."

Del Bosco was one of three skiers who had to be removed from the course by medics during the heats as carnage reigned on the mountain.

Fellow Canadian Brady Leman eventually claimed the gold medal, beating Marc Bischofberger of Switzerland in a wild final.

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Leman took the lead early during the final round and then held off Bischofberger in a two-man duel with Canada's Kevin Drury and Russian athlete Sergey Ridzik colliding.

Ridzik picked himself up and raced down for bronze well behind. Russian athletes are still without a gold medal as the Pyeongchang Games enter their final days.

The ski cross event calls for side-by-side racing over bumps, jumps and dips down the mountain at speeds over 70km/h.


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