The last World Cup downhill in Switzerland ended for the three-time Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch with a shock. The 29-year-old crashed heavily and had to be transported immediately by helicopter to the hospital.
Out of sheer pain the ski driver could not suppress loud screams after she lost control in a bend to the right and slid into the catch fence. As reported, among others, Spiegel Online, injured Hoefl-Riesch thereby probably in the upper arm and shoulder area. Your legs should be unharmed. "I have not seen the downfall of Mary, have only heard that it was a bad fall," said rival Anna Fenninger, who now performs the incident in the World Cup. In the descent to Hoefl-Riesch was however previously secure victory yet. Your place on the podium remained empty, however. After prolonged treatment spot the athlete had to be flown by helicopter for further care in a hospital.
Detailed information on the severity of the injury are not yet known.