Urs Kryenbuehl suffered a concussion and a broken collarbone and knee ligament, while Ryan Cochran-Siegle suffered a « small fracture of the cervical spine » during the World Cup downhill on a Kitzbuehel course on Friday, which made French veteran Johan Clarey « angry ». with organizers.
The formidable American Cochran-Siegle and the Swiss racing driver Kryenbuehl both hit the deck in a wind and a fall that interrupted the race and lasted almost three hours and was canceled after the top 30 had finished. This left the remaining 25 racing drivers without a start.
Kryenbühl’s fall in the wild final jump was particularly terrible. The 26-year-old overtook when he hit the jump that propelled the racing drivers 80 meters into the air, thus completing the most strenuous race on the World Cup track on the 3.3 km Streif track in a spectacular way.Kryenbuehl lost control at a speed of 146 km / h. As he landed, one of his skis snapped as his head bounced off the compacted snow. His crumpled body slid across the finish line in a messy heap.
« The athlete suffered a concussion, a fracture of the right collarbone and a rupture of the cruciate and medial ligament in his right knee, » wrote the Swiss ski team on their Facebook page . « We wish you a speedy recovery and we think of you, dear Urs! »
Kryenbuehl adds his name to a long list of drivers who crashed on the same spot, including American Scott Macartney in 2008 and Swiss Daniel Albrecht in 2009 and the Austrian Hans Grugger two years later.
Swiss skier Beat Feuz, who won the race on Friday ahead of Austrian Matthias Mayer and Italian Dominik Paris, said that Kryenbühl’s fall had « terrible memories of Daniel Albrecht brought back « .
Cochran-Siegle badly negotiated a traverse, catapulted a bump and shot spectacularly into the safety net.
He was quick on his feet, but the organizers flew him off course after he himself complained of numbness in one arm.
The US ski team posted several tweets to emphasize that Cochran-Siegle’s injury, a broken vertebra in the neck, “g « Unfortunately, Ryan Cochran-Siegle crashed on Friday downhill and suffered a small cervical fracture, » said a tweet. « Luckily he’s otherwise fine. He’s currently resting at the team hotel, but will skip the rest of the weekend. »
Clarey himself crashed in training on Thursday, but he wiped his catsuit off for an impressive fourth place to prove.
« I’m mad at the organizers and the FIS (International Ski Federation), » said Clarey, the oldest statesman among elite racers at 40.
« It’s been two days since that we asked to shave the last bump that was too long.
At the limit: Beat Feuz blew up when he won in Kitzbühel / ©
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Clarey added, « We are asking them to shave it and in the morning it was not lowered. I blame them for that.
The falls have made clear the mystery to ski racers: that up Balancing risk management required on a course like the Streif with the aggression required to tackle the runway at the limits of what the top competitors can push themselves to.
« This jump was easy to correct , but apparently it was not carried out, « said Feuz, who finally won in Kitzbühel after finishing second four times in the World Cup downhill and once in a combination.
» There has to be one last jump to the finish, it is Kitzbühel, but maybe not for that long … It has to be revised from the first practice session. «
» Tomorrow I hope for a race without accidents, « said Feuz. » It is forecast for snow overnight, so they will Conditions will be different. «