Austrian skier Scheiber to remain hospitalized
Austrian skier Mario Scheiber is recovering well from his spectacular crash during a World Cup downhill training run in the French Alps but will remain hospitalized at least one more night.
Scheiber broke his right shoulder blade and fractured his sinuses but escaped without serious head injuries after crashing on the Verte course in Chamonix on Thursday.
The Austrian team doctor Martin Gruber said Friday that Scheiber spent his first night at the Sallanches hospital "without any complication."
"I feel quite well. I am tired and exhausted but luckily I have no pain," said the 27-year-old Scheiber, who finished fourth in the World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel. "The most important thing is that I get healthy again and can do everything normally."
A decision on whether Scheiber can be brought back to Austria is expected to be taken on Saturday.
Canadian Ryan Semple also crashed during training Thursday and suffered an apparent knee injury.
A week after Austrian teammate Hans Grugger was seriously injured during a training run on the Streif course in Kitzbuehel, Scheiber lost control of his skis after a right turn and landed in the safety net after hitting the snow with his head.
The Austrian speed specialist lost consciousness for about three minutes and was airlifted to the hospital, where scans reveals he didn't suffer any serious head or leg injury.
Grugger needed emergency brain surgery after his near-fatal crash last week, and has been kept in an induced coma at a hospital in Innsbruck. Doctors began the process of waking him on Tuesday.