Swiss skier escapes serious injury to skull, spine in downhill crash
Marc Gisin suffered fractured ribs, spine, dented pelvis, lung injury on Val Gardena track
The Swiss team says that "scans on the skull showed no serious injury" to Marc Gisin following his dramatic crash in a World Cup downhill on Saturday, but the skier does have several broken bones elsewhere on his body.
Gisin will remain hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Lucerne Canton Hospital in Switzerland.
The 30-year-old Gisin lost control before a jump midway down, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back, right in the middle of the Saslong course's famous camel bumps. He was then bumped into the air again and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact.
Watch Saturday's dramatic ski crash in Val Gardena:
He was lying motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance.
Suffered concussion in 2015 crash
A rescue helicopter landed on the snow and took off for the hospital in nearby Bolzano with Gisin onboard after he had received treatment for almost a half-hour. Gisin was then airlifted to Lucerne later Saturday evening.
Gisin already had a concussion following a crash in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in 2015.
His best career results are two fifth-place finishes in the Kitzbuehel downhill last season and in 2016.
Gisin's sisters are both highly successful skiers.
Dominique Gisin won gold in downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Michelle Gisin won combined at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.