In Wednesday’s downhill training run, Mirjam Puchner suffered a tibia and fibula break in her right leg after falling off a jump early in the course. The Austrian is ranked 20th in the downhill standings this season with her best result coming in Lake Louise, where she earned sixth place. Her lone career World Cup podium was earned last season at World Cup Finals in St. Moritz in the downhill. This is the first major injury of her career.
On the same day, there were several injuries in the men’s super-G race. American Thomas Biesemeyer also crashed and dislocated his left shoulder. Adam Zampa of Slovakia suffered contusions in his heel bone and pelvis. Max Ullrich of Croatian had similar injuries, suffering contusions in his pelvis and shoulder.
Olivier Jenot of Monaco, who ran bib 47, got twisted off a jump and came crashing down on his back. He was transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Chur. He was diagnosed with internal bleeding and underwent a successful surgery. He is in the intensive care unit, and his status is stable.
Earlier in the week, Kazakhstan athlete Martin Khuber suffered a spinal fracture in the men’s downhill training run and underwent surgery to stabilize his second and third cervical vertebrae, and is now in stable condition.
World Championship action continues with men’s and women’s downhill training runs on Feb. 9.