Mikaela Shiffrin was taken to hospital in terrifying World Cup crash scene

Mikaela Shiffrin was taken to hospital in terrifying World Cup crash scene

Paramedics helped ski star Mikaela Shiffrin off the track after a scary World Cup accident in Italy on Friday.

The Olympic was one of several competitors who crashed on the Olympia delle Tufane after losing control while jumping.

Her arms flapped as she landed in a soft patch of snow before crashing into the side netting at high speed.

Shiffrin was helped after paramedics treated her, but they were unable to bear her weight on her left leg.

A helicopter was seen ascending the mountain after Shiffrin crashed, but it was not clear if Shiffrin was airlifted away. According to the Associated Press.

The race – which was won by Austrian Stephanie Fenner – was postponed for more than 20 minutes as the 28-year-old was taken to the hospital for further care.

“Mikaela Shiffrin was transported by ambulance to the clinic in Cortina and is being evaluated for her injury to her left leg,” the American team said, adding that “preliminary analysis shows that the anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament appear to be intact.”

Mikaela Shiffrin lost her balance after jumping and crashed into the side netting. Eurosport
Paramedics rushed to Shiffrin as the race was delayed by more than 20 minutes. Eurosport

There was no immediate update available, although she appeared to be in good spirits after seeing the US team’s results with Jacqueline Wells, Lauren Macuga and Isabella Wright all finishing in the top 20.

“Thank you all for your support,” Shiffrin wrote on X. “But omg… looking at our team’s results makes me smile so much!!”

Her crash came a day after she admitted there were “scary” moments on the track for her second race of the season.

“So happy to be back at @cortinaSkiWcup because I love it here.” I wrote on X“Although yesterday was a bit of a shock to the system going back to DH skis, and I had a few ‘scary’ moments on the course (probably didn’t look as scary as I felt when I was running, because I’m a disaster, huh who’s with me?!).” Looking forward Off to cleaning it up tomorrow for the first race tomorrow!

The 28-year-old was unable to put her weight on her left leg as she was helped off the track. Eurosport
Mikaela Shiffrin will likely be evacuated by helicopter from the United States after she crashed while alpine skiing, a women’s World Cup downhill race. AP

The 95-time winner was not the only skier to suffer on the Italian track scheduled to be used at the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

Former all-around champion Federica Brignone, Olympic champion Corinne Sutter, and two-time Olympic champion Michele Gissen also crashed and appeared to avoid serious injury.

Austrian Stephanie Wiener won the race held in the Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo with a time of 1:33.06, finishing 0.39 ahead of Swiss Laura Gut-Bahrami.

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