Gisin flown to hospital after crashing in World Cup downhill

A rescue helicopter leaves with on board Switzerland's Marc Gisin after he crashed on the course during a men's World Cup downhill, in Val Gardena, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. –The Associated Press

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Swiss skier Marc Gisin was hospitalized Saturday following a nasty crash in a World Cup downhill.

The 30-year-old Gisin lost control before a jump midway down the Saslong course on Saturday, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back. He was then bumped into the air again and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact.

He was lying motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance.

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.

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There were no immediate injury details.

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 Pyeongchang Games in February.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway won Saturday’s race.

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