It’s unbelievable that this fall ended so lightly!
During the women’s downhill training at the World Ski Championships in Courchevel/Méribel (France, February 6 to 19), US ski star Isabella Wright (25) caused a moment of shock on Tuesday.
After around 40 seconds on the demanding piste, the Super-G specialist lost control of her skis in a long right-hand bend, fell and flew into the safety fences.
Here Isabella Wright slipped into the safety fences at almost 80 things
Then shock seconds: Wright only stayed on the runway, hardly moving. Her teammates around US superstar Mikaela Shiffrin (27) also caught their breath in the finish area.
Only after a long, almost 20 seconds later did the first helpers arrive, who helped the American up next to the slope.
Then the all clear! The ski ace didn’t hurt himself badly in the violent fall from a flight and was even able to ski down the slope afterwards. Once in the finish area, Wright received emergency medical treatment and was taken to a hospital in Méribel as a precaution.
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In the afternoon, the US star reported from the hospital via Instagram and posted her two bandaged feet from the hospital bed in a story.
She wrote: “I’m going to call out my inner Hermann Maier and try to recover as much as I can for the rest of the week here in Méribel. Fingers crossed.”
In 1998, the Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier (50) fell in a similarly violent manner during the Olympic downhill run in Nagano (Japan).
“I’m not doing so well,” he said shortly after the fall, but a few days later the “Herminator” won double gold in Nagano, his only gold medals at Winter Games for the four-time overall World Cup winner.
The women’s downhill will take place in Méribel on Saturday (11 a.m.).