Adelboden, Switzerland-American skier Tommy Ford was airlifted to the hospital after crashing into the World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.
After driving toward the heavy snow on the side of the track, Ford crashed three gates from the finish line. His snowboard hit him and he fell, first sliding down the hill on his neck and left shoulder.
The American Ski Team later stated that Ford’s “head and neck injuries are minor and can be resolved well. His knee injury is undergoing further evaluation.”
Ford knocked down a roadside worker before stopping near the safety net near the terminal. At first, he quickly lay quietly on the snow, although he was conscious, and talked with medical staff.
Twenty minutes later, a helicopter landed on the runway to airlift the 31
Ford won one giant slalom event in 12 seasons on the World Cup track and won two other podiums. After finishing in the top ten in the past four races, he wore the No. 4 bib as the number one racer on Saturday.
Ford’s next scheduled giant slalom race will take place in six weeks at the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on February 19.