Norway's Alexander Aamodt Kilde suffered shoulder and leg injuries in an accident near the downhill finish line at the World Cup in Wengen, Switzerland, on Saturday, ending his season.
The Norwegian Ski Federation said Kilde dislocated her shoulder and suffered cuts to her calf and underwent surgery in Bern late Saturday.
“There are no broken bones, but there are bruises. According to team doctor Marc Jacob Strauss, Kilde is recovering well in a hospital in Bern,” the federation said in a statement.
Kilde's social media posts On Sunday morning, he was seen recovering in bed with his partner Mikaela Shiffrin visiting.
“I'm here (and being cared for by the one and only @mikaelashiffrin❤️🩹)…recovered…thank you so much for all the messages,” it read. “Thank you for all the words of love and support. This sport can be cruel, but I still love it.”
Kilde, the world's top downhiller for the past two seasons, dropped within sight of the goal line, slid into the safety net, bounced off the net and skated further to reach the goal line. He got up as support staff came to help him.
A small cord was tied around his right leg, and within minutes a helicopter flew overhead and whisked him away from the venue.
In alpine skiing, helicopters are often used to transport injured athletes to nearby hospitals for further treatment.
The race was stopped for about 30 minutes. Swiss world champion Marco Odermatt, who raced before Kilde, ultimately won.
Kilde won eight times last season, won silver medals in downhill and super-G at the world championships last February, and has finished on the podium six times at this season's World Cup.
According to the International Ski Federation, Kilde dealt with the flu this week.
Kilde's fall came a day after Frenchman Alexis Pinturault crashed in Wengen's super-G and was later diagnosed with a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear and was airlifted from the track. Pinturault succeeded Kilde as the overall 2021 World Cup winner.
Wengen held three consecutive days of speed races, starting with Thursday's downhill and added in place of the alternate venue race that was canceled earlier this season.
Following the Pinturault and Kilde accidents, International Ski Federation men's race director Markus Waldner said that running three consecutive speed races should be avoided in the future. According to Swiss broadcaster SRF.