Status: 02.12.2023, 13:49 PM
By: Luca Hartmann
During downhill training in Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Broderick Thompson crashed spectacularly and suffered serious injuries. Fortunately, the all-clear has now been given.
Beaver Creek – It was the big moment of shock in training for the World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek, USA: The Canadian Broderick Thompson was lifted almost three meters into the air on the course below the "Golden Eagle Jump". From there, Thompson crashed to the ground and smashed into the fences at high speed. The pictures didn't bode well.
|April 19, 1994 (age: 29 years) in Whistler (Canada)
|Downhill, Super G, Combined
|World Cup debut:
|November 29, 2014
Heavy crash of Broderick Thompson in Beaver Creek
The 29-year-old was treated immediately after his crash next to the legendary "Birds of Prey" track track and was finally taken by helicopter to the hospital in Denver in the US state of Colorado. Shortly afterwards, the Canadian Ski Federation announced that the speed specialist had suffered serious head injuries.
At the hospital, doctors suspected a life-threatening blood clot in Thompson's brain. The Canadian was therefore put into an artificial coma. The serious accident also left the officials in a state of shock. "Broderick's crash is one of the worst I've ever seen," said Austria head coach Marko Pfeifer.
Ski racer Broderick Thompson crashed heavily during downhill training in Beaver Creek. © IMAGO / USA TODAY Network
All-clear for Canadian downhill specialist
One day after the incident, the Canadian team gave the all-clear for Thompson's state of health. He is awake and in a stable condition. "He shows a steady improvement," the statement continues. However, it is still completely unclear when the Canadian will be able to return to the slopes.
While Thompson would have missed Friday's race anyway due to his injuries, the other downhill riders didn't get a chance either. Because the downhill had to be cancelled on Friday evening due to fresh snow the previous night. The first World Cup downhill on the Matterhorn two weeks ago had already been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
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Thompson was already on the podium in Beaver Creek
Thompson made his World Cup debut in 2014 and specializes in downhill and super-G. At the downhill in Beaver Creek in December 2021, of all places, he achieved his only podium finish to date with third place. At the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, he surprisingly finished eighth in the combined.
The Canadian wasn't the only one who was seriously injured during training. For one ski star, the season is already completely over after a training crash.