As of: February 10, 2024, 6:07 p.m
By: Korbinian Kothny
Liam Wallace falls badly in the run-up to the World Cup in Bansko.
Only the quick intervention of a doctor prevented anything worse from happening.
Bansko – The Ski World Cup and its falls.
Rarely have there been as many dramas as this winter.
Even before the World Cup races in Bansko at the weekend, the sad chapter has one more bad incident - and this time a ski ace almost paid for his fall with his life.
Austrian team doctor will probably be a lifesaver
In the run-up to the giant slalom on Saturday, Canadian Liam Wallace reportedly fell heavily on Friday.
The Austrian media
report this unanimously.
The 24-year-old was no longer able to hold on to the approach runway and is said to have suffered internal bleeding and several broken ribs when he fell.
Wallace was probably lucky in misfortune.
A doctor from the Austrian Ski Association is said to have heard about the fall over the radio and immediately made his way to Wallace because he was in the immediate vicinity.
Liam Wallace crashed heavily in Bansko.
© IMAGO/Mattia Radoni/IPA Sport / ipa-ag
Wallace's condition is believed to be stable
According to reports, when the Canadian was given initial care, the doctor also punctured the skier's lung.
Because of the internal bleeding, it probably saved his life.
Wallace was then taken to hospital in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.
His condition is said to be stable - thanks in part to the doctor.
The Canadian technology specialist has so far competed in 27 World Cup races.
However, Wallace was never able to qualify for the second run.
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The Canadian's incident is a continuation of the bad falls this World Cup winter.
Superstar Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, for example, was confined to a wheelchair for weeks after his crash in Wengen.
The Norwegian's girlfriend, Mikaela Shiffrin, also has to sit out after a fall and is in danger of losing the lead in the overall World Cup.