Kildow crashes on course; taken to hospital |

Kildow crashes on course; taken to hospital

Shauna Farnell
AP photoIn this image released by the International Olympic Committee and the Torino Broadcasting Organisation shows United States Women's Downhill skier Lindsey Kildow lying in the snow after a fall during downhill practice in San Sicario Fraiteve, Italy Monday.

SAN SICARIO, Italy – Lindsey Kildow was airlifted to a hospital in Torino Monday after a bad crash on the Olympic downhill training course.

The 21-year-old who grew up racing for Ski Club Vail posted the second-fastest time in the first training run in San Sicario, Italy, on Sunday behind Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister.

Kildow was halfway down her training run on Monday when she lost balance over a jump, did the splits on the landing and fell hard on her back.

“From what I know, she was coming into a jump, caught an edge. Her skis split and she crashed over the jump,” said U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly, who added that Kildow is in stable condition at a trauma center in Torino. He said she is in better shape than what was initially thought when she was put on a gurney, taken off the mountain and airlifted by helicopter off of the race course.

Three other racers crashed in training on Monday, including Canadian Allison Forsyth, who was taken to the same hospital as Kildow and was diagnosed with a torn knee ligament that will prevent her from competing in the Olympics. While Kildow’s X-rays showed no signs of broken bones, officials are unsure how long she must stay in the hospital.

“The X-rays are normal,” said Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee medical director. “The decision now is how long she stays in the hospital. There’s also a question about whether she banged her head. She is complaining of back pain, but that’s normal. We will evaluate further and monitor her condition.”

Kildow has won two World Cup downhills this season and was one of America’s best chances for a medal on Wednesday. Kelly said it is uncertain if Kildow will be able to compete in Wednesday’s downhill event, for which racers must compete in the final training run on Tuesday to determine the start order for Wednesday’s race.

Support Local Journalism