Stricken Swiss skier Gisin 'stable' after spectacular downhill crash

Val Gardena (Italy) (AFP) –


Swiss skier Marc Gisin, hospitalised after a spectacular high-speed crash while competing in the men's World Cup downhill at Val Gardena in Italy on Saturday, is in a stable enough condition to return home for further tests, the Swiss Ski Federation confirmed.

The 30-year-old lost control of his skis and was thrown high in the air just before the feared 'camel hump' on the Saslong slope, sliding along the piste before landing heavily on his back.

The race was interrupted for half an hour as doctors treated an unconscious Gisin, who was transported by helicopter to hospital in Bolzano, 40km away from the ski resort in the Italian Dolomites.

"His condition is stable enough that he can be flown back to Switzerland tonight for further diagnoses," a statement from the Swiss ski team said. "We expect exact diagnoses of his injuries on Sunday afternoon."

Both Gisin's sisters are elite skiers.

Earlier his younger sister Michelle -- the Olympic combined gold medallist -- told Italian media her brother had regained consciousness and was in a stable condition.

It is reported the skier suffered a fractured pelvis, broken ribs and concussion.

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the men's downhill, a day after teammate Aksel Lund Svindal won the Super-G for the "Attacking Vikings".

Kilde set a winning time of 1min 56.13sec down the Saslong piste to finish 0.86 seconds ahead of Austria's Max Franz for his third World Cup career win, with Swiss racer Beat Feuz third at 0.92sec.

It was 26-year-old Kilde's second World Cup downhill win.

He finished third in the Super-G in Beaver Creek in the United States earlier this month.

Svindal finished down in seventh a day after winning the Super G, as the Norwegian -- wearing the number 18 bib -- competed just after Gisin's crash.

Austria's Franz, winner of the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada and the Super-G at Beaver Creek (Etats-Unis), overtakes Svindal at the top of the overall World Cup standings.

Franz also leads the World Cup downhill standings, equal on points with Feuz.