Vail Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin hospitalized after crash on 2026 Olympic course in Italy

By Jim Lawson on January 26, 2024
Vail Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin hospitalized after crash on 2026 Olympic course in Italy
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Vail Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin hospitalized after crash on 2026 Olympic course in Italy.

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy —Mikaela Shiffrin, the renowned American skier hailing from Vail, Colorado, unfortunately collided with the safety nets after losing control during a jump in the World Cup downhill event held on the course designated for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. As a precautionary measure, she is currently undergoing evaluation for a potential injury to her left leg. Despite her impressive track record of 95 World Cup victories, Shiffrin had to be assisted off the course, with her left boot raised above the snow. “Mikaela Shiffrin was taken by ambulance to the clinic in Cortina and is being evaluated for a left leg injury. Initial analysis shows the ACL and PCL seem intact. Further details to come,” Shiffrin’s team said in a statement.

Shiffrin added on social media: “Thank you all for your support.”

Shiffrin’s arms were wildly waving as she touched down on a section of powdery snow on the higher segment of the Olympia delle Tofane course, right before the tight schuss – a narrow passage flanked by two rock walls, which serves as the defining element of the premier women’s race of the year. Subsequently, she forcefully collided with the safety net, swiftly bouncing back onto the snowy terrain. Medical professionals promptly attended to Shiffrin, providing immediate assistance, and eventually, she managed to rise and gingerly depart for further medical attention.

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