SOELDEN, Austria – The 2015 overall Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champion and winner of last year’s season opening giant slalom race, Anna Fenninger of Austria, was transported via helicopter to be evaluated at a hospital following a crash during training in the “Ice Box” at Soelden, Austria, on Wednesday morning.

According to eyewitness accounts, Fenninger was training giant slalom in preparation for Saturday’s opening race of the season at Soelden when she fell just after 9 a.m. local time and then clutched her left knee in visible pain. She had to be removed from the slope by sled and was taken to the finish area on the Rettenbach glacier where she was loaded into a helicopter that was reportedly headed for Innsbruck.


Fenninger missed two weeks of ski training due to patellar tendon pain in her knee at the start of the month and had only just returned to skiing late last week.

An update on Fenninger’s status following this accident is available here.