KITZBÜHEL, Austria – In a race marred by crashes, American Ryan Cochran-Siegle was perhaps one of the lucky ones, escaping serious injury after a frightening crash on the fallaway below Hausberg.
Cochran-Siegle lost balance when he leaned back while landing a jump near the end of his run, slid off course and cut his way through the first row of safety nets.
The American sat up right away, took his helmet off and touched his shoulder, but seemed unhurt otherwise. He was also transported off the hill by helicopter.
The U.S. ski team said the use of the helicopter was “standard protocol” and that Cochran-Siegle was “up and walking around and he is OK.”
The ski team later updated its statement, saying: “Ryan Cochran-Siegle crashed in Friday’s downhill, sustaining a minor cervical spine (neck) fracture. He is otherwise OK, thankfully. He is in good spirits, and is at the team hotel, but will sit the remainder of the weekend out. His return to competition is TBD.”
Cochran-Siegle, who won his first World Cup race in Italy in December and posted the fastest time in training on the Streif on Wednesday, led Feuz by up to 0.15 seconds at the first three splits but was eight-tenths off the lead just before the crash.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.