After days of silence from the U.S. Ski Team, Sam DuPratt personally provided details about the injury he sustained in a training crash in Val Gardena last week. The U.S. Ski Team athlete indicated he has two broken legs.
A source close to Sam tells Ski Racing Media, after the crash, he was airlifted to Bolzano, underwent an eight-hour emergency surgery to repair four breaks in his left leg and three in his right leg, tib-fib in both cases. He has been approved for medevac back to the U.S., which has unfortunately been delayed until Wednesday.
“Good news and bad news. Good news first; modern medicine and science really did me a solid this weekend. Bad news; for lack of a better term I ‘tib fibbed’ both of my legs in a training run in Val Gardena. Luckily the doctor glued me back together and I am doing a okay. Thank you to all the kind messages that have been sent to me, they really helped me get through some tough days in a foreign hospital. My future is definitely up in the air at the moment, but that’s alright because I have a lot of great friends. I didn’t post the wreck because I don’t have the stomach for it, couple of X-rays if you’re into that sort of thing.”