Friday’s downhill in Garmisch was interrupted several times after crashes, most notably after an accident involving Josef Ferstl.

The German ski federation said Ferstl sustained season-ending injuries to a hip muscle and his ankle in a frightening crash after he lost control over his right ski while approaching a jump. Going more than 100 kph (62 mph), Ferstl was airborne with his skis up in the air and landed sideways on the slope before sliding into the safety nets.

A super-G was initially scheduled for Friday, followed by the downhill the next day, but organizers swapped the program to avoid possible damage to the course before the downhill.


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