Ski Champ Stable But In Coma After Bad Crash

Ever since watching “Wide World of Sports” as a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by downhill skiing, even though I’m a lousy skier myself. I’m also a big auto racing fan, which tells you that I love speed. And despite what most racing fans will tell you, I’m like everyone else: I love seeing crashes. They are spectacular, mesmerizing and engrossing. Of course, you always want to see the skier or driver walk away, which is frequently the most amazing part of it all.

Medical personnel reach Daniel Albrecht

What you don’t want is a crash like the one that befell world champion skiier Daniel Albrecht three days ago while training for the downhill race in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The race is known as the Hahnenkahm and is the fastest and most dangerous course on the circuit. And Albrecht became its latest victim, suffering a horrific crash at the final jump. The CANADIAN PRESS reports that he remains in a coma in an Austrian hospital, but doctors said today that they are confident he will make a full recovery.

Video of Albrecht’s crash after the jump:

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