Skiing fans have admitted to having their “stomachs turned” after an horrific accident involving Kajsa Vickhoff Lie in the super-G in Val di Fassa which left the Norwegian screaming in obvious pain with a suspected broken leg.
The 22-year-old lost control as she descended the Italian slopes Sunday after hitting an edge at high speed which caused her to plummet backwards and collide with the safety net.
Replays of the incident appeared to show Vickhoff Lie’s left leg twist at an awkward angle and when she finally came to rest, her anguished cries of pain could be clearly heard on the television broadcast.
Reports from the scene have since suggested that she suffered a broken leg in the crash as well as injuries to at least one of her knees.
She was subsequently airlifted to hospital for treatment for her serious injuries.
Parent of a budding ski racer, I’ve watched 100s of races and plenty of crashes too. But Kajsa Vickhoff Lie in the Women’s Super G crash just now, has turned my stomach. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch Allegra at this l level. I hope she recovers soon https://t.co/WJSCHwwkCz
— Adele Turton (@adeleturton) February 28, 2021
Thinking this evening of Kajsa Vickhoff Lie and Rosina Schneeberger who crashed heavily and painfully in today’s SuperG at Val di Fassa in Italy, and had to be helicoptered off the slope. Best wishes to both.
— Bob Constanduros (@BobConstanduros) February 28, 2021
The race was delayed for a period of 30 minutes to allow for Vickhoff Lie to receive treatment on the slopes, as well as to facilitate her airlift.
Incredibly, a second medical airlift was required soon after the event resumed after Austria’s Rosina Schneeberger when, while at the top of her run, she connected with a control gate before crashing and, just as Vickhoff Lie did a short time earlier, coming to a stop entangled in security netting.
She was stretchered away from the slopes and transported to hospital for treatment.