Why does the FIS address ACL injuries and not head injuries? Think of Marco Sullivan, Hans Grugger, or Daniel Albrecht and their horrible crashes of the past couple of seasons. More could be done with course setting than ski design in preventing these types of injuries, or maybe even investigating helmet technology. I'd rather blow out my ACL than suffer a TBI. I'm sure most of you would agree. What about event safety in general? Why was there no immediate med-flight chopper for Mattias Lanzinger in Norway a couple of years ago? Why are we only talking about skis (a small part of the equation) when these more dangerous topics are there for all to see?
They actually do. They are developing sort of airbag with Dainese for last few years, but I guess we can all agree, developing something so new and never used before, might take a bit longer then week or two. Next to that... they already changed rules for WC races (I know there's lot of injures happening also on lower lever races, but lets be real... it's kinda hard to demand same level or security for lower end races as WC races has), and nowadays fully medical equipped helicopter is obligatory, just as well as trained trauma surgeon (preferably more then one) on spot. In days of Lanzinger, neither of these two things was case. Helicopters were there, but they could be regular choppers not medical ones. In Kvitfjell they lost a whole lot of time rearranging chopper to fit Lanzinger in. Next to that, there was no surgeon on spot (since it was not obligatory and neither recommended), but there was normal doctor, who didn't know what to do, and who didn't dare to do some risky stuff because he was scarred of legal consequences if something would go wrong.
And last thing... I don't remember all that well details of Sullivan fall, but both, Grugger and Albrecht were pure riders error. Albrecht fell on one of easiest Zielschuss jumps that there were in last 10 or 15 years. He came wrong out of compression, and instead of saving situation (similar to what Paerson did on Olympics), he kept pushing (even though it was training) and fall was result of this. Grugger came to Mausefalle with 10-15km/h higher speed then anyone else, and even that on wrong line. Compared to Albrecht, he really didn't have any other chance once he was there, so nothing could change outcome (except for maybe those airbags I was talking about on beginning, but unfortunately they are not here yet). But nevertheless, this was his mistake, and pretty much everyone were surprised about speed and how aggressive line he took for first training run on Streif.
And now really last thing... Marco Buchel wrote on his comment to Warner Nickerson blog exactly what I wrote here few weeks ago, when this topic was raised. I hope his words have more weight then mine, and even if he's not American, I guess we can all agree his expertise and experiences in WC are "a bit" bigger then the ones of Warner. ;) He also wrote, something I didn't want to mention, but since it's public now what the hell... Racers were invited to join tests, and more or less noone decided to join this. Now everyone are bitching how noone asks them about their opinion. And same guys bitching how FIS doesn't do anything for their safety, are now really loud against FIS doing something for their safety. So please decide what you really want.