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BAD wreck for Regine Cavagnoud of France

post #1 of 13
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Super-G champion suffers serious skull injuries in training accident
By Associated Press, 10/29/2001 11:29
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) Super-G World Cup champion Regine Cavagnoud of France was seriously injured Monday when she crashed at full speed into a coach on a glacier where World Cup skiers were training.

Both Cavagnoud and the coach, identified as Markus Anwander of Germany, suffered serious skull injuries. They were rushed by helicopter from the Pitztaler glacier to the university hospital in Innsbruck, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Cavagnoud had a brief cardiac arrest after the accident but she was revived by her coach, said Phillipe Auer, race manager for her ski sponsor, Salomon's. Cavagnoud also had broken ribs, a bruised liver, bruised lungs, a broken arm and a concussion, he said.

Hans Pum, who heads the alpine division of the Austrian Ski Federation, said Cavagnoud crashed headfirst into Anwander as he crossed her path. Anwander reportedly had a broken jaw and other head injuries.

Several national ski teams are training on Austrian glaciers at the start of the World Cup racing season.

Cavagnoud, a veteran of the French national team, did not win a World Cup race until her 10th year of competition, when she won a downhill in January 1999 at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

She is the defending World Cup champion in the Super-G and was third last season in the overall cup standings. A strong overall skier, she has been competitive in downhill, Super-G and giant slalom, and finished third in Saturday's season-opening giant slalom.
post #2 of 13
Damn. Terrible.
Someone screwed up--how does stuff like this keep happening? Several years ago a coach wandered into the path of Svetlana Gladisheva (or another Russian DHer) and caused a few broken legs. Course workers not doing their jobs or just general idiocy?
post #3 of 13
Agreed! Happens way too often! Too many radio channels and volunteers. But look at the kids today shadowing and speed slipping! What happened to inspection through ascent? Not a chance today! I am not suggesting this at the WC...just better control of the corridors.
post #4 of 13
Sounds like they need a system of visible lights all along the courses. Red if a racer is on course.........
post #5 of 13
Philth, actually I believe the russian gal's name was Tatjana Lebedeva and her ankle injury ended her career.
Monday's accident also has severely injured Markus Anwander one of the German Coaches. It appears that there was a problem with radio frequencies. A lot goes on at training, and sometime the human element causes these tragic errors. Hope that both of them will pull through. Unfortunately, the WC has lost another great skier for now.
post #6 of 13
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Philth:
Several years ago a coach wandered into the path of Svetlana Gladisheva (or another Russian DHer) and caused a few broken legs. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

A few broken legs?
How many legs does she have?
post #7 of 13
See, she hit a coach. Together they have more than a few legs, Da?
post #8 of 13
ahhhh
post #9 of 13
Saw a report today (Tues) that tests on Regine Cacanoud shows brain damage. She is still fighting for her life in a hospital in Innsbruck. Very sad situation.
post #10 of 13
She didn't pull through. Sad day in teh skiing world.
http://www.usatoday.com/olympics/sal...-cavagnoud.htm
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Extremely sad. I just read it inSnow Trade News
post #12 of 13
It is becoming a long sad list. If this continues at the WC level how do we convince parents of their heir's saftey at speed camps at the junior level.
The media has already picked up on this tragedy, and once again we suffer the "car crash" syndrome, stigmatizing the sport as dangerous and foolhardy!
post #13 of 13
This one is very sad indeed because it was so preventable. Even if the German coaching staff was not on the same radio frequency as the French team, the Germans easily could have had some spotters along the course with radios to their team. I hope they make some improvements in the systems after this. It should never happen again.
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