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World Cup overall champ Aksel Lund Svindal out for months

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- World Cup overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway will be out for months following a crash that left him with broken facial bones and a deep wound in his buttocks and groin.



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Doesn't sound good... best wishes.

-Z
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I'm really sorry to hear about this. Svindal was skiing so well, and he seems like a really nice guy too (I've always been a big fan of the Norwegians). Let's hope he comes back strong, whenever that is. In the meantime, you have to think this changes the mindset of someone like Bode Miller or Didier Cuche, who may have had it in the back of their minds that the Cup was just going to be a battle between Raich and Svindal. With Raich off to a so-so start, it looks pretty wide-open now. Any other candidates for the all-around?
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All of our thoughts and prayers are with Aksel.
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Seems to be the time of the year for freak accidents. Emily Brydon
had her ski tear apart soon after landing a jump on the 2.8-kilometre men's Olympic downhill course. She was thrown face first into the rock-hard course, leaving her with a chin that looked like it had been scraped by sandpaper and a nose that oozed blood. But her sense of humour survived unscathed.
"Maybe I need a bigger rack to cushion the fall," Brydon said with a laugh.
Brydon's ski was split in half from the tip right down to the bindings. It looked like a banana that had been peeled.
"I've never seen that before," she said. "I was in the compression and all of a sudden I had no ski and I went face first, thus the rosy chin.
"Usually when you fall the skis hit in weird ways and (breaks). I think it's one of those things that is a freak thing."
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My heart sank when the first thing I saw was the picture on the wcsn site of Svindal's bloodied face with the oxygen mask on and eyes closed. I was relieved to learn it wasn't life or career threatening, but it is a real bummer on so many levels. That was quite a wipeout and the fact that he didn't break anything else is quite amazing. I hope for a speedy recovery
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backseat

It gets worse:

U.S. Team doctor Bill Sterett — who as part of the host delegation closely monitored Svindal's condition — told Austrian news agency APA on Thursday that the 15-centimeter (six-inch) laceration caused by his ski ''went up near his rectum, his large intestine,'' requiring surgery.
''This is how deep the ski laceration was,'' Sterett said.
Sterett believes Svindal will need further surgery in three months.
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Norwegian papers do not mention anything about requiring further surgery. But it may still be the case. In an e-mail from my cousin who is the Norwegian Ski Team Doctor and who is with Aksel, he let me know that he is concerned for Aksel's season. The cut was so deep that it will take a long time to heal and it may be months before he can subject his body to the stress and risks of skiing. It does not help that you are in physical top shape and a really tough guy like Aksel.
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Eurosport is now reporting that Svindal is done for the season. Let's hope he can get back to where he was and make another run at it next year. Hate to see someone go out like that.
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Eurosport is now reporting that Svindal is done for the season. Let's hope he can get back to where he was and make another run at it next year. Hate to see someone go out like that.
Thats of no surprise....fileted gluteus maximus, ripped anus, and a broken up face...you can be tough but not superhuman.

Not while skiing, but I have broken my eye orbital once, and nose three times.....there is no way you can do strenuous exercise for quite a while with those injuries (or similar), not unless you dont mind internal bleeding, swelling and pain like someone is shoving knives into your skull. HHe wouldnt even be able to put on goggles. And has lacerations would split right open with the first tuck, if he could even get into a tuck at this point.
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Full Face Helmets

There is really no reason not to wear full-face helmets. It would have saved Svindal alot of pain and rehab/recoup time.
The new carbon fiber helmets are so light and aerodynamics are not compromised in fact they have tested better.
I suspect more will begin to use them again.
Worked for Pirmin Zurbriggen...:
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There is really no reason not to wear full-face helmets. It would have saved Svindal alot of pain and rehab/recoup time.
The new carbon fiber helmets are so light and aerodynamics are not compromised in fact they have tested better.
I suspect more will begin to use them again.
Worked for Pirmin Zurbriggen...:
Well havent you heard? In some altered third dimension they are banned and God forbid if you fall while wearing one your head will rip clean off from your neck...its true ask the people here on Epic......a word of advice though, just dont ask them for any type of proof of this; no tests, written rules, photos, statistics, studies, experiences or even if they know anyone who even got so much as whiplash from wearing a full face while skiing. :
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Full-Face

Oh, I'm aware that they are not legal. I race DH/SG and use a UVEX WingX Ultra with no face mask, and I do really like the helmet. I still have my older version of the UVEX with face guard. I have always felt full face was a better decision and I will free ski/train with a GIRO Remedy (without the visor) this year. I have never been convinced that the helmets available were the best they could be, nor that disallowing a face guard was the correct decision. I feel much more confident and comfortable in a Full-Face helmet. To see the biggest star on the WC go out for the season with some of the injuries perhaps preventable is a shame. I have NO DATA to back up my statements. My experience in some of the crashes I have taken makes me feel that the FullFace saved my teeth and face from some potentially ugly results. I don't feel that in a crash on a race course having the chin guard hook up is as likely as hitting the fence/poles or gates with your face. I think if the FIS allowed them, less than half of the field would use them, but I do think it should be theracers choice!
Now about back protection.....:
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Originally Posted by belmont81 View Post
Oh, I'm aware that they are not legal. I race DH/SG and use a UVEX WingX Ultra with no face mask, and I do really like the helmet. I still have my older version of the UVEX with face guard. I have always felt full face was a better decision and I will free ski/train with a GIRO Remedy (without the visor) this year. I have never been convinced that the helmets available were the best they could be, nor that disallowing a face guard was the correct decision. I feel much more confident and comfortable in a Full-Face helmet. To see the biggest star on the WC go out for the season with some of the injuries perhaps preventable is a shame. I have NO DATA to back up my statements. My experience in some of the crashes I have taken makes me feel that the FullFace saved my teeth and face from some potentially ugly results. I don't feel that in a crash on a race course having the chin guard hook up is as likely as hitting the fence/poles or gates with your face. I think if the FIS allowed them, less than half of the field would use them, but I do think it should be theracers choice!
Now about back protection.....:
Do me a favor, challenge the rules next time you race, ask them to show you where in the equipment specifications it clearly states that you cannot use a full face helmet. I did via email, to both the the FIS and USSA, no one could show me the rule.
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I would imagine the deep laceration's proximity to his intestines and anus and the subsequent danger of infection are the major reason his injuries are so serious. On the other hand, how did he bang his face up so bad when he landed on his back? Must have been from hitting the netting/B netting afterwards. Speedy recovery Aksel, you're a class act.

As for full-face helmets, I have no idea why they were banned, but some racers don't like to wear them because they can get in the way while in a tuck.
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Pretty frightening cut on the backside. I heard of a skier slicing his nuts off once. I saw him in the tobaggan but never got confirmation if that really happened.
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I would imagine the deep laceration's proximity to his intestines and anus and the subsequent danger of infection are the major reason his injuries are so serious. On the other hand, how did he bang his face up so bad when he landed on his back? Must have been from hitting the netting/B netting afterwards. Speedy recovery Aksel, you're a class act.

As for full-face helmets, I have no idea why they were banned, but some racers don't like to wear them because they can get in the way while in a tuck.
Apparently his knees hit his face.

Reduced field of vision...now that is a real possibility with a full face.
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