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Wishing Daniel Albrecht A fast recovery

post #1 of 20
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Today at the Hahnenkamm training Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht was seriously hurt. Lets all wish him well and a fast recovery.

Photos can be seen at www.universalsports.com -

The crash was just like Scott Macartney at Kitz last year but notice on impact that his UVEX helmet did not do anything to dissipate the force like Scotty's POC did. Perhaps as we all (but Richie R!) suspected POC is taking the right road in its design, I cannot say enough about the value of the helmets.

Notes can be sent to Daniel via Facebook or his website at:

http://www.daniel-albrecht.ch
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pa...417dbc&r ef=s

post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by srd View Post
notice on impact that his UVEX helmet did not do anything to dissipate the force like Scotty's POC did. Perhaps as we all (but Richie R!) suspected POC is taking the right road in its design, I cannot say enough about the value of the helmets.
You should be ashamed of yourself.

I wish this skier a full and rapid recovery.
post #3 of 20
OMG - wow! Those appear to be both of his bindings sticking up off the skis.

Hope he's OK.
post #4 of 20
Heal well Daniel!
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
OMG - wow! Those appear to be both of his bindings sticking up off the skis.
Frightening. I think you could probably hang a small car off those toepieces without ripping them out of the tracks like that. It'd be interesting to see those skis up close and see how exactly they blew up.
post #6 of 20
I'm not sure, but it look s like the right ski is just a topsheet and the left seems to be snapped in two. Damn.

On another note, I'm up at Sugarloaf right now and a 16-yo girl was killed training DH here yesterday.

These people are gladiators.
post #7 of 20
OMG is right!
Vibes for a full & quick recovery to this great swiss skier.
JF
post #8 of 20
It is very sobering to see how bad things can get in a hurry for someone, even someone that skis at that level (one of the best). It's really pretty much given that no amount of body protection could have made much difference in a crash like that except maybe a Hollywood stuntman's air bag
post #9 of 20
Terrible. Here is the video.

post #10 of 20
I wish him the best too. A thread on TGR has a video of the crash, pretty scary.

SRD, there's no way of knowing what forces the helmet absorbed without inspecting it. That was a very hard landing on his back and head. I'm surprised he does not have any skeletal injuries.

Hopefully he heals quick without any permanent damage.
post #11 of 20
His legs looked pretty floppy as he slid to a stop too.
post #12 of 20
Hope those skis and bindings exploded before his knees did, thats a lot of torque.
post #13 of 20
USA's Andrew Weibrecht placed 13th in the last training run! Would like to have seen that run. Wonder what he pulls off on Saturday?

Not to take away from the original topic in this thread...best wishes and prayers go out to Daniel Albrecht.
post #14 of 20
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Latest news.....

KITZBUEHEL, Austria - Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht sustained brain and lung injuries and was placed in an induced coma Thursday after crashing in downhill training on the legendary Streif course.
Albrecht, the fifth racer on the course, lost control after flying through the air for about 40 metres, landed on his back and came to a stop near the finish line.
He lost consciousness and received medical attention for about 20 minutes before being taken by helicopter to a hospital in nearby St. Johann.
Helmuth Obermoser, the official race doctor, said in a brief statement that Albrecht had bleeding on the brain and a lung contusion.
"Daniel is in a stable condition now. He woke up briefly but doctors placed him in an artificial coma," Swiss team spokeswomen Diana Faeh said.
Albrecht was transported to a hospital in Innsbruck where he was to be kept in a coma for at least another 24 hours to keep brain pressure under control, clinic spokesman Johannes Schwamberger said.
Schwamberger confirmed that Albrecht was stable, but said further details wouldn't be provided until a news conference Friday afternoon.
An induced coma puts the brain in hibernation so it can recuperate and allows swelling in the brain to ease.
The 25-year-old Albrecht is the reigning super-combined world champion and has four career World Cup victories - three in giant slalom and one in super-combi. He has two GS wins this season, at Soelden, Austria, and Alta Badia, Italy, and is eighth in the overall World Cup standings.
The crash was similar to that of Scott Macartney last year on the Streif. The American suffered a brain contusion after slamming his head on the snow and was out for the season.
Organizers lowered the final jump of the course after Macartney's crash and clearly marked the natural wave so racers would be able to better time their jump.
"We've done everything that we reasonably could do to make it a safe course," FIS race director Guenther Hujara said. "This was the best solution and was approved by most of the racers.
"The only way to avoid crashes is not to do a downhill race at all," Hujara said. "We just can't avoid all crashes. This was out of our hands."
Swiss teammate Didier Cuche said it was "a very bad crash."
"Daniel was having a great run but was forced into a backward position too much at the jump," Cuche said. "I hope he'll be well again soon."
In Wednesday's first training session ahead of this weekend's Hahnenkamm races, Austria's Michael Walchhofer almost fell backward at the same point where Albrecht crashed.
"The wind pushed the front of my skis up so I was lifted in the air," Walchhofer said. "That was quite extreme, I totally underestimated that jump."
Thursday's training session was interrupted for half an hour before resuming. Bode Miller posted the fastest time as he raced down the Streif course in one minute 55.95 seconds to beat last year's winner Cuche by 0.26 seconds.
Top Canadian was Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., in 19th in 1:59.16.
The downhill race is scheduled for Saturday.







Once again we wish him a quick and complete recovery
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
I'm not sure, but it look s like the right ski is just a topsheet and the left seems to be snapped in two. Damn.

On another note, I'm up at Sugarloaf right now and a 16-yo girl was killed training DH here yesterday.

These people are gladiators.
Thats my home hill, we saw this happen from time to time and it is really tragic. Best wishs to Daniel and his family and my prayers to the girls family. Epic do you know if she was a student at CVA?
post #16 of 20
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Thats my home hill, we saw this happen from time to time and it is really tragic. Best wishs to Daniel and his family and my prayers to the girls family. Epic do you know if she was a student at CVA?
student at the mount snow acamdemy

really sad news
post #17 of 20
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student at the mount snow acamdemy

really sad news
No, she was from Stratton Mountain School. I was sitting at the next table from them at breakfast this morning. So much life there, it's really sad that one of them got snuffed out.
post #18 of 20
I'm pretty close to this one, and it's very sad. My family's been hit hard by this. She was a junior at SMS, which is a top-notch ski academy. They have a group kids up at Sugarloaf for the annual MARA/VARA DH races. These are USSA races, and are often the first experience racing DH for these kids. This was, I believe to be her first DH, but not her first experience racing speed. Evidently the day before the DH training was to begin, while a MARA {Maine} only SG was taking place on Narrow Gauge, she and her teammates were free skiing on Spillway on their DH skis. Getting acclimated to the terrain and the longer skis. She unfortunately skied into the trees on skiers right near the bottom of the trail. I have heard that she had a very bad break of her femur, and head trauma. The ski patrol's HQ is at the top of the mountain at the top of the Spillway chair and they evidently were very quick to respond. She was taken off the hill, airlifted to CMMC in Lewiston and sadly did not survive the night.

One thing that I would like to clarify is that she was not actually training DH. She was skiing on DH skis, which is not unusual before this type of event, on relatively empty mid-week Sugarloaf. She was sadly not on Narrow Gauge, which is groomed perfectly for a DH, and is lined from top to bottom with safety netting, and padding. Narrow Gauge was being used for the other SG race. The actual DH training on the course took place yesterday, and I believe that the word of her passing spread to most of the coaches and kids at the end of the day. Incredibly sad, and obviously a terrible outcome for so many. By all accounts, she was a tremendous kid. This really hits home with a great number of young racers, their families, friends and coaches. Certainly she and her family are in the hearts of many in what is a very difficult time. These accidents are very rare, but they are what every ski race parent fears. As other have said, so very sad.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
I'm not sure, but it look s like the right ski is just a topsheet and the left seems to be snapped in two. Damn.
The way his right ski is bent shows the kind of force that rips bindings off of skis.

Prayers for his recovery; and for the family of the girl who passed in Maine.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
I'm pretty close to this one, and it's very sad. My family's been hit hard by this. She was a junior at SMS, which is a top-notch ski academy. They have a group kids up at Sugarloaf for the annual MARA/VARA DH races. These are USSA races, and are often the first experience racing DH for these kids. This was, I believe to be her first DH, but not her first experience racing speed. Evidently the day before the DH training was to begin, while a MARA {Maine} only SG was taking place on Narrow Gauge, she and her teammates were free skiing on Spillway on their DH skis. Getting acclimated to the terrain and the longer skis. She unfortunately skied into the trees on skiers right near the bottom of the trail. I have heard that she had a very bad break of her femur, and head trauma. The ski patrol's HQ is at the top of the mountain at the top of the Spillway chair and they evidently were very quick to respond. She was taken off the hill, airlifted to CMMC in Lewiston and sadly did not survive the night.

One thing that I would like to clarify is that she was not actually training DH. She was skiing on DH skis, which is not unusual before this type of event, on relatively empty mid-week Sugarloaf. She was sadly not on Narrow Gauge, which is groomed perfectly for a DH, and is lined from top to bottom with safety netting, and padding. Narrow Gauge was being used for the other SG race. The actual DH training on the course took place yesterday, and I believe that the word of her passing spread to most of the coaches and kids at the end of the day. Incredibly sad, and obviously a terrible outcome for so many. By all accounts, she was a tremendous kid. This really hits home with a great number of young racers, their families, friends and coaches. Certainly she and her family are in the hearts of many in what is a very difficult time. These accidents are very rare, but they are what every ski race parent fears. As other have said, so very sad.
We lost a Jr racer on spillway when I was teaching there back in the early 90's. Very sad indeed.
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