Marc Gisin awake and stable in hospital after horror crash at Val Gardena

Gisin's sister, Olympic champion Michelle, said Swiss Olympian "was unconscious for a very long time" after heavy fall in downhill.

Saturday's men's downhill at Val Gardena was marred by a heavy crash for Marc Gisin.

The 30-year-old Swiss, brother of 2018 Olympic combined champion Michelle Gisin and 2014 downhill gold medallist Dominique Gisin, lost control approaching a jump on the second half of the course.

Gisin, who finished 21st in the downhill at PyeongChang 2018, landed heavily on his side before eventually coming to a stop.

Gisin lay motionless on the snow as medical staff came to assist.

There was immediate concern among spectators with eventual winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde visibly shaken by his rival's accident.

Marc Gisin training on Thursday for the men's downhill at Val Gardena
Marc Gisin training on Thursday for the men's downhill at Val GardenaMarc Gisin training on Thursday for the men's downhill at Val Gardena

A helicopter soon arrived to airlift Gisin to hospital where he regained consciousness.

Michelle Gisin, training in Alta Badia, told Swiss newspaper BLICK, "Marc is conscious and his condition is stable. He was unconscious for a very long time."

Italian media reported Gisin had suffered a fracture of the pelvis but no head injuries.

Kilde secures third World Cup win

Racing resumed after a delay of 45 minutes with Olympic downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal, winner of Friday's Super G, unable to complete a double in the Italian Alps

Svindal finished seventh, 1.08 seconds behind fellow Norwegian Kilde who clinched his first World Cup win in almost three years.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates taking the lead in the Val Gardena downhill
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates taking the lead in the Val Gardena downhillAleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates taking the lead in the Val Gardena downhill

Wearing start number six, Kilde produced a blistering run to win by 0.86 seconds from Austrian Max Franz with Switzerland's double Olympic medallist Beat Feuz third.

It was the 26-year-old's first victory since the Hinterstoder Super G back in February 2016, one month after his first win in the Garmisch downhill.

Feuz and Franz share top spot in the World Cup downhill standings on 200 points, 72 ahead of Svindal with Kilde two points further back.

The next World Cup downhill takes place on December 28th in Bormio, Italy.

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