British skier Chemmy Alcott broke a leg when she crashed at high speed in a downhill practice on Thursday in Lake Louise, Alberta, organizers said.
Race director John Cassel said Alcott, 28, landed badly after a jump in a steep section of the piste known as Coaches Corner and went tumbling down the course. She was conscious as she was loaded into the helicopter rescue basket.
“It was brutal and the impact was serious. She broke her shin and another bone could be fractured,” he said in a report. “It is a bad break just above the boot and an open wound.”
Alcott was taken to hospital in Banff and was to have surgery. Organizers added that Alcott never lost consciousness, had good sensations in her legs, “good feeling and good pulse.”