A scary scene descended upon the men’s ski cross competition at Phoenix Park in PyeongChang, as Canadian skier Christopher Del Bosco had to be carried out on a stretcher after a brutal crash. He has been hospitalized with a broken pelvis, per Reuters.
Competing in the eighth heat of the competition, Del Bosco entered one of the final jumps of the race behind the other three competitors and went flying off course, off balance and well higher than his competitors. He appeared to lose his footing on a previous jump, leaving him unprepared to properly navigate the next hill.
Del Bosco was attended to for nearly 10 minutes on the side of the course before being carried out via stretcher. The severity of his injuries was unclear, but he seemed to land on his back with his helmet banging against the ground. He was fortunately able to wave to the crowd as he was carried off the course.
#TeamCanada’s Chris Del Bosco of #Vail waves to cheering crowd from medical sled after absolutely nasty crash on #skicross course. He was advocating for course changes in training so skiers didn’t send too deep off the jumps. He sent way past the transition. Ugly ugly crash. pic.twitter.com/YSWuIU9Y6x
— Jason Blevins (@jasonblevins) February 21, 2018
Team Canada later released a statement on Twitter saying Del Bosco was being taken to a hospital to be examined by team doctors.
Update on Chris Del Bosco:
Chris Del Bosco sustained a fall during today’s ski cross race. He’s been taken to hospital with team doctors for examination. Further information will be released when available.@TeamCanada | @Alpine_Canada
— Team Canada PR (@TeamCanadaPR) February 21, 2018
The 35-year-old entered the competition figuring to compete for the podium, as he had previously placed fourth in the ski cross finals at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
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