Anna Holmlund injured in Innichen/San Candido
Innichen/San Candido, ITA - Swedish skier Anna Holmlund experienced a crash in training for the FIS Ski Cross World Cup competition in Innichen (ITA) on Monday, suffering an injury to her head.
Reports indicate Holmlund lost her balance in the top “rollers” section of the Innichen course and fell heavily into one of the features. Medical teams were on the scene immediately, and after an on-hill assessment and stabilization of the athlete she was airlifted to hospital in nearby Bolzano.
Holmlund was treated immediately on arrival at the hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma. A statement issued by the Swedish Ski Association indicates that all vital signs are strong, and that the athlete is in a stable condition.
Holmlund is the two-time reigning ski cross crystal globe winner, and has three total World Cup titles to her credit along with bronze medals at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Deer Valley 2011 Freestyle World Ski Championships. At the time of the incident in Innichen on Monday Holmlund was ranked second overall on the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup leaderboard.
Updates from the Swedish Ski Cross team will be forthcoming as the situation develops, and FIS will provide more info as it becomes available.
UPDATE (21/12/2016 - 17:00:
Since the initial report, the Swedish Ski Federation has released two updates on Holmlund's condition. Both official updates can be found below. Holmlund is still under sedation and in intensive care. It is still too early to be able to speak more precisely about how serious her injuries are. The Swedish Ski Federation has said they expect no major changes in the next few days and will go out with new information as more details are known..