Olympic gold medallist in ski jump horror: Norway’s Daniel-Andre Tande suffers broken collar bone and is put into medical coma after losing control mid-air and crashing
- 27-year-old was taking part in individual competition Thursday when he fell
- Tande lost control while in the air, turned on his side and hit the slope hard
- He bounced and then tumbled for several hundred feet before coming to a stop
- He was placed in a coma and flown to hospital, where medics said he has suffered a broken collarbone and his injuries are not life-threatening
Norwegian ski jumping champion Daniel-Andre Tande has been rushed to hospital via helicopter after a horror fall at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Slovenia.
The 27-year-old, who won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, was taking part in the individual big hill jump competition in Ljubljana on Thursday when he lost control.
Terrifying video shows Tande twisting in the air and losing one of his skis before hitting the slope on his side, then bouncing and rolling hundreds of feet downhill.
Norwegian team officials said Tande was placed into a medically-induced coma before being flown to a hospital in the Slovenian capital via helicopter to be treated.
Norwegian ski jumping champion Daniel-Andre Tande suffered a horror fall during the Ski Jumping World Cup in Slovenia on Thursday
The 27-year-old lost control in the air, turned on his side, hit the slope hard and then bounced and rolled for several hundred feet downhill
Tande, who won gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, had to be placed into a medically induced coma after the accident and flown to hospital in a helicopter
Medics said he was treated for almost 30 minutes on the slope and given oxygen before boarding the helicopter.
Team bosses later said he had suffered a broken collarbone and would be kept in a coma for 24 hours while his condition is assessed, but added that his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Dr Tomislav Mirkovic, who treated Tande at the hospital, said on Thursday that preliminary tests were ‘very positive’ and will be repeated in 24 hours.
More results were expected on Friday afternoon, he said.
Team leader Clas Brede Brathen said: ‘We are extremely grateful for the high professional first aid and medical care after the fall.
‘The fall looked dramatic and we are relieved after the first diagnosis that Daniel’s injuries are not life threatening.’
Tande helped Norway claim gold in the men’s team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Team bosses said Tande had suffered a broken collarbone but that initial tests were positive and his injuries are not life-threatening
Tande remains in a medically induced coma in hospital where he is being monitored, with more tests due to be carried out today
The fall came during the individual section of the Ski Jumping World Cup, taking place this year near the Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana
Tande (file image) helped Norway claim gold in the men’s team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang