A Russian skier has suffered a horrific crash at the Winter Olympics at an event delayed due to bad weather.
25-year-old Pavel Trikhichev was the third skier out of the gate during the men’s combined downhill alpine ski event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
However, Trikhichev was unlucky enough to strike a gate which saw him lose his left ski and go barrelling into the safety netting.
You can watch the brutal crash here:
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Laying in the snow for a few moments with blood trickling from his mouth, stewards rushed to help the skier get back onto his feet.
He luckily got away with only a few cuts and bruises but was still taken away to hospital and forced to miss out on the next event.
Trikhichev’s accident is only the latest in a series of falls that have plagued the Winter Olympics thanks to high winds.
The Winter Olympics are meant to be cold but strong winds and ice pellets are testing even the most experienced seasoned sports veterans.
The event Trikhichev crashed in today (February 14) was delayed because of the weather and even when it began the starting position was forced to move down the mountain.
Gates were also moved on the run so skiers could take safer routes but this of course did not help Trikhichev.
On Monday (February 12) an astonishing 41 out of 50 runs in the women’s slopestyle snowboarding event ended in a crash.
Jamie Anderson from Team USA took home the gold medal from the event but she had to face dangerously blustery conditions to do so.
After watching dozens of her competitors crash out of the event, Anderson completed a conservative run that she wasn’t ‘extremely proud of’.
As reported by The New York Times, after the event Anderson admitted that she won the medal by simply surviving:
I was trying to keep the spirits high, like, ‘Let’s run it’. A handful of the girls were like, ‘No, it’s not safe’ and things like that. It’s not like what we’re doing is safe, anyhow.
It’s having the experience, and learning to deal with what is.
It’s not always going to be perfect. A lot of times, everyone’s like ‘It’s going to be perfect in a couple days’.
But yesterday we canceled the event, and we woke up today, and it was just as windy or worse.
Many of the other competitors had called for this slopestyle final to be cancelled due to the weather.
United States Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw, reported by TIME, said:
It has to be absolutely petrifying, terrifying, being up that high in the air, and having a gust 30 mph coming sideways at you.
Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancohova, who finished 16th, added:
You’re going up the chairlift and you see these little tornadoes and you’re like, ‘What is this?’
The weather does seem to be a major concern and with more snow on the way, hopefully safety measures will help prevent more accidents.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.