Christof Innerhofer carries gate for half his run, takes fourth in downhill (video)
Olympic downhill silver medalist Christof Innerhofer skied through a gate, carried remnants of the gate for the final minute of his run and finished fourth in a World Cup downhill in Santa Caterina, Italy, on Tuesday.
“Bode Miller‘s no longer around so there needs to be another crazy guy,” Innerhofer said, according to The Associated Press. “It was really at the limit and very dangerous. I couldn’t see, and I was carrying the pole and the panel. ... It felt like a parachute behind me.” Innerhofer’s hardship came one week after Austrian Marcel Hirscher was nearly hit by a falling drone camera during a World Cup night slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Hirscher finished second in that race.
France’s Adrien Theaux won Tuesday’s downhill by 1.04 seconds over Austrian Hannes Reichelt. France’s David Poisson was third, keeping Innerhofer off the podium by .07. Full results are here.
Innerhofer, 31, suffered an arm bruise and a nose cut and didn’t want to guess whether he would have won if not for the gate, according to the AP.
“I had a big lead near the end of both training sessions,” he said of training runs Sunday and Monday, according to the AP. “So make up your own mind.” The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a Santa Caterina slalom on Jan. 6.