Johannes Strolz, Olympic combined champ, skis out of World Cup slalom over rolling pole
Austrian Johannes Strolz fell out of a World Cup slalom in Italy on Thursday night when he skied over a pole from an earlier gate that was rolling down the course.
Strolz, who took combined gold and slalom silver at the Olympics, was on his second run in Madonna di Campiglio. He tied for sixth in the first run.
Swiss Daniel Yule went on to win the race.
Austrian media reported that gates were dislodged 11 times across all racers due to defective screws. Strolz said he was annoyed that he didn’t get a re-run, but accepted the decision based on rules.
The incident was reminiscent of a night slalom at the same venue in 2015, when Austrian superstar Marcel Hirscher was nearly hit by a falling drone on his second run en route to finishing second in the race.
Strolz on Friday reposted video of his run on Instagram with a bit of humor.
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