Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashes in World Cup Finals downhill (video)
Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashed, landed into netting and screamed repeatedly at the World Cup Finals downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
She suffered a shoulder injury and was taken away by helicopter, according to reports.
“She has pain in the shoulder and back on the right side,” Germany team spokesman Ralph Eder said, according to The Associated Press. “We don’t know yet but we don’t expect any fracture or (dislocation).”
Update: Hoefl-Riesch is done for the season due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to reports.
The German Hoefl-Riesch lost her World Cup overall points lead to Austrian Anna Fenninger, who was sixth in Wednesday’s race.
Swiss Lara Gut won in 1 minute, 32.31 seconds, .05 better than Austrian Elisabeth Goergl. Swiss Fraenzi Aufdenblatten was third.
Hoefl-Riesch entered the four-race World Cup Finals with a 29-point lead over Fenninger in a tight race for the overall title and crystal globe trophy. Hoefl-Riesch has finished in the top three of the overall standings each of the previous six seasons and was looking for the second overall title of her career.
A 10-time Olympic and world medalist, Hoefl-Riesch, 29, has said she may retire after this season. She clinched the season downhill title Wednesday. It’s unknown if Hoefl-Riesch will be able to enter the remaining races this week, starting with a super-G on Thursday.
Fenninger, 24, appears very likely to win her first overall title now after winning gold and silver at the Sochi Olympics. She leads Hoefl-Riesch by 11 points and Gut by 235 with three races to go. Race winners receive 100 points, followed by 80 points for second place and on down the line.
Americans Julia Mancuso and Stacey Cook were 10th and 18th on Wednesday.
1. Lara Gut (SUI) 1:32.31
2. Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) 1:32.36
3. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten (SUI) 1:32.88
4. Fabienne Suter (SUI) 1:33.15
5. Andrea Fischbacher (AUT) 1:33.27
6. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 1:33.38
7. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) 1:33.41
8. Daniela Merighetti (ITA) 1:33.58
9. Dominique Gisin (SUI) 1:33.60
10. Julia Mancuso (USA) 1:33.65
18. Stacey Cook (USA) 1:35.28
Final World Cup Downhill Standings
1. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) -- 504
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) -- 464
3. Tina Maze (SLO) -- 409
15. Julia Mancuso (USA) -- 160
17. Stacey Cook (USA) -- 156