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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Saturday, 8 December, 2001, 23:25 GMT
Skiing's tragic season
Beltrametti crashed during the first men's World Cup downhill of the season
Officials attend to Beltrametti following his crash
The crash that left Swiss skier Silvano Beltrametti paralysed was the latest in a season of tragic accidents.

Beltrametti crashed at high speed in the men's downhill at Val d'Isere on Saturday.

While his life was not in danger, the 22-year-old was left paralysed in his legs and suffered internal bleeding in his lungs.

The accident came a matter of weeks after French Super-G world champion Regine Cavagnoud was killed in a crash in Austria.


Accidents in 2001:

  • December 7 - Switzerland's giant slalom world champion Michael Von Gruenigen broke his shoulder-blade in training.

  • November 20 - German Olympic prospect Florian Eckert broke his leg in training, ruling him out of next year's Salt Lake Games.

    Florian Eckert
    Florian Eckert will miss the Winter Olympics

  • November 18 - Austrian downhill world champion Hannes Trinkl fractured his skull in a training fall in Schladming.

  • October 29: Regine Cavagnoud died after suffering severe head and internal injuries in a crash on the Pitz Valley glacier in Austria.

  • October 29 - Austrian speed specialist Werner Franz shattered a knee in training at Soelden, ending his season.

  • August 25 - Olympic double gold medallist and overall World Cup champion Hermann Maier broke his right leg in a motorcycle accident in central Austria.


    Major accidents of last decade:

  • 1998 - American downhill champion Picabo Street shattered her left femur and shredded knee ligaments in a horrific crash at Crans Montana.

  • 1997 - France's Adrien Duvillard was seriously injured in a crash while training for a World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland.

    Picabo Street
    Picabo Street crashed at Crans Montana in 1998

  • 1996 - Russian downhiller Tatiana Lebedeva collided with an American race official at the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, with both suffering broken legs.

  • 1995 - Leading Swedish skier Tomas Fogdoe was left paralysed after a training accident.

  • 1994 - Austria's Ulrike Maier died when she broke her neck after losing control during a World Cup downhill in the German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

  • 1992 - Austrian Peter Wirnsberger II died from injuries sustained in a fall during free skiing in Austria.

  • 1991 - Austrian Gernot Reinstadler died when he broke his pelvis and suffered massive internal injuries in a crash during training for a World Cup downhill in Wengen.

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