Canadian skier Chris Del Bosco hospitalized with pelvis injury, fractured ribs

Del Bosco appeared to lose control as he approached a jump on the Phoenix Park course.

Chris Del Bosco was conscious, stable, and nursing a suspected pelvic injury, a Canadian media attache said

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press File

Chris Del Bosco was conscious, stable, and nursing a suspected pelvic injury, a Canadian media attache said

BOKWANG, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian skier Chris Del Bosco remained in stable condition in hospital Thursday with a variety of injuries after a nasty crash in the men's skicross competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Del Bosco suffered a stable pelvis fracture, a bruised lung and four rib fractures, Alpine Canada said in a statement.

The 35-year-old from Montreal appeared to lose control as he approached a jump on the Phoenix Park course during a pre-quarterfinal heat Wednesday. He flew high in the air before landing hard on his back and side. 

"He wasn't in a very good position when he hit that (jump)," said Canadian coach Stanley Hayer. "He was probably butt on bindings. That's not good when you're going straight up."

Del Bosco slid down the slope after the crash and spent several minutes laying motionless while being attended to by medical personnel.

After about 15 minutes, Del Bosco was loaded on a sled and raised his arm in the air as he was transported away. Hayer said he was taken to hospital via helicopter. 

Del Bosco, one of the founding members of the national skicross team, was trying to make up some ground after falling behind early in his heat. 

"He got a little bit antsy I think," said Hayer. "He forgot where he was between turn 6 and 7, did a single instead of a double. Then he got back in the draft and he would have blown by (the others). He's got probably the fastest skis in the world.

"He just missed his press and then got squished (jumped too far) and you saw what happened."

A hush fell over the stunned crowd as Del Bosco soared in the air, his body twisting and flailing, before finally crashing down.

"It sucks, it's a teammate," said Canada's Brady Leman, who won the gold medal. "Del was skiing super, super fast. In training he was one of the top guys every day. So he would have been tough to beat I think if he could have stayed on his feet.

"It's too bad. I hope he's all right. It's a pretty dangerous sport."

Del Bosco finished fourth when skicross made its Olympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The 2011 world champion has won gold at the Winter X Games on two occasions.

He was 17th at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.


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