Stephani Victor OK after crash
Ryan Summerlin March 11, 2014
Paralympic skier Stephani Victor, a Park City resident, was taken off the Sochi super G course by helicopter after crashing on Monday.
On a day that also saw American Alana Nichols get airlifted off the mountain after a crash in the sit-skiing race, Victor lost control about halfway through her final run.
Victor, a five-time Paralympic medalist, was recovering in a hospital as of Tuesday morning.
"Instead of defending my Gold medal in the first ever Super Combined from the 2010 Vancouver games I am waking up in a Russian hospital with my face swollen and stitched up," Victor said in a post to her Facebook page. "Thank God Marcel [Kuonen, her coach and husband] is by my side taking care of me and my injuries were not worse. Although I am very disappointed for our Games to end like this I wish my competitors good luck and good races. I wish to express my sincerest thanks to our coaching staff, management and all the support USOC staff and doctors who have taken good care of me. To Dr. Gus, our contact at the Russian hospital, and to all the Russian staff including the surgeons who stitched up my face, Thank you and spa[s]ibo (Russian for ‘Thank you’) for transporting me in the helicopter and taking good care of me."
Anna Schaffelhuber of Germany won the sit-skiing super G race, with Claudia Loesch of Austria taking silver. American Laurie Stephens finished third to earn a bronze medal.
— Compiled by Adam Spencer