Spectators across the world held their collective breath on Thursday when a well-known personality in competitive ski jumping experienced a harrowing accident on the slopes.
As Fox News reports, Norwegian standout and former 2018 Olympic gold medalist Daniel-Andre Tande experienced a serious mishap while participating in the Ski Jumping World Cup in Planica, Slovenia, collided violently against the ground, and was ultimately airlifted to a hospital in Llubljana.
According to the Fédération International de Ski, the sport’s governing body, the 27-year-old athlete suffered a loss of control while still mid-air, resulting in a bone-shaking sideways impact and subsequent descent down the slope at a high rate of speed.
After the crash, Tande was treated by emergency medical personnel for 30 minutes, during which time he was intubated and given oxygen. He was subsequently transported to a hospital facility in the country’s capital city, where he was placed into a medically induced coma, Fox News noted.
Incredibly, Tande’s injuries – including a broken collarbone – are now being described as non-life-threatening, with Dr. Tomislav Mirkovic of the University Clinica Centre in Ljubljana reporting that “preliminary tests are very promising,” according to a Twitter post from FIS Ski Jumping”:
FIS World Cup #Planica: Here’s an update concerning the condition of Daniel Andre Tande after his crash in today’s trial round.#skijumping #skiflying #FISskijumping #GetWellSoonDaniel pic.twitter.com/NORtPbCLE2
— FIS Ski Jumping (@FISskijumping) March 25, 2021
Those present for the terrifying event expressed gratitude that Tande’s condition is far better than first feared, with Clas Brede Brathen of the Norwegian Ski Jumping Team saying, “The fall looked dramatic for us and we are now relieved after the first diagnosis that Daniel’s injuries are not life-threatening.”
Tande has had an impressive competitive skiing career to date, having earned a spot on the men’s large hill team that won gold at the 2018 Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, also scoring gold at the World Championships in 2016, 2018 as well as 2018 and silver back in 2017, as Fox News added.
A further update on Tande’s condition was expected from doctors on Friday, and fans everywhere are most assuredly wishing him a speedy and thorough recovery.