Downhill World Champion John Kucera injured and airlifted at Lake Louise super G

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 29, 2009 10:24 am

For the second day at Lake Louise, the helicopter was flown in to tend to an injured racer.  Canada John Kuchera, the reigning World Champion in downhill, crashed in today’s World Cup Super G.

It was not immediately clear what happened to Kuchera.  He came off a gate late, tried to recover on the next turn, lost the edge, fell to his hip and slid out of view of cameras.  He’s just been airlifted off the course. 

Lake Louise had been good to Kucera.  It is the site both his World Cup debut in 2004, and two years later, his first World Cup victory.  In February at Val d’Isere, the 25-year-old was the first Canadian to win the downhill at the World Championships.

Any serious injury to Kucera would be a big blow to the Canadian alpine ski team heading towards the Winter Olympics on their home snow.

Downhill is the original extreme sport.   You can add its close relative, super G, to that destinction.  This is the second helicopter evacuation at Lake Louise this weekend.  Yesterday in the downhill, American TJ Lanning had to be airlifted out after a horrific fall at 90 mph.

What these men risk for victory deserves the ultimate respect.  And their skiing, why we watch, is awe-inspiring.  Live video from Lake Louise can be viewed here.

We’ll keep you updated on Kucera’s condition.

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