Champion skier, Marcel Hirscher suffered minor injuries after being involved in a serious car crash on Monday in Abtenau, Austria.
The 23-year old was driving outside of Schladming, on his way to a press event, when he was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Hirscher’s vehicle went off the road and collided with a tree.
Authorities quickly arrived on the scene and transported the skier to a hospital in Salzburg. According to Hirscher’s spokesperson, despite the car being wrecked, he did not incur any serious injuries.
According to the examining doctor, Andreas Hartmann, Hirscher suffered contusions on his spine, head and hand. Hartmann stated that the injuries incured were very light and would not require any further treatment.
To ease the minds of his many fans, Hirscher took to Facebook to inform everyone of his conditions, posting, “Phew… 1 million guardian angels: I’m fine, don’t worry. Just a routine check-up in hospital now.”
A statement quelling any serious concerns was posted on the Austrian Ski Federation’s website as well. Hirscher detailed his status, saying, “It hurts all over a little bit but apart from a few bruises and a headache, it’s nothing serious. Under these circumstances, it’s almost nothing.” He went on to say, “I take it I’ll be back in training again soon.”
Hirscher is one of the rising stars on the Austrian Ski Team. The young ski racer managed to burst on the scene during this season’s World Cup Tour to claim the overall ski World Cup trophy and the Crystal Globe for giant slalom during the World Cup Finals held in Schladming. Thankfully, the skier will persevere to ski another day!