Pärson Falls on Way to Silver Medal

Updated:12:50 pm

Seven time World Cup champion, Anja Pärson, fell in the final stage of the women’s downhill event in Whistler on Wednesday.

When the crash occurred, she was in second place and set to take a silver medal for Sweden. The final jump of the downhill run sent a number of skiers flying further than expected and Pärson flew over 60 metres before landing and suffering bruising and muscle strain.

Pärson told Swedish Radio news that she was unsure whether she will be fit to compete in Thursday’s super combined alpine skiing race. A decision is expected to come just a few hours before the event. (Event starts 6.30pm Swedish time)

Up on Whistler mountain, the 2,939 metre downhill long course known as "Franz's run" had been described beforehand as the fastest and toughest of all downhill's this season and recent rain which forced competitors to abandon training runs, had made the bottom half even more dangerous turning snow into ice with the added jump known as "hot air" which felled Anja Pärson at the end. Swedish Radio Sports Extra presenter Martin Marhlo told Radio Sweden that the run was "too long" and it was a big mistake to have such a jump right at the finish. Franz's run will be used again in Thursday's combined event although in shorter form and organizers have now reduced the size of the final jump.