Marc Gisin airlifted to hospital after World Cup downhill crash

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy -- Swiss skier Marc Gisin was hospitalized Saturday following a nasty crash in a World Cup downhill.

The 30-year-old Gisin lost control before a jump midway down the Saslong course Saturday, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back. He was then bumped into the air again and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact.

He was lying motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance.

A rescue helicopter landed on the snow and took off for a local hospital in nearby Bolzano with Gisin onboard after he had received treatment for almost a half hour.

"His condition is stable enough that he can be flown back to Switzerland tonight for further diagnoses," the Swiss ski team said in a statement. "The exact diagnoses of his injuries we expect Sunday afternoon."

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the downhill event, finishing 0.86 seconds ahead of Austria's Max Franz, who led the final training run.

Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third, 0.92 behind. It was Feuz's first podium result in Val Gardena.

"I'm very happy after trying 10 times, but I can't really celebrate because of my teammate Gisin's crash," Feuz said.

A trio of Americans -- Bryce Bennett, Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong -- finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Austrian racer Matthias Mayer also fell but was not injured. The 2014 Olympic downhill champion nearly did the splits after losing control over a small bump. He came to a stop before hitting the safety netting, got up and skied down.