Norwegian ski jumper Daniel-Andre Tande is reportedly already in stable condition after suffering serious injuries in a crash while training for a World Cup event in Planica, Slovenia.
Tande, who won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, was skiing at 100 kilometers per hour when he lost control over one of his skis, rotated heavily, and landed heavily on the slope. The 27-year-old fell all the way down the hill and was treated on the site for more than 30 minutes before he was flown to Ljubljana Medical Centre via helicopter.
FIS World Cup #Planica: Daniel Andre Tande’s medical condition after the fall is stable. He has been transported to the Ljubljana Medical Center by helicopter for further tests and treatment. Next information will follow late afternoon.#skijumping #skiflying #FISskijumping
— FIS Ski Jumping (@FISskijumping) March 25, 2021
The International Skiing Federation (IFS) would later announce on Twitter that Daniel-Andre Tande, the 2018 ski flying world champion, was already in a stable medical condition.
A few hours later, Norwegian ski jumping team leader Clas Brede Brathen released a statement that indicated optimism regarding the ski jumper’s recovery, per TMZ Sports.
“The fall has looked dramatic for us and we are now relieved after the first diagnosis that Daniel’s injuries are not life-threatening,” Brathen’s statement read, which also confirmed that Tande had suffered a broken collarbone but no life-threatening injuries based on initial tests.
Brathen added that the champion ski jumper will be kept in a coma to reduce the stress on his brain, per the Olympic Channel, as doctors continue to monitor his condition and conduct repeat vital tests.
Aside from winning the gold medal in the men’s large hill team ski jumping event in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Daniel-Andre Tande is also a winner of the silver medal at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in the same event and a four-time gold medal winner at the FIS Ski Flying World Championships.