Alexandra Coletti of Monaco suffers broken foot in Sochi downhill
Feb 13, 1:30am EST
Alexandra Coletti of Monaco suffered a broken foot during Wednesday's women's downhill at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Coletti, who started with Bib 33, got to the middle of the Rosa Khutor course before sliding out of control and crashing violently into the safety fencing.
Shrill screams of pain could be heard on television broadcasts of the race, a sure sign of the severity of the injury. Video immediately cut away from the crash site.
After a lengthy delay, medical officials carried Coletti off the course on a stretcher by medical personnel, was loaded into a helicopter, and flown off the mountain to a hospital for treatment.
Coletti confirmed on her Twitter account that she has a broken foot and will fly home to Monte Carlo to have surgery.
The Italian-born 30-year-old was making her third trip to the Olympics. In 2006, she finished 31st in the downhill, 33rd in the slalom and 41st in the super-G. At the Vancouver Games four years ago, Coletti was Monaco’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony and finished 19th in super-combined, 24th in downhill and 25th in super-G.
Coletti's downhill crash was the worst of two scary incidents in the race. Earlier, France's Marie Marchand-Arvier caught an edge coming off an early jump, lost her balance, and skid out of control on her back into the safety fencing. She remained motionless in the snow for a moment but was able to slide off the slope under her own power.