PARK CITY, Utah – Halfpipe skier Simon d’Artois is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a concussion and blacking out for about 10 seconds Saturday when he smacked his head during a fall at the U.S. Grand Prix.
Kelley Korbin, manager of media relations for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, said a CT scan was normal but d’Artois continues to experience concussion symptoms. He will remain in the hospital, likely overnight, until he feels better. The skier’s father is with him at the hospital.
D’Artois fell near the top of the 22-foot superpipe and slid to the bottom unconscious.
Ski patrol immediately was on the scene and attended to him for about 20 minutes before taking him off in a sled. He was wearing a neck brace but flashed a “rock on” sign with his right hand as he left the venue.
Five of the 12 men in the finals fell Saturday. France’s Benoit Valentin appeared to injure his left knee.
American David Wise won the event.
Canadian freestyle pioneer Sarah Burke crashed on the same halfpipe last year while training and died a week later from the injuries.
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Korbin said Burke’s death likely was a big reason for the extra precaution.
“I’m sure that played a factor in taking it very seriously,” Korbin said. “It wasn’t overreaction but heroic measures. That’s appreciated.”
She said the team also had no problem with the Park City halfpipe.
“I heard the pipe was in fantastic condition today,” Korbin said. “It wasn’t anything to do with that. We have absolutely no concerns about the condition of the pipe or manner in which Park City treated his injury. It was commendable.”
Bowman, Wise claim ski Grand Prix titles
Maddie Bowman followed up her gold at the X Games with another at Saturday’s U.S. Grand Prix in ski halfpipe.
Bowman was the only woman competing with two 900s and landed both on her second run to win with a score of 85.2.
Japan’s Ayana Onozuka was second with a score of 84.4 and Virginie Faivre of Switzerland took third at 82.8.
X Games champ David Wise and fellow American Torin Yater-Wallace finished 1-2 in the men’s World Cup event, which was marred by a scary crash that sent Canadian skier Simon d’Artoise to the hospital with a concussion.
A team spokeswoman said his CATscan was fine but he remains at University of Utah hospital with concussion symptoms, including nausea.
Wise’s winning score was 93.8, edging Yater-Wallace by two-tenths of a point.
France’s Kevin Rolland took third at 93.0, edging countryman Thomas Krief (91.8).
Five of 12 men fell in the first run and four women fell in two runs combined down the 22-foot pipe.
France’s Benoit Valentin suffered an apparent left knee injury.