Heavy crashes for Giraud Moine and Nyman mar Ganong victory


Travis Ganong prevailed in the men's downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but there was concern for Valentin Giraud Moine and Steven Nyman after both were airlifted away following heavy crashes.

Friday's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup meeting was interrupted on a number of occasions with competitors finding the icy conditions difficult in Germany.

Giraud Moine's season appears to be over after the Frenchman reportedly broke both legs following his accident, which saw him lose his skis coming round a left turn.

He slid heavily into the safety netting to the right of the course and after receiving attention, was transported away to hospital by helicopter.

Earlier, Nyman had lost his balance over a jump and crashed into the netting before he, too, was lifted away.

Erik Guay also fell heavily coming over a jump, although the Canadian escaped without any serious injury.

"It's the limit. I think the FIS needs to do something by tomorrow [Saturday]," said runner-up Kjetil Jansrud.

Ganong's time of one minute 53.71 seconds was enough to take first place, with Jansrud (+0.38secs) and Peter Fill (+0.52) rounding out the top three.

Previous downhill leader Dominik Paris could only manage 10th, meaning he drops to third on 168 points behind Jansrud (202) and Fill (199). Ganong (147) climbs to fourth.