WATCH: Skier Barely Avoids Getting Hit in the Head by Falling TV Drone
Four-time World Cup skiing champion Marcel Hirscher faced an unexpected obstacle during a competition yesterday, when a falling camera drone nearly clonked him in the head while going down the slopes.
The Austrian champ was about 10 seconds into his second Alpine slalom run in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, when the camera hit the ground just after Hirscher passed a gate. The skier passed underneath the drone with a fraction of a second to spare, according to NBC, and later measurements said he was only 18 inches away from where it made impact with the snow.
“This is horrible,” said Hirscher when told about what almost happened to him. “This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.”
International Ski Federation director Markus Waldner said the drone was authorized for use, but that the pilot should not have flown it over the course. Waldner offered his apologies to Hirscher for the incident, and said the organization would ban camera drones from future World Cup competitions.
“It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt. I am very angry,” Waldner said.
Despite the incident, Hirscher finished in second place, behind Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen. Hirscher said that looking at pictures of the incident left him trembling, but he later joked about it when he wrote on Instagram that there was “heavy air traffic in Italy”.
Watch above, via NBC.
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