Picabo Street, the two-time World Cup downhill champion and the top U.S. Olympic hope in that discipline, sustained bruises, an injured neck and a slight concussion in a crash in Are, Switzerland.
Street fell after a binding pre-released while skiing at about 75 mph. She lay unconscious for 2 minutes, but was able to walk away from the accident after a few minutes. Street, who had never had a concussion, came back last month after being sidelined more than a year following knee surgery.
Katja Seizinger won the event, the final women’s World Cup downhill before the Olympics.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Austria’s Andreas Schifferer posted his fourth World Cup downhill triumph of the season, establishing himself as the gold medal favorite for the Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee says it could strip medals from some East German athletes of the 1970s and 1980s if there is proof they used performance-enhancing drugs.
At the same time, the IOC absolved China of systematic doping allegations, with one top official dismissing the outcry over recent Chinese drug scandals as “a lot of noise about nothing.”
Brian Shimer, the top U.S. bobsledder, will compete in the Winter Olympics despite a drug test that found high levels of testosterone. His test, although high, was within allowable limits, sources said. Also, U.S. bobsledder Michael Dionne will appeal his three-month suspension for using the banned stimulant ephedrine, the first drug-related case of the Nagano Winter Games.