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Austria's Hans Grugger has surgery after ski crash (Video)

Written By Rana G on Thursday, January 20, 2011 | 7:49 AM

Austria ski federation spokesman Markus Aigner said Grugger was "not responsive" and taken by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Innsbruck. There were no details available.

Grugger fell after losing balance at the Mausefalle, a long jump shortly after a sharp right turn, and landed motionless on the slope. Grugger was the fifth racer on the course but the first to face troubles in that section.

Didier Cuche, who won the downhill race in Kitzbuehel last year, said Grugger missed out on the ideal racing line and was not able to adjust.

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Austrian skier Hans Grugger was hospitalized with a brain contusion and a chest injury after crashing Thursday during a training run for Saturday's World Cup downhill on the demanding Streif course.

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