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Olympic skiing champion left unconscious after 136-metre crash

Updated: 2015-01-07
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Swiss ski jumper and former Olympic champion Simon Ammann has suffered a serious crash that left him unconscious while competing in the prestigious Four Hills Tour on Tuesday.
 
Ammann, who was eighth after the first round, fell after landing from his 136.0-metre second effort.
 
There was no immediate update on his condition but images showed the 33-year-old bloodied and unconscious while being treated by paramedics.
 
Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann has suffered a serious crash that left him unconscious
  
the 33-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene but appeared to be unconscious
  
Ammann, who was eighth after the first round, fell after landing from his 136.0-meter second effort
 
Swiss media outlets later reported that Amman had regained consciousness upon reaching a hospital in Salzburg but the extent of his injuries remains unclear.
 
Amman was a double Olympic champion at both the 2002 and 2010 games, and also won gold medals at the World Championships in 2007 and 2010.
 
Stefan Kraft became the seventh straight Austrian winner of the competition in Bischofshofen, Austria.
 
Kraft finished the final event in third position to hold on to his lead after the first three stops. Fellow Austrian Michael Hayboeck won the final event with jumps of 137.5 and 136.5 meter for a total of 288.4 points.
 
Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai was second with 277.1 points, followed by Kraft with 271.3.
 
Ammann had completed his first jump and was in the process of his second when the crash occurred
 
Ammann landed his second jump but immediately appeared to lose his balance
 
The Swiss ski jumper failed to regain control while travelling at high speed
 
Ammann then crashed, landing face-first on the snow before skidding along the ground
 
The four-time Olympic gold medal-winner slides along the snow after his devastating crash
 
Paramedics rushed over to attend the motionless Ammann before calling for help
 
The paramedics rushed Ammann off to hospital on a stretcher, he later regained consciousness
  
Amman on the Four Hills Tour in Austria on Monday, the day before his crash
  
  
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