Skier Alexander Koell airlifted from classic downhill after horror crash

SKIER Alexander Koell was airlifted to hospital when he crashed during the FIS Audi World Cup in Austria today.

Fortunately, the Swedish star miraculously survived without any major injuries, his team later confirmed.

 Alexander Koell suffered a horror crash during the skiing World Cup in Austria

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Alexander Koell suffered a horror crash during the skiing World Cup in Austria
 The helicopter arrived just minutes after the fall to airlift him to hospital

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The helicopter arrived just minutes after the fall to airlift him to hospital

Koell, 28, lost control at high speed during a turn in the classic downhill race this afternoon at Kitzbuehel.

According to reports, he landed on an ice plate and skidded into the safety net at the side of the run.

Assistance arrived just moments later and then the helicopter ambulance came to take him away to receive further medical help.

Koell suffered some bruising, especially on his thighs, but crucially there were no broken bones.

 The Swede was participating in the classic downhill when he lost control on a turn

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The Swede was participating in the classic downhill when he lost control on a turn
 He crashed into the safety netting at the side of the piste and was attended to almost immediately

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He crashed into the safety netting at the side of the piste and was attended to almost immediately

He will stay in hospital overnight tonight so he can be monitored but is expected to be discharged tomorrow.

Koell's horror crash overshadowed the victory for Italian Dominik Paris.

He won the event for the third time after reigning supreme in 2013 and 2017.

Paris has been dubbed the 'King of the Streif' in homage to his success on the Streif slopes.

 The Swedish team later confirmed he suffered no major injuries, just some bruising

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The Swedish team later confirmed he suffered no major injuries, just some bruising

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SKIER Alexander Koell was airlifted to hospital when he crashed during the FIS Audi World Cup in Austria today.