Terrifying Mogul Skier Knocked Out While Jumping
Terrifying moment mogulskier is knocked from cold during a jump before his limp body slides down hill first – but he’s conscious and says he’s ‘OK’
- Team USA skier George McQuinn has regained consciousness after a terrifying crash in Utah on Thursday when he hit the back of his head on a slope and slid lifelessly down the rest of the hill
- Colorado native McQuinn later calmed his fans’ fears on Instagram: ‘Gnarly crash today but I’m OK’
- He attempted his second and final jump at an FIS World Cup event but when he turned into a backflip his head hit the ramp and appeared to be knocked out before even landing
- McQuinn had already qualified for the US Olympic team and is still expected to race at the Beijing Games
Team USA skier George McQuinn regained consciousness on Thursday after a terrifying crash in Park City, Utah, when he hit the back of his head on a slope during the race and was rushed to hospital.
“Gnar crash today but I’m OK,” he wrote on Instagram after the crash alongside a photo, which shows the cuts and bruises on his face.
The Colorado native attempted his second and final jump at an FIS World Cup event, but when he turned backwards, his head slammed into the slope, immediately knocking him unconscious.
From there, McQuinn’s limp body first slid down the rest of the hill as onlookers gasped and cried for help.
“Okay, please, we need a ski patrol,” you hear an official say after the crash.
Team USA’s George McQuinn crashes during his run in the Men’s Mogul Finals at the Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort
McQuinn had already qualified for the US Olympic team before Thursday’s spill
McQuinn lost his sunglasses on the way down and scraped his face on the snow and ice
McQuinn’s limp body slid down the rest of the hill as onlookers gasped and cried for help
McQuinn was clearly out of control when he slid off the hill after his failed jump
“Gnar crash today, but I’m OK,” McQuinn (left, right) wrote on Instagram after the crash alongside a photo, which shows the cuts and bruises on his face. (Right) McQuinn is seen earlier in the day on a more successful run
As reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, McQuinn was quickly stabilized by Team USA medics and placed on a board before being dragged the rest of the hill by a snowmobile.
McQuinn was the only member of the US team to reach the final at Thursday’s moguls races in Park City. The event serves as Team USA’s Olympic qualifier, and McQuinn has already taken the team with the third-highest score in the six-man Super Final.
Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury went on to win the event after a 15-minute delay, dedicating the run to McQuinn.
“This one is for him,” Kingsbury said after his 100th podium finish in his career. “I know this was his first super final. He is an exciting skier with a bright future. I just hope he’s okay and that we can ski together in a super final in the future.”
Kingsbury pointed to some difficult weather conditions in Park City, where it was unusually warm on Thursday.
“It wasn’t easy,” he said. With the weather, of course, it got darker and darker. And since it was warm this afternoon, the snow started to crackle. So it gets harder and it’s faster on your feet. And when that happens, yes, you need to breathe and kind of disconnect from the fact that, you know, a man you know really hurt himself. You need to focus on staying in the present moment.
“I hope he’s okay,” he said of McQuinn.
George McQuinn is checked after crashing during his run for the Men’s Mogul Finals
Paramedics gather around McQuinn who still appeared to be unconscious after the fall
Paramedics begin to loosen McQuinn’s equipment before taking him to the hospital
McQuinn is stretched out after crashing during his run for the Men’s Mogul Finals
McQuinn is taken off the track on a sled after his terrifying crash on Thursday
Finally, McQuinn’s sled was hooked up to a snowmobile, which took him to a hospital