Scott McCartney's knee injury from a weekend crash at a World Cup downhill in Austria has forced him to return the United States for treatment.
McCartney, who crashed out of Saturday's classic Lauberhorn
race, was set to compete in the Hahnenkahm race next Saturday in
Kitzbuehel, Austria - the same race in which he was involved in a
horrific crash at nearly 90 mph last year.
A spokesman for the U.S. men's team said Sunday the damage to
McCartney's left knee was not immediately known. McCartney was to
fly home to Washington state Monday to be examined.
Last year, McCartney lost his balance on the final jump at
Kitzbuehel and slammed his head on the snow, sliding unconscious
across the finish line. He was placed in a medically induced coma
to allow swelling in his brain to ease. He was released from
hospital in Austria four days after the crash, and returned to the
slopes within months.
On Saturday, McCartney crashed out, falling back on his skis
when landing a jump on the Traversenschuss section of the 2.8-mile
In Sunday's race, Manfred Pranger of Austria won the slalom,
while American Bode Miller lost control in his second run and did