Ford Sidelined for Remainder of Season
Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete and Olympian Tommy Ford announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with knee and hand injuries, as well as a concussion, sustained during a horrific crash at Adelboden, Switzerland during the second of two FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom races.
Tommy was putting down an aggressive first run before he high-sided a few gates before the finish, sending him head over heels to eventually slide into the net before the finish. Prior to loading in the helicopter, Tommy was conscious and speaking to emergency responders. He was taken to the hospital in Bern, Switzerland for evaluation, prior to flying home to Bend, Ore. to recover.
Tommy has had a banner 2020-21 season so far, nailing four World Cup top-10 results, including a podium in Santa Caterina. This season had followed up a strong, albeit shortened, 2019-20 season with two GS podiums. With these stellar results, Tommy made objective criteria for the upcoming 2021 FIS Ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, but will be sidelined. All the best to Tommy for a thorough recovery, and rest assured he will be back stronger.