29 year old Austrian Skier Hans Grugger suffered a horrible crash during a training run at Streif Course, check out the latest news about his condition, did he really have brain surgery? Learn a little bit more about him from his biography in our story and be the witness of his horrible fall in the crash video that has everyone talking.
Hans Grugger was born on December 13, 1981 in Hofgastein, Austria. He is the son of Catherine Grugger and Alois, a retired carpenter who now joins his wife at her diner. Hans’ other siblings are sister Karin and brothers Simon, Lois, Adi and Stefan. His older brother Adi is a former ski jumper while Simon is a massage therapist which is very helpful for their young brother.
Grugger started skiing at a very early age, three years old to be exact. Since that age he got on his skis and never let go of them, a few years later he was winning his first competition and by age 15 he became part of the Salzburg-Ski team. He competed at the 2003 World Cup in Alberta, Canada where he finished 7th, in December of 2004 he won first place at the World Cup in Bornio, Italy (Downhill), 2nd at the FIS Championships in Bad Hofgastein, and first place at the FIS World Cup in Val Gardena, (Super G) in December of 2005. He won the Super-G race in 2007 in Norway.
Besides skiing, Hans likes to play golf during the summer, in-line skating, mountain climbing, doing puzzles, cooking and photography.
This fantastic, kind skier found himself in a horrific crash while he was performing a training long distance jump on Thursday. He lost his balance while landing after a mousetrap-jump, he remained unconscious and was immediately lifted by a helicopter who took him to University Hospital Innsbruck where he was treated with substantial injuries to his brain and chest. He was scheduled to have brain surgery but no reports of his condition have been released. You can see photos of the moments after his crash here.
“The patient’s condition can only be judged based on the operation and the time immediately afterward,” said Alexandra Kofler, Hospital Director.
More updates about his condition will be released as soon as they are confirmed. Meanwhile take a look at Hans Grugger’s shocking crash video and take a moment to express your comments and/or send a message.
(Note: The Skier in the picture is not Hans Grugger)