A drone crashed to Earth during a World Cup slalom ski race in Italy today, nearly hitting skier Marcel Hirscher. The drone belonged to a TV broadcast crew and carried a heavy camera on it.
Hirscher, a four-time defending overall World Cup champion, appeared not to notice the drone crash that happened just over his right shoulder as he came down the slope. He came in second on this particular downhill race, edged out by Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. Hirscher maintains the lead in the competition overall.
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Still, the 26-year-old Austrian skier sounded outraged by the time he spoke to the Associated Press. “This is horrible,” Hirscher said. "This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.''