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Man Dies After He's Struck by Another Skier

Jeffrey Behr, 51, died at Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Mountain Resort

(Newser) - A skier was killed Saturday night after he was accidentally struck by another skier at a Pennsylvania resort. State police in Somerset County say 51-year-old Jeffrey Behr of Delmont was skiing on the Wagner trail near the main lodge at Seven Springs Mountain Resort when another skier "inadvertently" struck... More »

Awful Faceplant Puts Olympic Ski Champ in Hospital

Switzerland's Simon Ammann slams into snow after 450-foot jump

(Newser) - Swiss skier Simon Ammann suffered facial injuries yesterday after a crash-landing at the Four Hills Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, the New York Daily News reports. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, eighth after the first round, came down from a 450-foot jump and slammed into the snow; emergency personnel immediately rushed out... More »

Helmet Cam Caused Racer's Injuries in Ski Crash: Journo

Michael Schumacher's son reportedly blaming GoPro camera for brain damage

(Newser) - Racing champ Michael Schumacher is still slowly recovering after serious brain damage sustained during a skiing accident last December, and the fingers are once again pointing toward a previously mentioned suspect to blame for his injuries: the camera mounted on his ski helmet. French journalist Jean-Louis Moncet claims that he... More »

Merkel Breaks Pelvis in 'Low-Speed' Ski Mishap

Has canceled visits, will rest for 3 weeks

(Newser) - Angela Merkel's posterior is making headlines this morning after she suffered "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis" after a "low speed" cross-country skiing accident while on holiday in Switzerland, a spokesman said, per the BBC and the AP... More »

Schumacher's Helmet Cam May Have Filmed Ski Accident

French investigators are examining the camera and any footage

(Newser) - Race-car champion Michael Schumacher remains in a coma after his skiing accident , and it's possible that the helmet that saved him from instant death might also shed light on what happened. That's because Schumacher had a high-tech GoPro camera attached to the helmet, reports the Daily Mail . Investigators... More »

Schumacher Would Be Dead If Not for Ski Helmet

But doctors won't say much more than that on the ex-F1 champ's prognosis

(Newser) - Michael Schumacher remains in an artificial coma, with his body temp lowered to 93.2 to 95 degrees, after hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps yesterday—and doctors are refusing to predict any outcome for the seven-time Formula One champ, reports the AP . Says... More »

Former F1 Champ Suffers 'Severe Brain Trauma' in Ski Crash

Michael Schumacher in critical condition at French hospital

(Newser) - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was hospitalized with a head injury today after a skiing accident in the French Alps, French authorities and his manager said. The French Mountain Gendarmerie said Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he had a hard fall at the Meribel resort and initially described... More »

Two Dead in Wyoming Ski Accident

Snowboarder and young girl pronounced dead at nearby hospital

(Newser) - Two people died and another was injured on Casper Mountain, Wyo., when a snowboarder collided with a 5-year-old girl and her mother yesterday, reports the Casper Star-Tribune . The three were taken to a nearby hospital, where the 22-year-old snowboarder and girl were pronounced dead. The mother remains hospitalized, with no... More »

X-Games Skier Dies in Calif. Fall

Vancouver Olympians mourn 'crazy skier' CR Johnson

(Newser) - Another winter sports death has cast its shadow over the Vancouver Olympics: Free skier CR Johnson, a fixture on the extreme sports circuit, died in a fall yesterday at California's Squaw Valley. A professional extreme skier, Johnson competed in superpipe and halfpipe skiing at the X Games. He hit his... More »

Skier Films Avalanche That Buries Him

Downhill racer whimpers and gasps as he awaits rescue by pals

(Newser) - A skier filming a treacherous run down an Alaska cliff ended up capturing an avalanche that buried him for several agonizing minutes as he whimpered and gasped for breath. The camera, still attached to his ski helmet as he lies on his back in the snowy grave, finally picks up... More »

BlackBerry Saves Skier From Death Plunge

(Newser) - A British skier who fell into a crevasse in the Swiss Alps was saved from plummeting 700 feet to his death when the BlackBerry in his breast pocket stopped his fall, the Telegraph reports. The extra width of the half-inch-thick gadget kept David Fitzherbert, 52, wedged firmly in place for... More »

Second-Guessing Lingers After Richardson's Death

(Newser) - Doctors in Quebec, where Natasha Richardson took her fatal ski-slope tumble, have been arguing since the 1990s for emergency air transport that might have saved her life, CNN reports. Care was delayed not only by the slow manifestation of symptoms from the epidural hematoma she suffered, but also by the... More »

Radio Dispatches Recount Bid to Save Richardson

Medics race to save star's life

(Newser) - Almost a week after family and friends bid their final goodbyes to Natasha Richardson, the Globe and Mail  examines radio exchanges between paramedics and 911 operators during the star’s last conscious hours. As she was being taken from her hotel room to the nearest hospital, vital signs were good,... More »

Richardson's Family Bids Final Farewell

Will be placed near grandmother's grave in upstate NY

(Newser) - Close family and friends gathered this afternoon in a tiny white church in upstate New York to say goodbye to Natasha Richardson, the AP reports. The actress’ body was to be laid to rest near her grandmother’s grave after a private service at 2pm, reports the New York Daily ... More »

Redgrave Sang Lullaby to Dying Daughter

Legend sang Edelweiss for daughter

(Newser) - Vanessa Redgrave serenaded Natasha Richardson with a lullaby from The Sound of the Music in her final moments, the Daily Mail reports. Redgrave caressed her daughter’s face as she sang the melody from "Edelweiss," which she had performed for Richardson’s first marriage 19 years ago. More »

Richardson Rejected Ski Helmet

$10 helmet could have saved actress' life

(Newser) - Natasha Richardson turned down a $10 ski helmet that could have saved her life, workers at the Mont Tremblant ski resort tell the Sun. Employees say the actress was cheerful but a little nervous ahead of the ski lesson that led to her fatal fall. She told staff she wasn't... More »

Richardson Waited 4 Hours Before Seeking Treatment

(Newser) - Natasha Richardson wasn’t admitted to the hospital until nearly 4 hours after she’d taken her fateful tumble, almost 3 hours later than the ski resort officials claimed Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Ambulance dispatch records show that the first paramedics to arrive at 1pm were waved off... More »

Tragedy Shadows Richardson's Family

Richardson's death adds to misfortunes of acting dynasty

(Newser) - Natasha Richardson's death has added a grim chapter to a history of misfortunes in the Redgrave family, the Telegraph reports. Various marital failures and controversies have often led to speculation about a Redgrave "curse"—something Richardson always dismissed. Richardson herself went through an acrimonious divorce; when she married... More »

LiLo Mourns Parent Trap Mom

Lohan worked with Natasha Richardson 11 years ago

(Newser) - Parent Trap co-star Lindsay Lohan is remembering on-screen mom Natasha Richardson fondly, reports USA Today. "She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own," the starlet said of their work on the 1998 remake. "I didn't see much of her over... More »

Ambulance Was Turned Away After Richardson Accident

When ambulance was called again, actress 'wasn't in good shape'

(Newser) - Potentially life-saving paramedics were turned away before they could examine Natasha Richardson after the Canadian ski accident that claimed her life, reports the Globe and Mail. Ski patrollers had requested an ambulance after the actress stuck her head in a fall on a beginners slope at Mont Tremblant in Quebec,... More »

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