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Alpine skiing crash ends Swede's Games

Published: 4:54PM Saturday February 20, 2010 Source: Reuters

Patrik Jaerbyn's fifth Winter Olympics ended in pain when the 40-year-old crashed heavily in Saturday's super-G in another scary moment for Sweden's Alpine skiing team.

The race, won by Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, was delayed for several minutes after Jaerbyn, the 29th starter, hit a gate on the upper part of the icy Dave Murray course.

The Swede took off, landed heavily on his back and cartwheeled further before sliding down the course on his side.

The seasoned racer briefly lost consciousness but clenched his fists, indicating he was conscious, as he was brought down the hill on a stretcher.

Suffering from concussion and bruises to his face, he was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter.

"Patrik is doing OK," Sweden team doctor Per Liljeholm later told a news conference. "He has been to MRI screening and it turns out he has medium concussion. Thankfully the screening did not show any other injuries to the head."

The skier should be released from hospital on Sunday and would not be able to compete for four to six weeks, the doctor added. The super-G was his last event here.

Jaerbyn's crash was the second scare in a few days for the Sweden team after Anja Paerson flew nearly 60 metres off the final jump in the women's downhill on Thursday before recovering to take bronze in the super combined the next day.

A downhill bronze medallist at the 2007 world championships in Are, Sweden, Jaerbyn was 39 when he broke his own record as the oldest man to score a podium finish in a World Cup race by finishing third in a super-G in December 2008 at Val Gardena.

His best Olympic result is sixth place in the super-G at the 1998 Nagano Games. He came second-last in the opening men's event here, the downhill on Tuesday.

Several other competitors crashed out of Saturday's race, including Canadian hopes Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Robbie Dixon.

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