Injury rules Kelly Gallagher out of World Para Alpine skiing championships
Northern Ireland paralympic skiing champion Kelly Gallagher has suffered serious injury in a crash during training.
The visually impaired skier suffered a dislocated elbow and three fractured ribs in the crash ahead of this week's World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio in Italy.
After landing a jump the 31-year-old crashed into netting. She was later airlifted to hospital after receiving treatment on the course.
Gallagher (31) became a household name in 2014 when she won Team GB's first ever gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. The visually impaired skier claimed victory in the Super-G event in Sochi in Russia alongside her guide, Charlotte Evans from Kent.
For Kelly, who suffers from a condition called oculocutaneous albinism which affects the pigment in her hair, skin and eyes, it was a spectacular triumph that captured the imagination of everyone in the UK including royalty, politicians and celebrities with Victoria Beckham among those sending congratulations.
In a statement, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said: "World Para Alpine Skiing takes the safety of athletes very seriously.
"Following the feedback the jump was removed and another inspection by both the coaches and the athletes was carried out before training resumed.
"We wish Kelly a speedy recovery and hope she can return to competition very soon."
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