Halfpipe skier Simon d'Artois injured in fall

LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Published:

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Canadian halfpipe skier Simon d'Artois was been airlifted to a hospital after falling hard on his head and shoulder.

U.S. Grand Prix spokeswoman Krista Parry says d'Artois was awake and alert Saturday.

D'Artois fell near the end of the 22-foot superpipe and slid to the bottom. He was wearing a neck brace as he was taken off the hill on a medical sled. He flashed a "rock on" sign with his right hand.

Five of the 12 men in the finals fell Saturday. France's Benoit Valentin appeared to injure his left knee.

The halfpipe is the same event where Canadian freestyle pioneer Sarah Burke crashed last year while training and died a week later from the injuries.

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