Austrian Matthias Lanzinger is shown at a press conference in Salzburg in 2008. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Matthias Lanzinger was an overall Europa Cup champion in 2007 and looked to be one of alpine skiing's up-and-coming stars. The next season, that was all taken away. During a Super-G event on March 2, 2008, the Austrian was involved in a horrific crash that suddenly ended his racing career and altered his life forever. Lanzinger smashed into a gate and tumbled violently down the hill, his leg turning around like a top in the process. In addition to the fracture he suffered to the leg, Lanzinger also lost circulation in it and eventually had to have it amputated below the knee. Needless to say, it was one of the worst crashes in skiing history.
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