Mikaela Shiffrin: American airlifted to hospital after crash in Italy

Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin was airlifted to hospital after the crash halfway through her run

American superstar Mikaela Shiffrin was airlifted to hospital after crashing in Friday's women's downhill race in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The 28-year-old lost control halfway through her run and collided with the nets surrounding the slope in Italy.

US women's Alpine skiing head coach Paul Kristofic said Shiffrin's injuries "could have been worse" after scans appeared to show no ligament damage.

"She's actually quite good," he told AP news agency.

Earlier on Friday, the US Ski & Snowboard Team said Shiffrin would continue to be assessed but her anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in the left knee "seem intact".

Kristofic added: "She's positive and, in a certain way relieved, because it could have been worse. She's pretty sore, as you are for most speed crashes.

"But she was quite upbeat about things."

Shiffrin holds the all-time record of World Cup wins with 95 race victories.

Austrian Stephanie Venier claimed victory in Friday's downhill to secure her second World Cup win.

"Mikaela Shiffrin was taken by ambulance to the clinic in Cortina and is being evaluated for a left leg injury. Initial analysis shows the ACL and PCL seem intact. Further details to come," the team posted.

The race was interrupted for over 20 minutes before she was airlifted from the site by helicopter.

The crash comes days after Shiffrin extended her record of World Cup wins to 95 and claimed a landmark 150th podium of her career with a slalom victory in Jasna, Slovakia.

It was the first race since Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, the Olympic slalom champion and Shiffrin's closest rival, suffered a season-ending knee injury.