Skier sent tumbling in spectacular crash in Big Mountain Championships

Skier sent tumbling in spectacular crash in Big Mountain Championships

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Skier sent tumbling in spectacular crash in Big Mountain Championships

Several riders crashed during the 2018 Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships in Sweden last week, but none was as spectacular as the one Sofia Wikström endured in the women’s skiing division.

Wikström lost her balance on the first major jump in the video and fell out of control over a bigger jump, barely missing the rocks upon her landing.

She then slightly glanced off a single rock in the snow before tumbling down the mountain in rag-doll fashion in a scary crash that lasted more than 15 seconds, as the video cut out before she came to a complete stop.

Sofia Wikström just before losing control in Big Mountain Championships. Photo is a screen grab.

Fortunately, the 21-year-old was seen walking away from the crash with what appeared to be only minor injuries.

Her mother, Anna-Karin Wikström, told AftonBladet that she “managed to recover from scratch wounds and a worn-out wrist” and added that “it looked worse than it was.”

Per Jonsson told SVT that “it could have ended worse, I think—she landed just after than last ridge,” meaning she just missed striking that large rock outcropping.

Anna-Karin Wikström told SVT she hasn’t seen the video and doesn’t plan on watching it.

The Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships have been staged annually since 1992 and are the world’s original big mountain competition. This year, 150 riders were entered in the event located in Riksgränsen, located above the Arctic Circle on the border between Sweden and Norway.

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