CALGARY, Canada — A doctor with the Austrian ski team was killed by a snow grooming machine Thursday in a skiing accident between runs of the men's giant slalom on Mt. Allan in the Winter Olympics, officials said.
Joerg Oberhammer, 47, a team doctor for the Austrian Ski Federation and his nation's leading knee specialist, died when he fell beneath the machine after colliding with another skier.
It took about seven hours after the accident to receive confirmation of the doctor's death because of difficulty in identifying the body.
The other skier, who was not identified, was hospitalized for shock at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
"Two skiers ran into each other, two males, and one fell under a snow grooming machine and was killed instantly," said Othmar Stein, a spokesman for the Olympic Organizing Committee.