When Austrian Alpine Skier Marcel Hirscher made his way down the course during the World Cup Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, gates weren't his only obstacle. In a miraculous near miss, what looks to be a very expensive drone made an explosive appearance only ten seconds into the run. As the drone shattered into tiny pieces, a very loud message about the dangers of drone use in professional sports was exemplified on the world stage.
Seemingly unfazed, Hirscher would complete his second run of the night to temporarily take first place, only to be later beat by Norweigan Henrik Kristofferson. Following the crash, Hirscher commented to the Associated Press: “This is horrible! This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.” Keeping a good sense of humor about what could have been much worse, Hirscher later tweeted: "Heavy air traffic in Italy. #luckyme."
It seems the narrow margin of escape from these potential disasters is getting narrower and narrower. Perhaps it is only a matter of time before an accident like this ends horribly in such a public arena. What kind of safety measures could prevent this in the future? Is this just a random fluke or a precursor to a new age of potential disasters surrounding aerial photography in sports?
[via NBC NEWS]