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Global Rescue medically evacuates U.S. Ski Team racer after crash

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Global Rescue has medically evacuated injured U.S Ski Team downhiller TJ Lanning from Calgary, Alberta, to Vail, Colorado, after a crash that left the skier with a dislocated knee and a fractured vertebra in his neck.

Lanning was transported to Vail by a medically equipped Lear jet.

The Olympic hopeful caught an edge in the opening downhill and fell face-first before tumbling several times into the netting lining the trail. The crash occurred in the fastest section of the course where skiers have been clocked at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. He was airlifted off of the mountain and taken to the Foothills Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with a fractured C5 vertebra and a dislocated patella. Lanning elected to recover at the Vail Valley Medical Center.

Global Rescue is an emergency services company that provides best-in-class medical, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue and security services to individuals, corporations, travelers and expeditions worldwide. The company’s emergency response teams are composed of paramedics, physicians and security personnel, many of whom are veterans of elite special operations units of the U.S. Military. Through an exclusive relationship with Johns Hopkins, Global Rescue members benefit from the advisory services of some of the world’s finest physicians. The company utilizes only the finest contracted medical aircraft worldwide and will fly members to the domestic hospital of their choice in the event of an illness or injury requiring hospitalization.
Global Rescue is the official medical evacuation provider for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams.

For more information on these or other missions, visit, contact (617) 459-4200 or email [email protected]

Editor’s Note:
ATTA Member and Major Sponsor Global Rescue offers special services for adventure travelers worldwide. In this case, it’s a bit closer to home, but conveys the depth and speed of their services. They’ve many compelling “rescue” stories from around the globe. And, while we hope never to use their services, it offers a bit of extra insurance for the unexpected.

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