Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was injured when he fell down a hill in Wengen

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was injured in a crash near the finish line of the World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, on Saturday.

Kilde, the world's top downhiller for the previous two seasons, fell within sight of the finish line, slid into the safety net, bounced off it and slid on to the finish line. He sat up as the support staff came to help him.

A small band was attached around his right leg and a few minutes later a helicopter flew over him to transport him away from the venue.

In alpine skiing, a helicopter is often used to transport injured athletes to a nearby hospital for further care.

The race was stopped for about 30 minutes. The winner was world champion Marco Odermatt from Switzerland, who raced ahead of Kilde.

Kilde has six World Cup podiums this season following eight wins last season and silver in the downhill and super-G at last February's world championships.

Kilde has been dealing with the flu this week, according to the International Ski Federation.

Kilde's fall came one day after Frenchman Alexis Pinturault crashed in the Wengen super-G and was airlifted from the field with what was later diagnosed as a season-ending ACL tear. Pinturault succeeded Kilde as overall World Cup champion in 2021.

Ferdinand Medina

"Internet evangelist. Twitter fanatic. Hardcore entrepreneur. Incurable analyst. Extreme food junkie. Unapologetic tv maven. Reader."