NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 10:12 AM
Talk about a slap in the face.
A top downhill racer was skiing close to 80 miles per hour Tuesday when he collided with one of the gates marking a race course, then dragged the equipment behind him for more than a minute of racing.
Christof Innerhofer of Italy speeds down the course with a part of a gate panel caught up in his equipment during Tuesday’s men’s downhill race.
Video of the run shows Christof Innerhofer of Italy with the fluorescent orange gate panel wrapped around his neck and torso while he flies off a jump, his goggles pulled low on his face and the heavy plastic gate trailing behind him at a recorded speed of 86 miles per hour.
Christof Innerhofer of Italy almost reaches the podium despite the mishap with the gate panel.
The gate detaches after about 30 seconds, but the panel stays wrapped around his neck like a cape for the duration of his run. Innerhofer managed to finish fourth in the race, a World Cup downhill at Santa Caterina Valfurva in northern Italy, missing the podium by just 0.07 seconds.