Canadian skier Horst Bulau was injured on March 17 while practicing for the world ski-flying championships in Harrachov.
1. GV: Horst Bulau loses balance in mid-air and lands awkwardly, slides along landing strip 0.15
2. SV AND GV: Shot 1. Repeated in slow motion from different angle. 1.35
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Background: HARRACHOV, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Canadian skier Horst Bulau was injured on March 17 while practicing for the world ski-flying championships in Harrachov. He had successfully taken off and was in mid-air when he seemed to lose his balance. He landed on one leg and his momentum kept him rolling downhill for several metres. When seen again in slow motion, the pounding he took became visible, and when he finally came to rest, his face and nose were bleeding. But his safety helmet prevented him from further facial injury and he recovered several days later from concussion.
At the time of his accident, Bulau was believed to have been suffering from an ear infection, and this may have affected his inner balance. The ski-flying, not recognised as an Olympic event, was won the following day by Nykanen of Finland.
After his recovery, Bulau planned to participate in the finals of the world ski-jumping championships, to be held in Planica, Yugoslavia on March 26 and 27. He was lying in second place and had an outside chance of taking the title at Planica.