U.S. Ski Team athlete Marco Sullivan is at home in the Lake Tahoe area and recovering after a frightening crash during World Cup downhill training in Bormio, Italy. Sullivan lost control after landing a jump on the slippery Stelvio course. He hit his head hard on the ice, and suffered a concussion.
Sullivan was medically evacuated via helicopter to a local hospital in Sordino, Italy, for initial stabilization and testing and then on to a neurological facility in Innsbruck.
U.S. Ski Team doctors communicated constantly with Global Rescue medical staff regarding the athlete’s treatment while in the Alpine hospitals. Global Rescue and Johns Hopkins physicians confirmed the diagnosis of a subdural hematoma – a potentially life-threatening condition if left unmonitored — and recommended he be transferred to a facility in the United States for further testing. The company dispatched a paramedic to the Alps to assist the athlete during his medical evacuation from Europe to his home near Squaw Valley, CA.
Global Rescue is the official provider of medical, security, advisory and evacuation services to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).
The date of Sullivan’s return to training remains unknown, according to the USSA.
“Marco’s status at this point is that he is out of competition and home rehabilitating with return undetermined at this time,” the USSA’s medical director, Kyle Wilkens, said.