Norwegian ski jumper Daniel-André Tande was brought out of a coma over the weekend and was reportedly making progress at a hospital in Slovenia, after suffering a serious fall late last week. Teammates and rivals hailed him with a banner on the last day of the season in Planica.
“Daniel Andre Tande! All the best from Planica! See you soon!” read the banner held up and surrounded by ski jumpers from all over the world on Sunday. By Monday they were relieved to hear that Tande was conscious and had been able to speak with his family and the head of Norway’s national skiing federation.
He’d lost control during a training jump prior to competition at the ski-flying hill in Planica last Thursday. Video shows him tipping to the left in the air before he landed hard at 99 meters and remained motionless. Tande was rushed to hospital and was under treatment at the University Hospital in Ljubljana in less than an hour, a medical response that impressed Norwegian officials and for which they expressed deep gratitude.
He suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a punctured lung and was put into a coma at the hospital. “Daniel responded well,” Dr Guri Ranum Ekås, the national team’s doctor, told newspaper Aftenposten on Monday. The ski jumper’s coach Alexander Stöckl said all the support “means a lot to us. It shows how united the jumping family is, and that makes up proud to be part of this circus.” Norwegian ski jumper Halvor Egner Granerud ended up winning the World Cup after a strange season without cheering fans in the stands.