World of Sport

Italian skiing star survives 60mph somersault crash

Italian skiing star Peter Fill walked away from an incredible accident during Saturday's Alpine Skiing World Cup downhill race at Kitzbuehel.

The 30-year-old - a former World Cup race winner and World Championship silver medallist - had got off to a stunning start in his run at the Tyrolean resort, having mastered the highly technical opening section of the piste.

But that's when things started to go horribly wrong: for some reason, the former mechanic lost his balance on a sharp right-hand turn at 60mph, hitting the barrier at the side of the course and pirouetting through the air.

Amazingly, Fill almost landed safely after a perfect 360-degree inverted spin, but he could not hang on and fell to the snow.

Still, his athleticism and quick thinking in spinning through the air turned what could have been a horrifying smash into a relatively soft landing, and Fill was able to ski away unharmed.