Skier Marcel Hirscher was almost crushed by a drone. (Video.)

Watch a World Cup Skier Narrowly Escape Being Crushed by a Drone Midrace

Watch a World Cup Skier Narrowly Escape Being Crushed by a Drone Midrace

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Dec. 23 2015 12:24 PM

Look at How Close This World Cup Skier Came to Being Crushed By a Drone

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Austria's Marcel Hirscher clears a gate during the first run of the Men's Slalom event of the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio on December 22, 2015.

Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

For world-class ski racers, mere hundredths of a second can mean the difference between victory and defeat. On Tuesday night, though, for Marcel Hirscher, split seconds were the difference between having a camera-carrying drone crash down on his head and escaping unscathed.

"I didn't know what it was, but I felt something," Hirscher, a two-time overall world champ from Austria, told the Associated Press after his second-place finish in the event in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. "You don't want to think about what could have happened when 10 kilograms (22 pounds) are coming down 20 meters (65 feet). That would have been a very serious, bad injury. There are a lot of cool things nowadays. But you have to guarantee the safety—and that was just insane."

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The international ski federation (known as the FIS) announced Wednesday that it would ban camera drones at races moving forward.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.