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Alex Hofer (SUI2) withdraws from Red Bull X-Alps due to injury

22 June 2011
 
Swiss athlete Alex Hofer (SUI2) has withdrawn from the Red Bull X-Alps 2011 after incurring serious back injuries in a flying accident.

Alex was flying in the Swiss Alps, and encountered turbulent weather leading to a collapse of his glider. He used his emergency parachute but landed hard which led to his back injuries. The 34-year-old is currently in a Swiss hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Alex is the most successful Red Bull X-Alps athlete, winning the race as a rookie in 2005, winning again in 2007 and finishing second in 2009.

"We are very sorry Alex cannot take part in this year's race," said Red Bull X-Alps mastermind Hannes Arch. "Alex is an outstanding champion with a great history at the Red Bull X-Alps. The entire Red Bull X-Alps team wishes Alex a speedy recovery and hope to see him flying again soon."
 
 
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