Brendan Fairclough and others who were with him have confirmed that he has no broken bones, but has a deep 15-20 cm gash to his quadriceps. It took 10 cm of internal stitches within the muscle, then more stitches at the surface to close the open wound. Brendan doesn't know exactly how many stitches he has. He currently has three tubes draining blood from his leg that are scheduled to be removed tomorrow, and he shared an Instagram story showing that he can hobble around the hospital and bear some amount of weight on the leg. He is currently on antibiotics and hopes to leave the hospital tomorrow.
Rumor has it that he's already talking about a return for Rampage, so don't count him out just yet.
Original story below.
Brendan Fairclough was airlifted from the Lenzerheide downhill World Cup today after a nasty crash in practice. It was initially thought that he had an open femur fracture, but it now appears that he thankfully didn't break any bones and instead has a deep cut to his thigh.
We received word that he crashed on a triple in the woods, right after the new high-speed bridge jump. It's a fast, demanding section and he slammed down onto a jagged boulder, cutting his thigh open. His mechanic posted that he will have an operation to repair the wound and inspect the leg for further damage.
We have reached out to Brendan and his team for more information and wish him all the best in his recovery. We will update this story when we know more.