Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports

Skiing is extremely hard, and that goes double for professional racers. Imagine gunning down a mountain at speeds well over 50 miles per hour on two planks of some super-lightweight carbon fiber material, weaving in and out of flags, all the while knowing one small slip or stumble could be a career-ending injury, or worse.

Now it looks like skiers might have an additional element to be weary of when cruising down a mountain at full speed. Drones.

Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher, 26, is widely regarded as one of the best skiers in the world. Hirscher was competing in a slalom competition in Italy when suddenly a drone fell out of the sky and nearly hit the skier as we weaved throughout the course.

Thankfully the drone missed Hirscher, but if it didn’t it would almost certainly have resulted in an extremely serious injury for the skier, or even death.

“This is horrible,” Hirscher told reporters after the incident. “This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.”

The International Ski Federation has announced that it will now be banning camera drones from all of their World Cup races following the incident.

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