SALT LAKE CITY - Scott Macartney knew he was having a great run.
He was moving fast over the ice and snow, through the ski-chattering turns, as he soared above the steep Austrian mountain. It wasn't until almost the end that Macartney's downhill run turned into disaster.
His takeoff on the final jump at Kitzbuehel was uneven. His left ski started to drift and his body followed, helplessly twisting before he slammed his head in a horrific crash.
Other than a few scrapes on his face that were still visible more than a week after the Jan. 19 crash, Macartney says he is fine. His head, however, is still a little cloudy. And until the fog is completely gone, Macartney is grounded.
Still recovering from the concussion he suffered, Macartney talked this week about the incident.
How fast did everything happen?
You go right from, 'I might be all right,' to, 'Oh, I'm in trouble.' It's really that fast.
This isn't a common injury for Alpine ski racers. What's your prognosis?
It's very important that you get this one right. You just wait for the body to recover. I feel OK, but I don't feel great, and I don't feel as sharp as I should. It's that sharpness that's worrisome.
You were clocked at almost 90 mph just before the last jump and landed hard enough to break your helmet. What were your thoughts when you saw what was left of your helmet?
This one, I mean it's destroyed.
You felt your right ski drop and left one start to rise as soon as you went airborne, and your skis were pointed sideways when you hit. That must be a helpless feeling.
As soon as that happens, you land and it's just an explosion. I was thinking about trying to do everything I could to land on my feet and keep going.
How much time do you think you will miss?
It's a different strategy than doing a knee or a back or something else I've been through. I need my mind to think clearly.