Gee Atherton's Horrible Crash at Mont Sainte Anne 2012 34

Gee Atherton gets nose-heavy off a step down during the DH practice at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup. Last year the radar guns clocked Gee at 53kph through this section. Gee is doing ok and is talking of riding in practice tomorrow. We're all glad you're ok!

Don't miss Vital's daily World Cup coverage.

Credit: Hiroyuki Nakagawa/Sven Martin

sspomer 6/21/2012 5:19 PM

Create New Tag

34 comments newest first

The only comment that I see a problem with is yours. Pretty sure the rest of us are just having a friendly discussion about bikes.

| Reply

Amazing. Looks like he rolled faster than most people rode that section

| Reply

Jeebus! That was brutally savage.

I would think it was more user-related in regards to the cause of the crash. He did mention it was his first attempt at a full run AND he is still technically recovering from a broken leg.

Whatever the case, it's good to know he walked away from that one and can ride another day!

| Reply

Gee has always been pushing at the very limit, and has taken a bunch of big crashes over the years. At the speeds these guys are now going (especially since Gwin upped the level for everybody AGAIN), all it takes is for you to be a little bit off your timing on a jump like this, and you'll get bucked.

| Reply

Years on predictable, simple, single pivots and hardly a crash and now he's on that thing where your mass is hanging off the swingarm (god knows how much unsprung mass and rotational friction that ads) and he's nearly died three times. Watch some vids of his recent runs in comparison to other riders like Hill and Gwinn and you can see him getting pitched forward when he hits square edge and ruts fast.

| Reply

Gee had many OTB type crashes over the years on every bike he has ridden. He rode most of last year with concussion from multiple crashed on commencal. He is faster on the GT his splits have proved it, just had a bit of bad luck in Ft Bill and RSA otherwise those podiums could have just as easy been wins.

| Reply

what do u blame 1st (rachell) 3rd (gee) and 4th (beumont) at val di soul on then. gee 3rd at ft william. isnt gt the top team right now. stupid bike

| Reply

I'm surprised at how much flack people are giving those of us who think this is an equipment issue. The great results are due a great rider doing an incredible job with the tools he is given. I'm with JCL, he looks way less stable on this bike than he did in years past. He's been one of the fastest for years, why is he only crashing huge this year? Why not before? Yeah, I could be wrong, but is it really that far fetched? Anyway, doesn't really matter, glad he's ok.

| Reply

I just have the feeling that with every rider pushing the limits more and more for the top spots, chances are taken at an increasing rate. When that translate into a crash, it is always more spectacular, and if you look at GT's & One presentation video, it does not seem like the bike is a problem.. That's probably just a mistake. We are all glad he is OK !!!

| Reply

I think Marc is used to the bike, Rachel, with all due respect isn't riding at anything like the speed those guys are where the bike has to react instantly. With Gee I think he's use to a bike that was very supple, especially the earlier Boss link designed Supreme DH. Personally I think the i-Drive design is a bit of a gimmick and might even be a hindrance at that level.

When I say used to the bike, I mean riding around it's problems.

| Reply

so funny the speculation that its equipment related. If you are not pushing it like these guys in practice (& Race and Quali) you are not going to be on the podium. Lots of the top riders had big crashes today. Combination of track speed and conditions and just manning up. These guys are in the gym 75 % of the time just to prevent injuries such as this. 99 % of us normal riders wouldn't be able to even walk for week or we would be broken after a crash like this.

| Reply

IF YOU'RE NOT PULLING "FACTS" OUT OF YOUR BUTT 87% OF THE TIME TO WIN A FIGHT ON THE INTERNET THEN YOU ARE NOT A REAL WOLF.

| Reply

This is what seperates the pro athletes from the rest of us. HARDCORE. And to think he also broke his leg, what, just 3 months ago?

If that happened to me (not that I'd ever have the balls to go that fast), I'd be taking the trip home in a wooden box.

| Reply

wow, that's just awful. Everyone knows Gee is an incredible rider, I personally doubt it's the equipment, at that level. Maybe just bad luck? Hopefully he's mentally and physically ready to ride %100 on Sunday, but I'm not sure how that would be really possible after that.

| Reply

Gee seems like too good of a rider to suffer two large OTB jump crashes in such a short span. I don't claim to know the reason, and maybe its just fluke, but you can't blame anyone for questioning the equipment. especially the rear shock. Or maybe the new pro trick is to run zero rear rebound damping?

| Reply

second crash "nose-heavy"... full carbon frame (pretty light) and a fox 40 on the front... would it be the cause???
I'm glad he is OK, by the way...

| Reply
Show More Comment(s)