Maxence Muzaton recalls miracle save from crash at skiing world championships

    Maxence Muzaton managed to miraculously land safely after a crash at the skiing world championships.

    (CNN)It might be one of the luckiest escapes in skiing, but it's not the moment Maxence Muzaton wants to be remembered for.

    The French skier was competing in the men's downhill world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, on Sunday when a slip at a turn caused him to lose control.
    Traveling at around 120 kilometers per hour (75-mph), Muzaton spun 180 degrees in the air and hurtled down the slope before miraculously landing in reverse and spinning round to face forward.
      "Getting on my skis was luck, I did not control (myself) enough in the air," 30-year-old Muzaton told CNN's Don Riddell.
      "When I hit the ground in the switch position, I controlled the stop and the speed, but in the air I controlled nothing. Landing on my skis was, I think, luck, for sure, more than skills."
      Unfortunately for Muzaton, who was competing in his fifth world championship event, the initial impact at the turn injured his knee. Initially fearing he would require surgery, a scan, much to his relief, revealed a ligament sprain and a bone bruise.
      "For most of the people who have seen the video, they are like, 'Wow, what a miracle -- what a save!'" said Muzaton.
      "But yes, it's a miracle the way I landed on my skis. It's not as bad as it could have been."
      Despite the injury, Muzaton acknowledged that the crash could have had far more serious consequences had he not been able to pirouette safely back onto his skis.