A free-falling drone nearly crashed into one of the world's best skiers in the middle of a race

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Drone Smashes Next To Slalom Skier Marcel Hirscher During Skiing World Cup

Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided what would have been a scary and somewhat surreal accident during the World Cup slalom in Italy when a drone came tumbling out of the sky and crashed into the mountain right as Hirscher flew past.

Here's video (via Nick Zaccardi):

Hirscher still managed to take second in the event, which is pretty good when you also have to stave off stray, out-of-control drones mid-race.

Hirscher seemed to take the near-decapitation lightly, posting an Instagram afterward with the caption, "Heavy air traffic in Italy":

Heavy air traffic in Italy 😳 #crazy #drone #crash #luckyme

A photo posted by Marcel Hirscher (@marcel__hirscher) on

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A free-falling drone nearly crashed into one of the world's best skiers in the middle of a race
A photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows the TV broadcast drone which crashed behind a skier during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Men's Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, before the first leg. Austria's Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided serious injury when a drone fell to the ground during the alpine skiing World Cup slalom on December 22 won by Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows the TV broadcast drone which crashed behind a skier during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Men's Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, before the first leg. Austria's Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided serious injury when a drone fell to the ground during the alpine skiing World Cup slalom on December 22 won by Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows the TV broadcast drone which crashed behind a skier during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Men's Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, before the first leg. Austria's Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided serious injury when a drone fell to the ground during the alpine skiing World Cup slalom on December 22 won by Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen at the Italian resort of Madonna di Campiglio. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: (FRANCE OUT) Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway takes 1st place, Marcel Hirscher of Austria takes 2nd place, Marco Schwarz of Austria takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on December 22, 2015 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: (FRANCE OUT) Marcel Hirscher of Austria takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on December 22, 2015 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
ALTA BADIA, ITALY - DECEMBER 20: (FRANCE OUT) Marcel Hirscher of Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on December 20, 2015 in Alta Badia, Italy. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Austria's Marcel Hirscher clears a gate during the first run of the Men's Slalom event of the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio on December 22, 2015. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Austria's Marcel Hirscher clears a gate during the first run of the Men's Slalom event of the FIS Ski World Cup in Madonna di Campiglio on December 22, 2015. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: (FRANCE OUT) Marcel Hirscher of Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on December 22, 2015 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: (FRANCE OUT) Marcel Hirscher of Austria competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on December 22, 2015 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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