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MADONNA di CAMPIGLIO, Italy -
Talk about a close call.
Downhill skiing champion Marcel Hirscher was nearly clobbered during a race in Italy after a drone carrying a TV camera fell out of the sky and onto the slopes.
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The Austrian was on his second run in a race in Madonna di Campiglio when the drone crashed into the snow just inches behind him. Hirscher didn't seem to notice and continued on but later learned that he was almost taken out.
According to The Guardian, the 26-year-old, who finished second, has won the overall World Cup title for the past four seasons and was an Olympic silver medallist in 2014.
Hirscher later tweeted about the close call with the hashtag #luckyme.
The International Ski Federation is now banning camera drones.
Watch the video HERE.