Fans and television audiences 'obviously wait for something like this', Ortlieb told the Austrian magazine, Profil. 'Sometimes the people need someone who dies, so they have a hero,' he said.
In an unvarnished analysis, Ortlieb said the World Cup ski circus was there to provide sensational television. 'Kitzbuhel is nothing more than a perfectly staged show,' he said of Austria's top downhill venue.
Spectacular accidents were replayed repeatedly 'in slow motion', overshadowing the actual race winner's run. Television 'lives off the crashes', he added. 'The fans want to have this show. Our sport lives off the fans.'Reuse content