Organizers of a men's World Cup slalom say that a gate keeper went into cardiac arrest and died while working at the night race Tuesday.
The race was delayed for about 15 minutes during the first run after the first eight starters when the man fell ill. Organizers say medical personnel attempted to resuscitate him for about an hour before he was declared dead.
The man was identified as a ski instructor in Madonna di Campiglio. His name was not released because his family could not immediately be notified.
Organizers say the man had a history of heart problems.
Gate keepers observe racers to make sure they go around each gate correctly and are usually assigned two or three gates in slalom races.