Snowboarder breaks neck in horror mishap

17 February, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Snowboard- Winter Olympics Day 6

Schairer broke the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck when he crashed his snowboard during the men's snowboard cross quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 15, Yahoo Sports reported.

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer took a nasty fall during a quarterfinal race in snowboard cross at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The three-time Olympian landed on his back, and his protective goggles flew off during the crash landing.

The result of the crash was a broken neck, but there will not be serious permanent damage, according to doctors that evaluated the injury.

It was later revealed that Schairer broke a bone in his neck from the crash, but the 30-year-old unbelievably got to his feet and finished the race.

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"The good news: Neurological impairments are not present, consequential damage can now be ruled out".

The Austrian Olympic Committee announced that he suffered a fracture of the fifth vertebra, but he's in stable condition. "In addition, the Vorarlberger pulled an elbow injury".

"Neurological impairments are not present", and "consequential damage can now be ruled out", the organization said, adding that he suffered an elbow injury.

Descending from his jump, the front of Schairer's board begins to point towards the sky as his back goes horizontal.

His crash was just one of a number of hairy moments throughout the chaotic event. While training in 2013, Markus fractured a joint and tore four ligaments in his left shoulder.



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