Olympic Snowboarder Breaks His Neck in Awful Fall During His Quarterfinal Heat

Pauline Gross
February 17, 2018

An Austrian snowboarder's Olympic dreams came to a halt Thursday when he broke his neck during a quarterfinals competition. As he hit the final jump, he lost control, flew through the air - it's hard to watch - and landed horrifically on his upper back and neck right. Judging from the video of the crash, it remains unclear what exactly sent him flailing skyward horizontally - ultimately bouncing off the landing on his back losing his goggles.

This is the shocking moment Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer broke a bone in his neck after a horrific crash at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Like a freaking badass, Schairer then got up and finished the race, though he was formally disqualified.

Schairer, 30, fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae but remained in stable condition without permanent damage, the committee said in a statement, according to NBC News. Thankfully experts don't think there will be any long-term damage or neurological issues.

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The committee said Schairer will return to Austria for further treatment.

Schairer himself has dealt with a torn ligaments in his shoulder, a ruptured ligament in his knee and five broken ribs in the past.

This is not the first serious injury that Schairer, who also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, has suffered while racing.

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