It’s each snowboarder’s worst nightmare.
Japan’s Yuto Totsuka, making a descent in the course of the second run of the lads’s halfpipe last Wednesday, caught the tip of his board on the halfpipe’s edge and commenced falling backwards from the 22 ft, whereas Olympics primetime viewers gasped.
Totsuka got here crashing to the snow on his higher again, simply lacking his head, earlier than flipping and sliding on the snow and coming to a halt together with his head in his palms. A gaggle of medics rushed out and ultimately helped Totsuka off his again and into the awaiting sled.
The sixteen-yr-previous was taken to the hospital with “no massive damage” besides ache in his hip, in accordance with Japan’s press officer by way of USA At this time.
Totsuka’s compatriot, Ayuma Hirano, claimed the silver medal, scoring simply behind gold-medal winner Shaun White. Australia’s Scotty James took bronze.