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.
The 30-year-old was on the verge of cementing his place in the semi-finals of the snowboard cross event when he suddenly lost his balance trying to negotiate the final jump.
He was up in the air for what seemed like an age and when he came down, his back and neck took the full force of the impact.
Amazingly, Schairer was somehow able to get to his feet after the crash, even managing to congratulate his fellow competitors, but he did appear to be in a state of shock.
Once away from the track, the Austrian was checked out by the team medical staff and was then rushed to hospital suffering from intense chest pains.
Tests are believed to have shown that Schairer had fractured the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck and he would be returned back home to Austria immediately to undergo further treatment.
This was Schairer’s first Olympics, but the dream has turned into a nightmare for the veteran with this horror crash being his second major incident of the competition
He injured his elbow a few days previous, but was diagnosed as fit enough to keep going and had high hopes of making it to the final.
Watch the horror crash in the video below.
The organisers in South Korea have come under heavy criticism since the event began with many entrants citing the track as too dangerous.
Indeed, one of the competitors in the shape of Schairer’s fellow Austrian Alessandro Haemmerle took to the media to complain.
“I’m just glad that I’m down safe, that’s amazing!” he said in a report in the Express.
In the end, the gold went to Frenchman Pierre Vaultier who retained his Olympic snowboard cross title beating Australia’s Jarryd Hughes and Spain’s Regino Hernandez in a sensational finish.
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