Markus Schairer falls during snowboard cross, suffers fractured vertebra

Annette Crawford
February 16, 2018

Schairer, running in fourth place heading into the penultimate jump, landed on his back.

Schairer stayed on the ground for a few moments before finishing his ride down the hill.

An Austrian snowboarder broke his neck in a crash Thursday, but doctors have ruled out serious permanent damage, the Austrian Olympic committee said in a statement.

While the injury sounds awful, the committee said Schairer was in stable condition and had shown no signs of long-term neurological damage, according to USA Today. 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. There are no neurological impairments, and no risk of further damage, the Austrian Olympic Committee announced.

Schairer had crashed on an earlier run in PyeongChang as well.

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The Winter Olympics featured another terrifying crash on Thursday, this time in the men's snowboardcross event.

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

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.

In December 2013, Schairer tore four ligaments in his shoulder and fractured a joint during training in Canada, according to his Olympic bio.


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