Japanese Snowboarder Stretchered Off After Nasty Halfpipe Crash At Olympics (VIDEOS)

Yuto Totsuka

The Olympics are meant to promote peace and a better world through sports, but that doesn’t mean they’re free from disastrous scenarios like the one that played out on the halfpipe during Day 5 in Pyeongchang.

Taking part in the men’s halfpipe competition, Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka suffered a nasty fall on his very first trick during the second of three runs in the finals. Totsuka appears to slam his head and back into the top of the halfpipe, leaving him in obvious pain as he slid back down to the bottom.

Here’s a look at the frightening collision:


Totsuka had to be stretchered off the course and taken to a nearby hospital. According to USA Today’s Rachel Axon, he was experiencing pain in his hip. Other than that, he was able to walk away without serious injury.

That’s good news. After watching the video, this obviously could have turned out much worse for Totsuka.

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