Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

16-Year-Old Snowboarding Sensation Suffers Sickening Crash In Halfpipe Final

16-Year-Old Snowboarding Sensation Suffers Sickening Crash In Halfpipe Final

Olympics fans across the Internet quickly shared similar sentiments, with well-wishers offering the Totsuka sympathy and hopes for a speedy recovery.

"Scary scene at the halfpipe".

The 16-year-old landed backside-first on the edge and fell on his back again into the halfpipe before coming to a halt in the middle of the PyeongChang course. "He was moving, but getting dragged off on a stretcher", the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore wrote on Twitter.

Totsuka had just begun his second of three runs and appeared to be attempting a complex trick when disaster struck.

Thankfully, despite how shocking the fall looked, a press officer from Team Japan has reportedly said Totsuka managed to escape with only minor hip damage.


- With reporting from Sean Gregory in Bongpyeong.

In the aftermath of the crash, the Olympic Park has been evacuated and events postponed as wind became too forceful to continue.

Totsuka had scored 39.25 in his opening run.

Paramedics rushed to his aid and, despite Totsuka being in clear pain, he was able to sit up as they treated him.

'I think it was not a good show for women's snowboarding'.

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