Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboarder Yuto Totsuka taken to hospital after ugly crash

Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboarder Yuto Totsuka taken to hospital after ugly crash

Japan's Yuto Totsuka was taken off the snow on a stretcher following a scary crash during the men's snowboarding halfpipe competition at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, that aired live in the United States on Tuesday.

"Really hope the kid is okay. he's just 16 years old and that was one of the worst crashes i've ever seen. really hope for the best for the kid", a Twitter user named Cameron Brady wrote in response to Totsuka's crash.

He was conscious and able to sit up before being assisted into a sled to be stretchered to medical assistance.

The accident comes after many athletes have spoken about the unsafe, windy conditions in Pyeongchang.

In the horrifying footage Totsuka can be seen bouncing off the lip of the frozen halfpipe before falling 22-feet down the ramp onto the solid surface below, where his body lies limp until medics arrive at the scene.


USA TODAY's Rachel Axon reported that Totsuka was taken to the hospital but had "no big injury", according to a Japanese official.

Competing in the women's event earlier in the week, Britain's Aimee Fuller came 17th having suffered a heavy crash on her second run.

While bronze medallist Enni Rukajarvi said: 'It was pretty bad.

Austria's Anna Gasser started the women's final at the Phoenix Snow Park as one of the medal contenders, but crashed on both runs - managing only 15th place.

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