Markus Schairer, 30: Snowboard Breaks His Neck In Terrifying Olympics Crash

Clyde Nash
February 16, 2018

Markus Schairer, an Austrian snowboarder, broke his neck during a fall in a quarterfinals race on Thursday at the Winter Olympics but still managed to finish his run. The result of the crash was a broken neck, but there will not be serious permanent damage, according to doctors that evaluated the injury. He fell to the ground back-first with a hard, sudden crash that sent his goggles flying off of his helmet.

The Austrian Olympic Committee says Schairer fractured the fifth vertebrae in his neck.

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The AOC added that there was no "neurological impairment and consequential damage can be ruled out". They said the athlete would soon be transported to Austria for further medical attention.

Schairer was in fourth place before his fall, The Washington Post reported, and had hurt his elbow in a crash during an earlier run.

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Schairer was checked out by the medical team after the race and was reportedly rushed to hospital after complaining of severe chest pains.

The Winter Olympics have been criticised in recent days for the windy conditions and yesterday, a Japanese snowboarder suffered a shocking crash in the finals of the men's halfpipe competition.

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Schairer has suffered other injuries in the past, breaking five ribs in the 2010 X Games. The 30-year-old appeared in Vancouver and Sochi's Games as well.

Other reports by Info About Network

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