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Austrian snowboarder breaks neck in quarterfinal crash at Olympics

Tom Schad

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An Austrian snowboarder broke his neck in a crash Thursday, but medical professionals have ruled out significant everlasting hurt, the Austrian Olympic committee mentioned in a assertion.

Markus Schairer fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae in the course of a quarterfinal race in snowboard cross at the Wintertime Olympics in Pyeongchang, sailing through the air and landing gruesomely on his higher back again and neck on the system&#8217s last bounce. The impact triggered the 30-yr-aged&#8217s goggles to pop off and left him lying on the ground while his rivals crossed the complete line.

Schairer in some way returned to his feet and completed the race beneath his personal electrical power. 

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The Austrian Olympic committee mentioned in the statement that Schairer, who was in fourth place at the time of his crash, will be transported back again to Austria by medical staff &#8220as soon as feasible.&#8221 There are no early indicators of neurological impairment or long-term injury, according to the committee.

This is not the 1st significant damage that Schairer, who also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, has experienced even though racing. In accordance to his Olympic profile, he broke five ribs in a crash at the 2010 X Online games, then fractured a joint and tore four ligaments in his remaining shoulder throughout one more race in 2013.

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