Japanese Olympic snowboarder Yuto Totsuka took a scary spill during today’s men’s snowboard halfpipe event.
The men’s snowboard halfpipe was on display, and featured an amazing back-and-forth between Olympic great Shaun White and young Japanese star Ayumu Hirano. Not everything was positive however, as another Japanese athlete, Yuto Totsuka, had a frightening moment.
Totsuka is a 16-year old from Japan, who qualified in 10th during Monday’s heats. About 20 minutes before Hirano put together his silver medal-winning second run, Totsuka landed on the lip during his.
The images from the run are incredibly scary. Totsuka had a ton of air before going down hard, and was an estimated 35 feet up.
He came down hard and hit the lip of the halfpipe, and was on the ground for a while before being stretchered off. Obviously, he did not finish out the event.
We haven’t gotten a full update on Totsuka’s status after the fall. However, USA Today‘s Rachel Axon gave a fairly reassuring report.
According to Japan’s press officer, Totsuka did not have a “big injury,” but did feel pain in his hip.
He was taken to the hospital after the fall. Here is video from the event, which is being aired on NBC:
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Our thoughts go out to Totsuka. Hopefully, as the press officer said, this wasn’t a significant injury, but it was terrifying to watch nevertheless.
Shaun White finished in first and captured his third gold medal with a spectacular 97.25 run. Hirano finished with the silver medal after his 95.25 run, while Australian Scott James earned bronze with a score of 92 on his first run.