Japanese Teen Snowboarder Had One of the Most Brutal Falls of the Olympics


Yuto Totsuka, Japan’s representative for the men’s snowboard halfpipe division, suffered a terrible fall when he missed his landing during his run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The accident occurred during the 16-year-old athlete’s second run for the division’s finals on Wednesday, Business Insider reported.

After spinning into the air, Totsuka reportedly missed his landing and crashed on the corner of the pipe that was described as a “frozen concrete.”

The teenage athlete tumbled down the surface of the halfpipe before coming to a stop. He managed to flip himself over, but he was not able to move much.

The emergency medical team at the 2018 Winter Olympics immediately rushed to Totsuka’s aid. He was put on a stretcher and brought to the hospital, according to CBS Sports.

There is no official word yet on Totsuka’s condition.

Initial updates suggested he may have escaped more serious injuries from the fall, but he suffered some pain in his hip, according to Japan’s press officer.

Viewers of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics immediately took to social media to get answers, spread the news and send positive messages.