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

Hanno Douschan of Austria and Markus Schairer of Austria compete during the Men's Snowboard Cross 1/8 Final on Day 6 of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park

A statement on their behalf read: "Snowboard crosser Markus Schairer suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra during his fall in the quarterfinals in Bokwang".

He was up in the air for what seemed like an age and when he came down, his back and neck took the full force of the impact.

Markus Schairer, an Austrian snowboarder, broke his neck during a crash in the Winter Olympics.

After lying on the ground for several moments, he got back up but appeared to be in pain.

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Descending from his jump, the front of Schairer's board begins to point towards the sky as his back goes horizontal.

They don't believe there is any long-term damage or mental impairment, which frankly is a freakin' miracle. Thankfully, it appeared that he didn't suffer from any long-term neurological damage, and he's now in stable condition.

The three-time Olympian landed on his back, and his protective goggles flew off during the crash landing.

Schairer had suffered an elbow injury in a crash during a previous event on Thursday, ESPN reported. "The return transport to Austria is prepared (with medical assistance), should take place as soon as possible". His 2007-08 season was cut short after he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee and two years later he broke five ribs while competing in the Winter X Games.

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