Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka avoids 'big injury' in horrifying crash

Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka avoids 'big injury' in horrifying crash

Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka had a scary crash during the 2018 Winter Olympics men's halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, resulting in paramedics bringing the 16-year-old off the course on a stretcher.

Totsuka was attempting a double corkscrew and hit the top of the halfpipe on his landing. His body slammed against the edge, and he continued to fall 22 feet down into the center of the pipe. Totsuka managed to sit up on his own, but he was attended to by medics and eventually stretchered off the halfpipe.

Totsuka came crashing to the snow on his upper back, just missing his head, before flipping and sliding on the snow and coming to a halt with his head in his hands.

According to TIME, Totsuka was taken to the hospital for a CT scan of his hip.

After a short delay the final continued, where American Shaun White went on to take gold, Hirano won silver and Aussie Scotty James claimed bronze.

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