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16-year-old Japanese snowboarder suffers frightening fall in men's halfpipe final

Yuto Totsuka was taken to hospital but did not suffer any head or neck trauma, a team spokesperson later confirmed.

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka suffered a frightening fall in the men’s halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday in Pyeongchang.

On his second run of the final, Totsuka dropped in and went for his first jump, twisting several times in the air. Totsuka missed his landing, however, crashing into the lip of the halfpipe, which NBC described as “frozen concrete.”

Totsuka smacked into the ground, falling face-first into the middle of the halfpipe.

Here’s a sense of how high Totsuka had gotten:

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And where he fell:

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Paramedics immediately came out, and Totsuka was taken off in a stretcher. A spokesperson for the Japanese team later told the New York Times that Totsuka was taken to hospital with an injured hip, but had not suffered any head or neck trauma.

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Pyeongchang Olympics Snowboard Men Source: Kin Cheung

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