Austrian Snowboarder Markus Schairer Breaks Neck After Terrifying 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

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer broke his neck in the quarterfinals of snowboard cross at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, but he was able to finish the race.

Heading into the second to last jump of the run as he attempted to gain ground on the leaders, Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer lost control in the air.

Schairer fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae, the Austrian Olympic committee said in the statement. Upon impact, his red goggles split apart and went flying several feet away from his body. "The return transport to Austria is prepared (with medical assistance), should take place as soon as possible". He then crossed the finished and waived to the crowd. He had crashed on an earlier run, hurting his elbow.

The Australian won a silver medal in snowboard cross at the 2007 Junior World Championships in Bad Gastein. The 30-year-old appeared in Vancouver and Sochi's Games as well. He broke five ribs in January 2010 during a Winter X Games event in Aspen.

Adding to his woes, Schairer's 2007/2008 season came to an abrupt end when he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee in February 2008. He also had another crash in which he fractured a joint and tore four ligaments in his left shoulder in 2013, per his profile.

Schairer's career has been marred with injury, according to his Olympic biography.

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