Markus Schairer had a mishap while competing for the men’s Olympic snowboard-cross competition on Thursday.
The Austrian snowboarder lost control mid-air after gliding down a slope during the quarterfinals at Bokwang Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The athlete landed on his back and broke his neck but has been reported to be in stable condition.
Three-time Olympian Markus Schairer was into the second-to-last jump of the run when he lost control in the air and crashed on his back. His protective goggles flew off his helmet during the crash landing.
Schairer laid on the ground for a few moments then continue finishing the competition. According to the Austrian Olympic Committee, he was taken to a nearby hospital later and was diagnosed with a broken fifth cervical vertebra in his neck. The committee also said Schairer will return to Austria for further treatment.
Fortunately, his injuries did not result in a neurological or permanent damage. The 30-year-old sportsman also hurt his elbow during an earlier run in the 2018 Winter Games.
Schairer had acquired several injuries in his snowboarding career, tearing four ligaments in his shoulder and fracturing a joint during training in Canada.
According to his Olympic bio, he also broke five ribs during the Winter X Games quarterfinals in Colorado in January 2010. And in February 2008 Schairer had a ruptured ligament in his knee.