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Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka

Yuto Totsuka of Japan is attended to by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Yuto Totsuka suffers horrifying crash in Olympic halfpipe final

During the men’s halfpipe finals, Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka violently crashed while attempting to land a big-air trick, bulleting his body headfirst into the snow.

The 16 year old lost control of the landing, smashing his board directly on the top of the pipe, then bounced off the top rail, and flipped upside down in the air resulting in a face-first drilling down the decline of the halfpipe. His momentum took him sliding head-first down the hill to an eventual stop, appearing unconscious for what seemed like an eternity.

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