Austrian to go home after breaking neck

Violet Powell
February 17, 2018

"Snowboard crosser Markus Schairer suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra during his fall in the quarterfinals in Pyeongchang", explained the committee.

Schairer landed with full force on his back, with his head snapping back and hitting the ground.

Markus Schairer's Olympic dreams were shattered on February 15 when the Austrian snowboard broke his neck after suffering a nasty fall in the men's snowboard cross quarterfinals.

The collision was such that the daredevil's goggles came flying off and he lay on the ground for a few moments in pain and shock.

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Markus Schairer, second from bottom, seemingly lost control mid-air during a quarterfinals run on Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"Neurological impairments are not present", and "consequential damage can now be ruled out", the organization said, adding that he suffered an elbow injury. Schairer's' determination got him to strap back into his board and he continued to cross the finish line - he even had enough energy to wave to the crowd!

Schairer's been transported back to Austria for further medical treatment, and per, is now in stable condition.

This is not the first serious injury that Schairer, who also competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, has suffered while racing. While training in 2013, Markus fractured a joint and tore four ligaments in his left shoulder.

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