16-year-old Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka's Olympic debut ended on a horrifying note as he took a nasty spill during his run in the men's halfpipe final.
He was conscious and able to sit up before being assisted into a sled to be stretchered to medical assistance.
The accident comes after many athletes have spoken about the unsafe, windy conditions in Pyeongchang. Medics tending to Japan's Yuto Totsuka, who bounded off the lip and fell all the way down the pipe face-first.
Totsuka hit the lip of the halfpipe as he hurtled back to the ground and dropped down to the flat.
But it was during the second run which saw Totsuka suffer a gut-wrenching crash and immediately silence the crowd.
Rukajarvi also slammed the organisers for allowing the competition to continue despite the unsafe conditions. I'm happy to land my run and get a good score but I'm most happy that no one got hurt bad'. Totsuka appeared to be moving on his own when the paramedics came to put him on a stretcher.
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