A very DISTURBING video is making its rounds online – showing a snowboarder BREAKING HIS NECK during an Olympic competition.
Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer crashed in the quarter-finals of the Snowboard Cross in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Markus managed to escape paralysis, however, and he got up and continued the race.
It was later revealed that Schairer broke a bone in his neck from the crash, but the 30-year-old unbelievably got to his feet and finished the race.
The Austrian Olympic committee released a statement following the crash.
"Snowboard crosser Markus Schairer suffered a fracture of the fifth cervical vertebra during his fall in the quarterfinals in Bokwang. The good news: Neurological impairments are not present, consequential damage can currently be ruled out. In addition, the Vorarlberger pulled an elbow injury.
The 30-year-old had come to the penultimate jump hard to crash, but could then independently drive to the finish. The return transport to Austria is prepared (with medical assistance), should take place as soon as possible."
In previous events, Schairer has suffered broken ribs, torn ligaments, and even a fractured joint.
Three days ago he posted a selfie of himself wearing a neck brace captioned:
"my dream did not come true. i don not bring home gold, silver or bronce. instead i'm wearing my own personal medall now. honestly, i had more than one guardian-angle. i broke my neck (5th cervial spine) at one of the worst crashes in my entire live. luckily there are no neurological deficits, so i will be able to walk soon. when such things happen, you really start knowing whats important! thanks for the massive support from my family, friends, the @olympic_team_austria and all the wishes from all around the world!! big applause for my opponents but friends on the podium @pierrevaultier @jarrydhughes @reginoherma3
#badass #olympics #pyongchang2018 #crash #pain #comminghome #snowboardcross #sbx"
Here is the video: