Austrian snowboarder, Markus Schairer, broke his neck in a crash during a boardercross quarterfinal run. According to a statement by the Austrian Olympic committee, doctors have ruled out serious permanent damage.
Schairer landed on his upper back and neck resulting in a fracture to his fifth cervical vertebra.
Translation of Official Statement from the Austrian Olympic committee:
“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.”
*We are hoping for the best for Mr. Schairer. Heal up soon.