Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka suffers brutal crash in Olympic halfpipe final

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Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka had a scary crash during the 2018 Winter Olympics men's halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, resulting in paramedics bringing the 16-year-old off the course on a stretcher. Medics tending to Japan's Yuto Totsuka, who bounded off the lip and fell all the way down the pipe face-first.

Totsuka had just begun his second of three runs and appeared to be attempting a complex trick when disaster struck.

He eventually was stretchered out of the halfpipe by medical personnel. Event organisers have been slammed for continuing the competition despite the conditions.

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According to reports on the ground, Japan team officials said he suffered "no big injury" but was experiencing severe hip pain when he was taken to hospital.

Although Totsuka was moving, he wasn't able to get up on his own.

Austria's Anna Gasser started the women's final at the Phoenix Snow Park as one of the medal contenders, but crashed on both runs - managing only 15th place.

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