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.
The TV commentators described Totsuka’s fall as one of the worst they’ve ever seen. Olympics fans across the Internet quickly shared similar sentiments, with well-wishers offering the Totsuka sympathy and hopes for a speedy recovery.
“Scary scene at the halfpipe. Medics tending to Japan’s Yuto Totsuka, who bounded off the lip and fell all the way down the pipe face-first. He was moving, but getting dragged off on a stretcher,” the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore
A reporter for the New York Times
Scary scene at the halfpipe. Medics tending to Japan's Yuto Totsuka, who bounded off the lip and fell all the way down the pipe face-first. He was moving, but getting dragged off on a stretcher.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) February 14, 2018
the crowd was “stunned in silence.”
Crowd stunned in silence as Japan's Yuto Totsuka is hurt in the halfpipe, about to be stretchered out. The Oly feed isn't showing anyone any replays.— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) February 14, 2018
“Really hope the kid is okay. he’s just 16 years old and that was one of the worst crashes i’ve ever seen. really hope for the best for the kid,” a Twitter user named Cameron Brady wrote in response to Totsuka’s crash.
Totsuka was taken to the hospital for CAT scans to examine what officials described as a hip injury.
— With reporting from Sean Gregory in Bongpyeong.