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Austrian snowboarder breaks neck in crash

Markus Schairer took a nasty spill on a jump
Austrian snowboarder breaks neck in crash
Posted at 8:17 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 21:17:34-05

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer broke his neck after a crash during the quarterfinals of the snowboard cross.

The video, shared by journalist Lukas Zahrer, said that Schairer suffered a cervical vertebral fracture, but doctors feared no long term damage.

A translated statement from the Austrian Olympic website confirmed, saying Schairer fractured his fifth cervical vertebra and neurological impairments are not present.

The Associated Press reported that Schairer's Olympics are done, and eh is headed back home.